Dry, flaky lips getting you down?
Want your lips looking healthier than ever?
Well, we’ve got an easy solution for you, and it only requires a few kitchen cupboard staples. In under 5 minutes you can exfoliate the dry skin and enjoy soft lips all day. A lip scrub combines exfoliation with much needed moisture to keep lips softer for longer, whatever the weather. Here’s a delicious homemade lip scrub recipe for you to experiment with.
Coconut Honey Lip Scrub
This recipe is so easy and a classic! Honey combined with sugar and oil is all you need to moisturise and remove the dead skin from your lips. Here’s your customisable lip scrub formula:
2 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Coconut Oil/Any other oil you have in your pantry
Mix everything together in a small bowl until you have a thick paste. Apply to lips with fingertips and Massage the mixture into your lips. It’s so tasty you’ll definitely be tempted to eat the mixture! Rinse with warm water to reveal smooth lips and follow with a lip balm. Keep any extra in a small container, in a cool dry place.
Honey – It’s a humectant which means it draws moisture in and has anti-septic properties which can speed up healing.
Sugar – A fantastic natural exfoliant and gentle enough to be used on the lips and any sensitive areas.
Coconut Oil – relatively solid at room temperature, adds great moisturising properties to your lip scrub to hydrate your lips.
How to Customise your lip scrub:
If you don’t have any coconut oil lying around at home, you can substitute it for any of the following:
- Olive oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Rapeseed Oil
You can’t go wrong sticking with just sugar and honey, but sometimes you want a bit of oomph to your lip scrub. Here’s a few optional extras you can add to your scrub:
- Add a dash of cinnamon or cayenne pepper if you want to naturally ‘plump’ your lips. You literally need a pinch – a little goes a long way.
- Add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil for a plumping effect, and a lovely minty scent.
- Add a dash of cocoa powder for nourishing antioxidants and a bit of a chocolatey flavour.
- Add a splash of lemon juice to let the natural citric acid exfoliate your lips along with the sugar. Not recommended if you have cracks in your lips as the citric acid will burn.
Tips for exfoliating your lips
Be Gentle: Don’t exfoliate lips too hard! Gently exfoliate your lips in small circular motions. If your lips are particularly sensitive, use less sugar.
Don't over Exfoliate: Limit your lip exfoliation routine to once a week, this is enough to remove the dry skin to help maintain soft and supple lips. Over exfoliating can lead to dry, sore lips!
Always Moisturise after Exfoliating: Choose a rich lip balm to hydrate your lips after exfoliation, to lock in the moisture and protect your lips from the elements.
Protect your Lips: When going outdoors, make sure you apply a lip balm that has SPF to protect your lips from sun damage.
If you’d like to make your lips soft and smooth, make your lipstick look better and last longer or remove dry skin, give this DIY lip scrub a go.