7 Fantastic Lip Scrub Recipes for Soft Lips
I'm excited to feature this guest post from Sarah Smith, editor of the site- FixYourSkin.com.
We all know that many over the counter beauty products contain harmful chemicals. Making your own skin care products is the best way to keep toxins out. If you ever get dry or peeling lips, homemade lip scrubs are the answer.
You may already be using a scrub for your body, but lips are a sensitive area, that are often neglected. As the skin on your lips is thinner, they tend to get drier much faster than other parts of your body. Using a gentle exfoliant is the best way to slough off any dead skin cells to uncover soft lips. A lip scrub exfoliates lips while at the same time locking in moisture.
You may feel that DIY recipes require effort and time, which you don’t have a lot of. But the recipes mentioned below are well worth the effort and take hardly any time to put together.
1. Honey and Almond Lip Scrub
This nourishing scrub will leave your lips super soft. Almond flour is rich in vitamin E, selenium, and antioxidants. vitamin E is an essential nutrient that protects skin from free radical damage. For more information on vitamins and their benefits, check out this infographic.
Almond flour also has an abrasive texture to scrub away flaky skin, while the monounsaturated fat present keeps skin moisturized. Brown sugar adds extra exfoliation and honey is a natural humectant which attracts and retains moisture. Olive oil will leave skin moisturized.
1 tablespoon Brown sugar
½ tablespoon Almond flour
1 tablespoon Honey
½ tablespoon Olive oil
Mix all the ingredients together until a paste is formed. Apply this on lips and scrub gently for a few minutes. You can leave this on the lips for a few additional minutes if time allows. Wash off with lukewarm water. You can store any remaining scrub in a small jar.
2. Mint Lip Scrub
This mint scrub is made using a variation of the recipe mentioned above. The inclusion of Peppermint oil gives it an invigorating smell. This also gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body.
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon olive oil
1-2 drops of peppermint oil
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl to form a coarse paste. Apply this minty scrub on the lips and scrub gently. Let it sit for 5 minutes before washing off. Follow up with a lip balm to leave lips soft and tingly.
3. Chocolate Lip Scrub Mask
This DIY Chocolate Lip Scrub is customizable and super easy to make. Apart from the delicious smell, it is also extremely nourishing.
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 small drizzle of honey
Mix all the ingredients together to form a gritty paste. You can add more cocoa powder or olive oil to get the right consistency. To apply, take a bit of the scrub and massage it on your lips for a few minutes. This can also be left on as a mask to get the most of its nourishing benefits. Rinse off with warm water and apply a light coating of lip balm. This scrub can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
4. Ginger and Cinnamon Lip Scrub
Ginger is high in antioxidants and protects skin. It also improves elasticity and evens skin tone. Cinnamon stimulates blood vessels and plumps up lips.
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Mix all ingredients together until they form an even mixture. To use, rub a small amount on clean lips and massage gently. Rinse off with warm water.
5. Coconut & Honey Lip Scrub.
This lip treatment packs a moisturizing punch while at the same time getting rid of skin cells. It is also easy to make so you can get soft, supple lips at home.
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon Honey
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
Mix the coconut oil and honey together. Add in the sugar and mix to form a granular paste. Rub this mixture on your lips in a circular motion and rinse off with warm water.
6. Orange and Vanilla Lip Scrub
This is a revitalizing scrub that is made with orange essential oil, vanilla beans, refined sugar, and coconut oil. Orange essential oil is an antiseptic and has anti-inflammatory properties. Vanilla can help soothe skin and coconut oil moisturizes.
2 whole Vanilla Beans
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon Coconut Oil
2 drops Orange Essential Oil
Slit the vanilla beans and scrape out the pulp. Mix this in with the sugar and coconut oil to form the scrub base. Add in the orange essential oil. You can also add some orange zest to heighten the fragrance. Apply this mixture on your lips, scrub gently and wash off.
7. Raspberry Lemonade Sugar Scrub
This lip scrub has a refreshing scent and helps scrub away dead skin cells. Lemon essential oil has antibacterial properties and lightens pigmentation. Coconut oil helps Fix Your Skin and leaves it soft and moisturized.
1 tablespoon Coconut oil
1 tablespoon Table Sugar (Brown Sugar can be used as well, but this may alter the color and scent slightly)
2 drops Raspberry extract
2-3 drops Lemon essential oil
Place the coconut oil in a bowl with the sugar and stir to combine. Add the raspberry extract and the lemon essential oil. Mix to form an abrasive paste. Apply this on the lips and massage gently. Wash off with warm water and follow up with a moisturizing lip balm. Store any remaining scrub in an air-tight jar.
You don’t need to buy pricey lip products to exfoliate your lips. These homemade scrubs can give you soft, smooth lips at a fraction of the price. They are also completely natural, so you can avoid putting harmful chemicals on your lips. The lip scrub recipes mentioned in this article are extremely effective. Using a lip scrub 2-3 times a week is recommended, as over-exfoliation can strip your lips of their natural moisture. It is most effective to exfoliate your lips at bedtime and follow up with a lip balm so that your skin can renew itself overnight. For more skincare and makeup tips such as choosing the best foundations for acne prone skin (2016's top 10), check out Fix Your Skin.