Exfoliating your skin is an important part of skincare. As the winter gets colder and windier, or the sunlight hits your face a little too directly, your lips might get chapped and dehydrated. It’s truly essential to take care of your skin (and lips). Meaning, you should pay attention to the parts of your face you might have overlooked.
That is to say, dry and chapped lips are not only an aesthetic concern for people, but the fact that they should be taken care of is because the amount of discomfort and pain they may cause can be quite irritating. Plus, we truly have a thing for trying on that new lipstick on smooth and soft lips. Or pulling a no-makeup look with effortless and fresh-looking lips. Or we simply want our lips to receive the proper care!
Symptoms of damaged lips include excessive dryness, swelling, burning, and even bleeding. The one way you can avoid the discomfort is by exfoliating regularly and giving the lips the moisture they need. Below we’re going to show you some of the ways on how to exfoliate lips properly and efficiently with products you can have at home.
How to exfoliate lips
There are many scrubs you can make on your own, and it’s fair to say, they’re pretty easy to make too. See below.
1. Brown Sugar & Honey
What you need for this exfoliator is:
– 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
– A dab of honey, enough to make a paste
– 1 drop vanilla
What you need to do is mix all these ingredients together and rub into lips and begin exfoliating gently. Let it sit for one or two minutes and rinse with warm water. To rehydrate lips, apply a bit of lip balm afterwards.
You can use the same scrub for up to a month, and use it 1 or 2 times per week.
What you need is:
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 teaspoon honey
– 1 teaspoon olive oil
– 1 drop peppermint oil
What you should do is mix all the ingredients together until it creates a paste. Hold a warm washcloth over the lips for about 4 minutes so the lips soften. Afterward, put the scrub in the lips and let it sit for 5 minutes. Rinse it with a warm washcloth and apply lip balm. Store it in a glass jar or a container sealed with a lid.
3. Sugar & Coconut Oil
This recipe is from Style Craze and what you’re going to need is:
– 2 teaspoons of sugar
– 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
– Lip balm
What you should do is put the sugar into a bowl and then add the lip balm, in the end, add the coconut oil. Mix them together and then scrub your lips for about 4 to 5 minutes and then rinse off.
4. Lemon & Honey
What you need to make this scrub is:
– 3 teaspoons of white sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil
– 1/2 teaspoon of honey
– 1/2 of a lemon
What you should do is put the sugar and jojoba oil in a bowl, and then add the honey. For flavor, you can add lemon. Mix them all together so they are distributed evenly. You can add sugar if you think the result is too liquidy. Scrub your lips in circular motions for two to three minutes.
What you’re going to need for this one is:
– Soft Toothbrush (kids’ ones would do)
What you need to do is apply a thick layer of Vaseline to your lips. Rub your lips gently in circular motions using the toothbrush. The toothbrush will exfoliate the lips and the Vaseline will heal and hydrate them. Tissue the extra Vaseline off your lips and leave some of for extra protection.
If you don’t have a toothbrush you can use, you can mix sugar or coffee grounds into the Vaseline and use your finger to rub in circular motions.
What you should know about lip exfoliation:
If you decide to use one of the scrubs above and exfoliate your lips, make sure not to exfoliate your lips too hard, limit your lip exfoliation routine to once (sometimes twice) per week, and do not forget to moisturize after you exfoliate by applying lip balm.
Learn more on how to exfoliate skin naturally using products you might just have at home. Head over to our article on How To Exfoliate Skin Naturally – 7 Natural Products You Can Use, for more.
You might also be interested in: 10 Natural Products You Should Use For Skin Care.