The Shelf is a men’s grooming series by Ape to Gentleman focusing on skin care; designed to assist with common grooming ailments, achieving certain looks and general best practice. Different from our Top 10 or Three of The Best series, The Shelf offers rounded solutions to a variety of topics – resulting in recommended products for your bathroom shelf. Similar Ape to Gentleman series include The Rail (Fashion) and The Room (Lifestyle).

The Shelf: Ski Season

Ski season is upon us. Pack your long johns and grab your boards, skis and sledges and head to the mountains to get your first taste of Winter 2013. Whether you’re having a taste of the high life in Courchevel or getting some serious off piste action in The Vallee Blanche, make sure to protect your skin.

Whilst most holidaymakers heading to popular sun destinations are aware of the need to wear protection against UV rays, the same cannot be said of those heading to the ski slopes. The British Skin Foundation has recently voiced concern on the number of skiers that are unaware of the high risk of sun burn when in the dizzying heights of the snow covered mountains.


Choose a sunscreen which offers a high sun protection factor – SPF 50 ideally. Apply to your face in the morning before hitting the slopes for all day protection, and to avoid red skin around your ski goggles – never a great look.

Recommended:Sol de Janeiro Starfruit Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 £19.00 – not only does this product provide protection from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays but it offers soothing and moisturising properties – ideal for harsh wintery conditions, courtesy of ingredients from the Amazon and Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest.


Cold, dry air and biting winds – like the weather found at ski resorts, will sap the skin of essential moisture. Off the slopes and into the moisture sapping air of central heating will have a similar effect. The key is to hydrate twice daily or at least before bed with an intensive moisturiser – think of it as skin food.

Recommended:Polaar Intensive Face Cream £22.50 – this ultra-nourishing face moisturiser will repair and soothe dry and damaged skin, courtesy of extracts of Liquorice soothe, while Olive Oil and Beeswax. The result is rapid relief, and long lasting protection for dry, irritated skin. Skin is left hydrated and nourished, and ready for the next day.

Take a look at our Top 10 Lip Balms too – to keep your lips hydrated and protected.

From Within

As well as water, recent studies have shown that tomato lycopene, can help to protect skin from UV ray damage to skin cells. Dietary intake of tomato phytonutrients helps protect against photoxidative stress on the skin, which can result from too much time spent in the sun.

Recommended:Lyc-O-Mato® £12.18 – harvested from non GM tomatoes, Lyc-O-Mato is the convenient way to add lycopene to your diet, with just one capsule providing the equivalent of a minimum of six large ripe tomatoes.