Wintertime or dry conditions can leave your lips rough and chapped. Exfoliating lip scrubs work well to combat dry lips, but they can be pricey if you purchase them from the cosmetics counter. Making your own is easy and fun, and will also save you money. Homemade beauty products are also free of toxins, so they are safe for anyone to use. With just a few simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry, you can make a salon-quality lip scrub that will leave your lips soft and kissable.
Sugar is a natural exfoliant and will help brush away dry skin from your lips and taste good while doing it. Preparing a sugar scrub for your lips is easy. Simply combine 1 tsp. of olive oil with 1 tsp. of white granulated sugar or brown sugar, and combine well until the mixture has the texture of coarse sand. Apply the mixture to your lips, gently rubbing the sugar to remove any flakes of skin. If you’d prefer, you can use a toothbrush to massage in the lip scrub. Rinse with warm water and apply a lip moisturizer immediately to keep your lips from drying out.
Baking Soda Scrub
Honey is more than just a sweetener, it is a natural, nutrient-rich cleanser. When preparing this scrub, be sure to use raw honey for the best results. This recipe will create a paste to help slough off dry, peeling skin. Combine 1 tsp. of honey, 1 tsp. of baking soda and a few drops of olive oil until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Apply the paste to your lips, and allow it to penetrate the skin for a few minutes. Rinse off the scrub using warm water and a soft washcloth. Apply a lip moisturizer when you’re done.
Coarsely ground coffee is another natural exfoliant that can be used in a recipe similar to the sugar scrub. This coffee scrub, however, is more gentle on the lips. Combine 1 tbsp. of olive oil with 1 tbsp. of coffee. (You may also add a little white sugar to this scrub for additional exfoliation.) Mix the ingredients well, and then massage the scrub onto your lips. Keep the scrub on for an additional five minutes before rinsing and applying lip moisturizer.
Don’t overuse a lip exfoliant. Using lip scrubs too often can exacerbate the problem and result in painful, cracked lips. Apply the scrub once a week, and use lip moisturizer the rest of the time. Use a cotton swab to apply the lip scrub to avoid transferring bacteria from your fingers into the jar. Because homemade beauty products do not contain preservatives, they have a shorter shelf life. Store any extra lip scrub in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Carol Bancroft has been writing about food and crafts since 2000 when she launched her blog, Pure Sugar. Bancroft formerly owned a small wine shop. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Massachusetts.