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The crisp air and majestic views alone are enough of a draw to retreat to the mountains. Factor in endless year-round activities from skiing to hiking and you’ll be lucky to get reacquainted with all that Mother Nature has to offer. With this in mind, packing for an outdoorsy vacation requires more than your usual cosmetics. The higher elevation calls for extra protection so you don’t burn. And the dry air will leave your skin feeling parched if not treated properly. Here are the top 5 beauty products to pack before you head to the mountains.

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Everything balm
Traveling with a multi-purpose balm not only saves space, it will save your skin from the moment you board the plane. Maya Chia’s Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm ($36 at is a spot treatment that will moisturize all of your parts. Whether your thighs get chaffed from hiking or your fingers get raw from rock climbing, this spot treatment will soothe hands, lips, elbows and feet—really anywhere you need relief—with natural ingredients like organic shea butter and chia oil.

Hair saver
The dry air doesn’t just attack skin, it does a number on frizz. A convenient way to keep your locks in check is with Kerastase Elixir Ultime Indulgent Oil Serum Solide ($45 at Its been pressed into a solid so you don’t have to worry about liquids leaking in your suitcase, and the innovative formula contains a cocktail full of healing oils that will tame flyaways and restore split ends.

When in the mountains, sunscreen is more essential than underwear. If your itinerary includes outdoor adventure, a water-resistant sunblock like Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($10.49 at is the way to go.

Hydration salvation
Mountain air can leave you feeling like a vacuum sucked all of the moisture from your skin. Your face feels tighter, legs get scaly and, unfortunately, pouring water on top of your head won’t solve the problem. The most effective way to keep skin hydrated is with an oil. Beauty oils penetrate skin more quickly than lotions, and they offer a lot of versatility. The same oil can be used on your face, body and even hair. Josie Maran 100 Percent Argan Oil ($48 at is a good one to try.

Pop of color
Just because you’re in nature doesn’t mean you have to go Au Naturel with your makeup. For a healthy wash of color on your lips, eyes and face, choose a face stick like Nars The Multiple ($39. at It comes in a variety of shades from berry to bronze, and the creamy formula leaves a dewy finish.

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Nicole Pearl

Nicole Pearl

Nicole Pearl is the founder of She also appears on local and national TV as a beauty expert and has worked at or written for national magazines such as Marie Claire, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Self, Allure and more.
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One thought on “Beauty must haves for a mountain getaway”

  1. My wife gets dry skin fairly easily, so the suggestion to bring some sort of moisturizer would be great for her. We’ve been looking at taking a mountain getaway, but I want to make sure we’re adequately prepared. I’ll be sure she takes a good moisturizer along so she can thoroughly enjoy our trip.

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