It’s winter. Do something about your lips.

Freezing in style
Freezing in style wearing Origins Hydrating Lip Balm in Nude Nectarine

Cold weather can wreak havoc on my skin, but it’s my lips that suffer the most. More often than not, I’ve emerged from the snowy slopes of the Alps looking like I’ve been doing something strange with a powdered doughnut.

Not too appetizing for aprè-ski, eh?

During Zurich’s recent snowgasm a friend invited me for a jaunt from Felsenegg along a path that ends at the top of the Albis Pass. It all started great.

Then the snow came.

Then more snow came.

Yep. Me.
Yep. Me.

Then I started thinking of this movie:

Not really Dances with Wolves.
I don’t think he dances with wolves.

Luckily, Mr Neeson’s services weren’t needed. And if they were, my lips remained nice and soft just in case I wanted to give him a kiss thanks to Origins Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm in Nude Nectarine.

Origins Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm (image from Ohmyface.com)
Origins Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm (Image:  Ohmyface.com)

I had shied away from the entire Origins line since it moved from make-up to “anti-aging” skin care (I have no qualms about aging, thank you very much). But I bought this lip balm in a pinch while I was on the road and was pleasantly surprised. The texture is thick enough to protect and condition in cold temps, but not as tacky. In addition, the Nude Nectarine shade didn’t make my lips look ashy. It’s available in different tints.

Here are a few more tools in my cold weather arsenal for lips:

 Vaseline Lip Therapy

Vaseline Lip Therapy. Which is really just Vaseline.
Vaseline Lip Therapy. Which is really just Vaseline.

I snagged a couple these babies (the packaging is tiny, 0.25 oz / 7 g) back home. Unless I’m daft, there’s not that much difference between Vaseline and Vaseline Lip Therapy except for the addition of “Yellow 5 Lake,” a dye. With that said, it’s Vaseline. It works. Yes, I know that it contains petroleum, and for some that’s a no no. But for me, I haven’t had any issues with it. After I’m done with the “Lip Therapy,” I’ll probably refill the container with plain ol’ Vaseline.

Weleda Everon Lip Balm

Weleda Everon Lippenpflege
Weleda Everon Lip Balm

Weleda’s Everon Lip Balm (“ever on,” get it?)  is my workhorse. It also has magical powers. When I lose one and buy another tube to replace it, two previously lost tubes pop up in a coat pocket or my make-up bag. Joking aside, it gives a great matte layer of protection that you can wear alone or under your lipstick. I use this under my MAC Red Satin Lipstick (see bio pic) as a moisturizer since my lips dry out when I wear the lipstick alone.

What’s in your winter lip care arsenal?

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