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Slope-Side Beauty: Olympic Alpine Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Spills on Winter Beauty Challenges and Tips

Winter has hit the US hard this week. Even Los Angeles is complaining about the cold, and you should see the crowd buying gloves at my local outdoors store!

With the change in weather, chances are more of us are experiencing the typical winter hair and skin issues. Dry, dry, dry, and more dry. Split ends and static are plaguing hair around the country. And I haven’t even started talking about the itch!

I chatted with someone who has spent a lot of time in the elements — 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin, upcoming US winter Olympic ski team-member.  It’s pretty obvious that you don’t become a world class athlete bound for the Olympics at 18 years old without a very supportive family, and P&G is once again featuring their “Thank You, Mom” series, which ran during the London Games to celebrate the athletes and the moms that helped them along the way. Despite the support from her family, Mikaela has a very busy winter ahead of her, training in Europe with several competitions leading up to the Olympics. I know I’ll be cheering her on as she competes at Sochi — she sounded more nervous about the attention than the skiing, although I think she’ll handle it with flying colors! Here are her best tips for dealing with winter weather hair and skin issues.

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    To get some tips on dealing with winter, I talked to Mikaela Shiffrin, who recently qualified to go to Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games.

    Image: Grafton Smith, c/o U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

  • The Challenge: Long Hours Outside 2 of 7
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    Mikaela says that she "skis for 5 or 6 hours a day, and then there's an hour or so of recovery and core workout in the afternoon." 

     

    She's been training on Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek and Copper, though the US Ski Team is leaving this week for Europe. They'll be spending the time up until the Olympics skiing in France, Switzerland, and Austria.

     

    That much time outside in the cold can be very harsh for skin due to temperature changes, drops in humidity and wind.  "You can't really expect your skin to just adapt to everything that you're putting it through in the winter, even if you don't ski. First you're inside, then you're outside, you're going through temperature changes and it just isn't good for your skin. Unless you're moisturizing your skin, it's not going to be pretty," says Mikaela.

     

    Image: Cody Downard/Cody Downard Photography, c/o U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

  • The Remedy: Keeping Skin Hydrated 3 of 7
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    A typical day for Mikaela involves "spending 5 hours out in the cold, I need that hydration in my skin. Yesterday was about -10 degrees. I was training in just this tiny little spandex suit! It's about keeping my skin hydrated and happy so that I can spend all of this time outside training and my skin can bounce back from that."

     

    Image: Sarah Brunson, c/o U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

  • The Remedy: Skin Hydrators 4 of 7
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    Mikaela uses multiple products to add the extra moisture that her skin craves.

     

    "I put on a nourishing night cream every night, and then I put on an everyday lotion during the day. I put on a layer in the morning, I put on more by mixing it into my CC Cream. So it's a triple whammy of hydration and my skin is probably just drowning right now! But, it feels pretty soft," says Mikaela.

     

    Try:
    Olay Complete Night Fortifying Cream $12.19
    Kiehl's Rosa Artica Cream $60
    Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer $11.15
    First Aid Beauty Daily Face Cream $20
    CoverGirl + Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation $13.99
    Pond's Luminous Finish BB Cream SPF 15 $12.99

  • The Challenge: Helmet Head and Split Ends 5 of 7
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    "Helmet head and ski racing go hand in hand, and split ends and ski racing are best friends," Mikaela says. "It's not that great being a ski racer and hoping that you're going to look pretty all the time."

     

    Image: Cody Downard/Cody Downard Photography, c/o U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

  • The Remedy: Overnight Hair Repair 6 of 7
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    "I try to keep my hair protected. I use an overnight repair serum in my hair every night. It seems like when I wake up although my hair looks like I ski for hours everyday, I can pass for a normal person! My split ends seem much better since I've been using this product. Although I feel like there's only so much that I can do, I'm trying to do as much as I can to prevent and treat this damage."

     

    Try:
    Pantene Pro-V Overnight Miracle Repair Serum $6.29
    Darshana Hair Oil $38

  • The Remedy: Styling Balm 7 of 7
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    "Before I go out of the hill I use a little bit of a styling balm, I put a little through the ends of my hair which seems to keep them a bit in place. I use a flexible hold hair spray at my roots and it stays in long enough that when I take my helmet off later I can tease my roots a little bit with my fingers and my hair will go back to normal. It makes my hair look quite a bit more normal instead of like helmet hair."

     

    Try:
    Pantene Pro-V Stylers Hairspray, Flexible Hold $5.99

    Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray $24
    Pantene Pro-V Stylers All-in-One Styling Balm $5.99
    Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream $36

Read more from Christine on Babble and her blog, 15 Minute Beauty. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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