Chapped, broken, dried up, flaky lips,
Something we all dread having.
While wanting to achieve those soft, yummy smooth lips, most of us forget the most crucial thing to do first; exfoliating our lips.
Continuously slouching that lip balm on flaky lips and wondering why there isn’t a big change isn’t helping anyone.
Sure, you can put on your favorite lip balm and be on your way but once it fades, you’re back to where you started.
Exfoliating our lips regularly helps to slough off dead chapped skin which in turn helps our lip balm to penetrate deeper into our skin leaving us with a smooth, healthy, and yummy pout.
A very good way to do this is by making your DIY lip scrub which is easy and cost-friendly (you already have all the ingredients you need)
I’m all about DIY when it comes to some products because they are fun to do and overall I can be able to control what I put on my skin.
Luckily for us, a lip scrub is that one DIY that essentially anyone can make.
Are lip scrubs bad for your lips?
Lip scrubs are good and can be used to exfoliate your lips to make them smoother. It is very good to use on chapped or sunburned lips.
Be mindful that over-exfoliating your lips can cause abrasion and if you’re not careful can lead to bleeding.
You can get hyper-pigmentation if you’re too rough with exfoliation, so be gentle.
How do you make a homemade lip scrub?
The key to making a great scrub is combining a natural exfoliate like sugar and base oil to hold the whole mixture together.
I necessarily don’t recommend adding any colorings, fragrances, or essential oils because this may disrupt the outer skin leading to irritation, dryness, and rashes.
Lip scrub DIY recipes
Below I’ve compiled three DIY lip scrubs with simple ingredients off the counter that I experimented with and they work perfectly well. You can measure the quantity to suit you, feel free to experiment.
DIY Sugar lip scrub
a. Mix two tablespoon of sugar with one tablespoon of coconut oil/olive oil and one tablespoon of honey
b. Massage the mixture on your lips. leave it for ten minutes or more and remove with a warm wet cloth
c. Store the remaining in an airtight container
Honey has skin hydrating properties to keep your lips moist and supple.
Sugar is a natural glycolic acid and it increases cell turnover because it is a gentle chemical exfoliate
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DIY Coffee lip scrub
a. Mix two tablespoon of coffee grounds with one to two tablespoon of coconut oil/olive oil
b. You can add two tablespoons of sugar to make your scrub slightly more abrasive
c. Repeat steps b and c of recipe 1
This scrub will help increase the color in the lips because the caffeine in coffee scrub helps to increase blood flow.
DIY Green tea sugar scrub
a. Mix two tablespoon of green tea with olive oil and one tablespoon of sugar
b. Repeat steps b and c of recipe 1
Green tea is a perfect ingredient for a lip scrub because it helps to nourish soothe and moisturize.
Don’t just stop at making DIY scrubs for lips, check out this post on; 5 easy recipes for body scrubs,step by step diy recipe to smoother skin
Tips for exfoliating lips
- Don’t exfoliate your lips too hard to prevent hurting your lips
- You should stick to exfoliating once a week to avoid over-exfoliating
- Always make sure to protect your lips with a lip balm when going outdoors
- Moisturize your lips after exfoliating by opting for a rich balm to hydrate your lips
- DIY your lip scrubs. This way you know what is in your lip scrub
Should you exfoliate lips every day?
You shouldn’t exfoliate your lips every day but just stick to doing it twice or once a week to avoid over-exfoliating and hurting your lips
How to store your DIY lip scrub
Store your homemade lip scrub in an airtight container and keep in a place with room temperature
And if you’re not in the mood to make the lip scrub but you still want to exfoliate your lips. Get a soft-bristled toothbrush and wet it, then gently use it to brush your lips in circular motions.
Which of these lip scrubs do you think would be the best alternative for you and which one are you jumping in to make right now? Comment below!