Flaky lips can completely mess up your makeup look, and are extremely uncomfortable. Dry, chapped lips are especially common in the fall and winter season, since the air is cold and lips are more likely to peel. If you’re not drinking enough water or are drinking too much caffeine, this can be a cause of dry lips as well. Fortunately, there are a number of DIY lip scrub recipes that you can use to get your lips smooth and soft again. Here are a few solutions that can keep your lips looking their best.
Honey DIY Lip Scrub
For this DIY lip scrub recipe, you’ll need:
Combine the honey and baking soda until it forms a paste. Spread the mixture on your lips and let it set for a few minutes to get rid of dead skin cells. Rinse your lips with tepid water, then apply olive oil to restore the moisture balance of your lips and get rid of any excess baking soda.
Sugar Lip Scrub
For this lip scrub, you’ll need to mix a little raw sugar with a few drops of water. Put the mixture on your lips and rub it in gently. Wash the mixture off with lukewarm water, then apply petroleum jelly to your lips to lock in moisture.
Sugar and Salt Lip Scrub
This DIY lip scrub calls for petroleum jelly, salt and granulated sugar. Mix all the ingredients together smooth them on your lips. Let the exfoliator stay on your lips for at least 3 minutes, then remove with warm water and a cotton pad. This scrub is great to use 2 or 3 times a week if your lips peel often and you want to keep them in great condition while in harsh weather conditions.
Honey Shea Butter Lip Scrub
Here’s what you need for this effective lip scrub:
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of softened shea butter
Combine the ingredients, and soften the shea butter by whipping it with a spoon if need be. You can use this solution about twice a week for smooth lips. The shea butter also has a natural sun protectant that will keep your lips from getting too dry in the spring and summer. The lip scrub will also keep well in a container for up to two weeks.
Coconut Oil Lip Scrub
This tasty and beneficial DIY lip scrub works great on lips that quickly become dry even after applying lip balm. Coconut oil has nourishing ingredients that supply the lips with antioxidants and keep them looking youthful and healthy.
To make this scrub, combine a spoonful of Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil with coconut sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Spread the scrub on your lips and rinse off after a few minutes. The cinnamon works as healing agent for the lips and can protect you against fever blisters. You can also apply some coconut oil on your lips after exfoliating them to keep your lips beautiful and smooth.
Agave Lip Scrub
agave is a low-glycemic sweetener that comes in syrup form. It is slightly thinner than honey, and can be mixed with sea salt to make a lip scrub that will soften and condition the lips. Add a pinch of sea salt to a spoonful of agave, mix well, and apply to the lips. After leaving the scrub on your lips for about three minutes, rinse well and apply shea butter so that the lips will remain moisturized.
Almond Oil Lip Scrub
Almond oil is a natural skin conditioner that locks in moisture. It is often used as a carrier oil for essential oil moisturizers and can heal cuts and scrapes on the lips. Mix the two spoonfuls of almond oil with a spoonful of brown sugar and half a spoonful of cocoa butter. After letting the mixture sit on your lips for about five minutes, wipe your lips clean with a moist cotton ball. To help your lips retain moisture, spread a little cocoa butter on your lips before applying lip gloss or lipstick.
Try one or a combination of these effective lip scrubs for a perfect pout looks great even in harsh weather. Here’s to your beauty!