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Byline: With Jess Hybert

If dry skin is your big worry while skiing (and you're lucky that broken limbs aren't your top priority), Origins it seems is a bit of a one-stop shop. Before pulling on your long johns, envelop your body in luscious A Perfect World Body Cream (pounds 25). Formulated with a hefty dose of white tea - a super hero among anti-oxidants, shea butter to soothe away itchy dryness and with a wonderful almost tangerine smell, you'd be hard pushed to find a more lavish lotion that'll preserve your delicate skin at altitude.

For specific dry patches of skin, there's Urgent Moisture (pounds 22.50), a potent ungent full of high speed hydrators like rose damascena and glycerin to hydrate parched hands, face and throat.

And adopting Have A Nice Day (pounds 22.50) moisturising cream while your slicing up the slopes wouldn't be a bad idea either. With SPF 15, it'll protect against the sun's harmful rays while repairing and nourishing the skin. It smells great too.

Origins is available at Rackhams.Stiff and aching muscles are pretty much par for the course after your first few days on the slopes, so book yourself some quality me time to relieve aching limbs.

Bath Bloomers has all sorts of gorgeous travel products and home spa treatments to lavish upon yourself. The Tea Rose Thermae set is just the thing for chilling out in your chalet. The set comes with four luggage-friendly sized jars filled with Body Scrub, Bath Soak, Bubbling Salts and Quenching Cream, to get you feeling Alpine fine.

First scrub your circulation back to life with the salt based sweet scented scrub, then lie back in the tub and let the hot water soothe your tired thighs and back. Then slather the body cream all over to protect your skin from the chapping effect of the elements. You'll be set for some serious apres ski. Gluwein anyone?

Bath Bloomers are available from Harvey Nichols and the Home Spa Kit costs pounds 22.

Just half an hour of sun exposure at high altitude can leave your face burnt and sore (and you looking pretty silly too). Did you know that the sun's rays become 13 per cent more powerful with every 1000 metres of increased altitude? So even though it's minus degrees up there, it's really important to apply sunblock, or at the very least a high factor sunscreen.

As always, high street favourite Boots is on hand with a huge range of skin care products designed specifically for this time of year. Sun protection gods, Biz Buin lead the way with a wide range of pocket-sized protection from Sun Lipstick and Facestick to Aftersun Soother for rosy noses. Prices start from pounds 5.79.

Boots' own sport brand, Soltan, is also on counter now for snow babes. The Face/Lip Combi (from pounds 5.20) comes in SPF25 and 15 and is water resistant so it won't melt away on the piste.

Make-up needs to be light when you're on the slopes, otherwise sweat and falling snow will have you looking like a snowboarding panda in minutes.

Tinted eyelashes are one option, and if you're fortunate enough to have naturally dark lashes, you can curl them without adding any products that are likely to smudge with the genius Lash Wand eyelash curler.

Like mini hot tongs, the battery-powered gizmo heats up in a few minutes, then you're set to achieve a perfectly curled, wide-eyed look that's all natural.

The effect is even more impressive if you do use mascara before curling - so you'll look even hotter while you indulge in some apres ski.

The Lash Wand costs pounds 25 and is available from Harvey Nichols.
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Date:Jan 15, 2003
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