In a past life I worked in the beauty industry, so I’m always on the search for products that keep you looking good on the slopes and après. There’s nothing worse than the damage the wind, cold, and sun can do to a skier’s lips. Having easily sampled over 100 lip balms in my lifetime, I’ve found the 5 listed below to be the best for staying comfortable while skiing and for healing in between slope sessions.
ON MOUNTAIN (with SPF)
Coola Liplux SPF 30 Original Formula, $12
This rich formula with Raspberry and Avocado fruit butters soothes and nourishes, while also protecting with SPF 30. It glides on smoothly and keeps lips feeling hydrated for hours. I not only use this for skiing, but also for running and surfing.
All Good Lips Unscented SPF 20, $3.50
No need to worry about leaving this organic wonder behind in the ski house or losing it off a lift. At only $3.50, you can stock up on these soothing, natural balms. This zinc oxide formula delivers ultimate SPF protection. All Good Lips also offers other flavors with SPF 15 protection.
Piz Buin Mountain Lip Stick SPF 30, $9.29
Swiss-brand Piz Buin can be a little difficult to find in the US, but it’s worth the search. Their Mountain line of products is formulated for high altitude conditions. The masculine packaging won’t ruin the tough guy image of the shredder in your life. Plus, if you can find the suncream + lip balm in 1 you’re really in luck.
APRÈS (for healing)
Lano Lips 101 Multipurpose Superbalm, $19
The award-winning multi-tasker is the perfect salve after a long day of skiing. Made with pure lanolin, known as Nature’s Wonder moisturizer, this rich balm seals in moisture and heals dry, cracked lips, and is a chic addition to any medicine cabinet.
Glossier Balm Com, $12
Full confession, I’m a sucker for anything Glossier (who doesn’t love enhancing your natural beauty), but this stuff works. Slather this antioxidant and emollient packed balm on to nourish and repair your lips after a long day on the slopes.