Pammy Blogs Beauty: Battling & Treating Winter-dry Lips: My Arsenal

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Battling & Treating Winter-dry Lips: My Arsenal

Is it cold enough for you beauties?

I don't know about ya'll, but this weather is really drying out my lips! I love this time of year for the holiday season; but not for the dry lips! And, LOL...I know, I know... I live in the Southern, US. So, its not usually *that* cold...but, it's pretty darn cold for *me* (and was 15 degrees this morning)! So, our heat is cranking, the fire has been going, and I have been taking showers with very hot water (bad for the drying out the skin, but it feels *so good* in this cold weather!). So, with that said, Its time to break out the "big guns" as far as lip moisturizers, lip treatments, and lip exfoliators! So, I will share with you some of my current faves in my lip care "arsenal" of products! :)

I literally have balms and lip moisturizers scattered all about my house and office as well as in my purse and my car. LOL! I know, I am a nut! But, when my lips are dry and uncomfortable, I want to be able to have a balm within arms reach. If I have one on hand, and apply frequently, then hopefully I can ward off those pesky dry lips this time of year.

I truly do use a wide variety of lip products. When I am testing a product, I use that exclusively. Otherwise, I use an assortment. Some of my lip products are slick and moisturizing while other are more like a balm. On days that I am going for a "natural" bare-lip look, I prefer something more moisturizing. As a base for lipstick, I prefer a waxier balm.

My Lip Care Arsenal:

The "Slick" Products (these moisturize and protect well, but are a bit too "slick" to be a good lipstick base):
  • Good ole Vaseline Petroleum Jelly: What a great and basic mulit-purpose product. Love this for skin irritations and for my lips. I keep a jar of this in our bathroom medicine cabinet and pretty much apply with a q-tip anytime I am feeling my lips get extra dry. Petroleum creates a barrier on your lips that seals in moisture allowing dry lips to heal and protecting your lips from the elements.
  • Smith's Rosebud Salve: Another "classic" all-purpose product that works great as a lip moisturizer. With a petroleum base, this is very similar to Vaseline in it's result. But, the Smith's Rosebud salve has an *adorable* retro tin, a pink "tint" (not visible on my lips but visable in the product), and a light/slightly perfume-y floral/powdery scent. I love keeping this cute tin on my nightstand. I think the scent is just heavenly. It makes me *want* to apply this product!
The Balms:

  • evolution of smooth alms (eos balms): I love these cute balms! I keep them everywhere: in my purse, at work, and all over the house! LOL! These waxy balms are adorably packaged in a little sphere which makes them easy to find when digging about in your purse or looking around your house for a balm. They taste great! Please see my previous eos review here. The waxy base makes these an ideal base coat for lipstick (and the best lipstick base of this little group of balms that I am listing). Some are formulated with SPF which is something I always look for when wearing product outside.
  • Softlips Lip Protectant (in Vanilla): SPF 20: Another great waxy balm that protects the lips from chapping. These are great for the pockets as they are so slim! I can keep one in my pocket at work. Being a speech therapist, I have a constant focus on my "mouth" while modeling speech productions, so I want to keep those lips smooth and moisturized! The SPF is always an added bonus. I love the Vanilla taste/scent.

  • ChapStick Ultra Renewal Nighttime Formula: This is my "overnight" lip treatment. I alternate using this and Smith's Rosebud Salve at night time. I keep this in the little drawer in my nightstand so that I don't forget to apply. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this product. It seems to work well as an overnight lip treatment; but, the smell/scent of this product is *terrible*! I am not even sure that I have words to describe it (lol, me at a loss for words?...rare!). :) So, I will continue to use this until I find something that smells and tastes better. But, this does work well for overnight lip protection.

  • Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub: This is my favorite product in this entire post!!! This delicious Bubblegum scented/flavored lip treatment is amazing ya'll!!! I am "new" to the LUSH brand and am so pleased with everything that I have tried so far from LUSH. You may remember me posting this product in a recent haul. This is a standout product for sure! The Bubblegum lip scrub is basically a sugar scrub with a nice bubblegum flavor. For those of you familiar with the LUSH brand, it is the "Snow Fairy" fragrance. You just lightly scrub onto your lips with your finger and can wipe off (or actually "eat" the product! It is vegan and, I believe, also organic). The product also contains jojoba oil, so it leaves your lips nice and moisturized. I follow with a lip balm or moisturizer as well. LOVE this one!!! And...its PINK!!! ;)
So, those are the lip balms, lip moisturizers, and lip treatments in my lip-care arsenal as of right now. I am always on the lookout for great lip products, so I would love to hear what is working for you readers! I am especially looking for a new night-time treatment product! In the meantime, you lovelies all stay warm!!!Thanks for reading!

Coming soon:
Battling & Treating Winter-dry Hands: My Fav Hand Lotions


liquoredonlacquer said...

Cool Post - i wonder if they sell those EOS balms in canada! :-( Ive never seen them and they are so cute♥

sugar sugar said...

The bubblegum lip scrub looks interesting. :)
I also love EOS balms too! I've been using the balms before i go to bed and so far my lips haven't been chappy nor dry. But i live in a tropical country . :)

FunnyFaceBeauty said...

Great post. I love the EOS balms. I have been having trouble with cracking at the side of my lips. I know last year I had to get some antibiotic cream for it so I may have to go back to the doctor. In the meantime, I really need to try that over night treatment (even just to understand the gross smell you can't describe)

Unknown said...

@FunnyFaceBeauty-Thanks girl! :) And...I have had that trouble with the corners of my mouth too! My dermatologist at the time recommended slathering with vaseline with a q-tip (I remember that he tried to recommend neosporin, but I am allergic to it, so he said that vaseline worked just as well as it is the "ointment" in the neosporin that is beneficial-which is basically vaseline). Try that...or, LOL..that overnight treatment with the funky smell! tee-hee! :)

Unknown said...

@liquoredonlacquer-Thanks girl! I hear from some of my other Canadian readers that the EOS balms can be found in drugstores, but at a higher price point than in the US (darn!). They are super cute and I totally recommend them! :)

Unknown said...

@ Sugar Sugar- Thanks for stopping by my blog! Great to hear that the EOS balms are working for you! And-so jealous that you live in a tropical country...sounds like paradise. And, lip protection is important there too for the sun protection SPF reasons and the EOS balms have SPF, so, yay on that! :) Thanks for reading!

Sharon said...

cool post hun,I use vaseline,Carmex lip balm&lip balms with SPF in all seasons and works well for me. I would love to try the EOS and bubblegum scrub they sound great...thanx for sharing

Tracy D said...

Doesn't that bubblegum lip scrub smell heavenly! I absolutely love it, it's so hard not to want to just lick it all off.

Unknown said...

Hey Sher! I haven't tried the Carmex with the SPF! I will have to check that out!

@Tracy-Yes, the bubblegum scrub certainly does smell heavenly!!! And-LOL! I know, I always want to eat it off!!! :)

Gaby Fauchon said...

Aww I would love to give those cute little EOS lipbalms a try, but they are not available where I live )= I guess I will have to stick with the good old Burt's Bees lipbalm!

Unknown said...

Hey Gaby-awh, thats too bad, at least Burt's Bees is a good option! :)

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