Lip scrubs should be an essential part of your skin care routine. Lips are often the feature that gets over looked but they are so important! There is nothing worse than having a flawless face only to be ruined with lipstick that is flaking off because of dry lips! I know that’s my personal pet peeve.
The skin on our lips is different than on our face. For one, it’s less forgiving: It dries up and hardens quickly. You might noticed that when you lick your lips a lot that they dry up quickly or when you are dehydrated the first place you feel it is on your lips.
Even if you try you hardest not to lick your lips they will still get some salty exposure from daily actives; such as eating, drinking and talking. With the luxuries of modern life- alcohol, coffee and salty foods -we often find ourselves dehydrated and our lips the casualties of the “flaky lips”.
We can’t fix the way our bodies function but we can make sure we exfoliate regularly and hydrate often. Using simple ingredients – that you can find in your kitchen cabinet and a tooth brush – we can create a quick fix that can be added to any routine!
Keep in mind: Use a lip scrub before wearing a matte lipstick or after being exposed to a lot of sun. The scrub removes dry skin, surface level damage and any imperfections from a suntan. Yes, you can get a suntan on your lips! Whenever possible, wear an SPF lipstick, lip gloss or lip balm.
In a small bowl mix the sugar in with the coconut oil. Remember that the more sugar you add the harsher of an exfoliate you are making. My preference is 2 teaspoons of sugar for every 1 teaspoons of coconut oil -because I like it grainy. If you know that your lips are sensitive then start off with very little sugar and more coconut oil for the added hydration. I would recommend 2 teaspoons of coconut oil for every 1 teaspoon of sugar. You can always go back and add more sugar if needed. The lip scrub lasts pretty well. I would recommend making enough for a month or two at a time.
Run a soft bristle toothbrush or a baby toothbrush under warm water for 5-10 seconds. Dip it in the mixture – depending on the consistency of the mixture you may have to apply it with your finger – and lightly start scrubbing your lips in a circular motion and up and down. Continue this until you have scrubbed both top and bottom lip. I like to focus on the sides of my lips a bit more because I find they benefit the most from the scrub. You can repeat the scrub again if you feel your lips needs a second coat 😉
Run the face cloth under warm water and gently remove the lip scrub. Remember not to rub the scrub off aggressively. Your lips might be sore from the scrubbing motion. Once you have removed the scrub from your lips and any nearby places it may have ended up at, grab some Vaseline or lip balm and apply it generously to your lips. I like to apply a heavy coat of Vaseline to on my lips after a scrub because I feel that they plump up nicely!
Please let me know how the scrub went and what was the best sugar to coconut oil ratio for your lips!