SNOWSHOE MAGAZINE GEAR REVIEW:

Gear Review: All Terrain WinterSport Skin Protectant/Sunscreen

It would be easy to jump right into the clichés when talking about All Terrain’s WinterSport Skin Protectant/Suncreen. Peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, ebony and ivory… the fact is, this do-it-all winter skin cream really is more than the sum of its parts.

On the one hand, it’s an SPF 30 sunscreen. Anyone who has ever spent more than an hour or so on the snow knows how important sun protection can be in the winter, but who thinks to dig around in the beach bag before a snowshoeing trip? The water and sweat resistant WinterSport makes it easy, and includes UVA and UVB protection for those “severe clear” days that sometimes occur during the winter months. It’s even biodegradable, according to the manufacturer.

On the other hand, WinterSport is also a skin cream that’s designed to keep skin from chaffing, chapping or cracking in the cold air. Here’s where it is unique. Prior to trying this stuff out, I had never used a winter skin cream before and, to be honest, had never really thought about it as an option. But it makes sense. From cold air, to stiff winds, to blowing snow, winter is tough on skin. This stuff goes on easy and is fairly grease-free, unlike most sunscreens, and it has a slight herbal scent that doesn’t exactly scream summer at the lake. (For the record, this cream won’t help with sun chapped lips, but I’ve had good luck with Burt’s Bees SPF 8 lip balm for that purpose.)

As one negative note, however, I did have some trouble getting the WinterSport to soak in completely without leaving a white haze on my face, which is a problem I’ve had with sunscreen products before. Not necessarily a dealbreaker, but users might want to think twice before smearing on the WinterSport and heading to the mall.

For more information about All Terrain’s WinterSport Skin Protectant/Sunscreen, click here.