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Lauren’s Ski Trip Skin Routine

With many of us heading away for a snow trip this winter, our skin guru sets the record straight on keeping your skin healthy and protected when hitting the slopes…

I’m excited it’s snowboarding season again! I love the break in routine, the adventure, adrenaline and getting back to nature. Of course, the cold and heat play havoc with the skin and I do end up looking like a beetroot by the end of the day. Now is not the time to be letting up on skincare and sunscreen!

Here are the three key steps to my routine:

1. Antioxidants for protection
The skiing environment is a breeding ground for free radicals with the extreme UV on the mountain, the reflection off the snow and extended time outside. Free radicals are unstable molecules that cause a cascade of damage and antioxidants will stabilise that process halting the damage. Really important antioxidants are Vitamin C and B, so make sure these go on before your sunscreen in the morning.

2. Apply sunscreen, repeat and rescue
Apply sunscreen every 2 hours and more frequently if your face gets wet or you are sweating. For me the liposomal sunscreens (Cosmedix Peptide Rich Defence and Heliocare) have been game changers – they truly are the most efficacious sunscreen formulas I’ve used.

In addition to sunscreen, I will take my Cosmedix Rescue Balm to create a barrier that helps with transepidermal water loss. The cold air and the transitioning between heating and getting hot with exercise leaches hydration from the skin so reapplying a barrier, as well as sunscreen, will keep more moisture in the skin.

3. Repair & hydrate
You may be exhausted after a day of adventure but don’t skip the night routine as this is an important time for the skin to repair. Remember, Vitamin A is a key player in repair as well as peptides and antioxidants to further reduce the inflammation created through the day. I also add in a hydrating mask that I leave on over my serums at night.

Lauren - Medical Skin Therapist - Ski Trip
Lauren (middle) with friends on the slopes.

My Ski Trip Skincare Routine

Aspect Dr Deep Clean

Environ Avance Elixir (a multi-peptide product)

Aspect Dr Multi B (antioxidant)

Aspect Active C (antioxidant)

Cosmedix Rescue or Skin Better Moisture trio (Moisture and Skin barrier protection)

Cosmedix Peptide-Rich Defense (liposomal sunscreen with peptide repair)

Aspect Dr Deep Clean (rinse and repeat!)

Environ Avance Elixir

Aspect Dr Multi B

Cosmedix Refine (vitamin A)

Aspect Hydrate Mask

While this is my tried and true routine, it’s always best to have a skin assessment first in order to figure out what is needed for your specific skin requirements.

Stay safe out there – and enjoy the snow!

Your Skin Team Leader & Skin Guru,


Cosmedix Repair
Lauren Harding skin guru at The Face Place

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Takapuna Car Park

Toka Puia AT Carpark has just opened at 15 Northcroft Street and we recommend this as the closest under cover option. This is Pay by Plate and can be paid at the machine or via the AT Parking app - it's $1.50 per hour.

We also suggest parking on Northcroft Street or Anzac Street using AT Pay & Display.

Anzac Street Carpark offers Pay & Display parking as well as monthly parking leases with casual parking from $1.

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The Central Valet drop-off point is located on the corner of Gore and Tyler Streets, opposite Takutai Square. Drive in via the entrance on Gore Street, where you’ll be greeted by a friendly valet concierge. Just leave your engine running, take your ticket and off you go. Cars dropped here will be valet parked for you at Britomart Car Park. You can retrieve your car at any time by taking your valet ticket to Britomart Car Park Reception on the corner of Britomart Place and Scene Lane.

Valet parking is $20* for two hours (includes parking charges) $5 each additional half-hour to a daily maximum of $45 (to midnight). You just drop off your car and pick up a ticket, without the hassle of finding a parking space. It is available from 10am-8pm.

If you wish to park longer than two hours, until the end of June 2022 there is also special offer of half-price parking booked through www.mycarpark.co.nz which is available by using the special code on the landing page.

We’re also right beside Britomart Train Station and public transport is 50% off until the end of August 2022.