With the cooler winter temperatures comes dry and chapped lips. Use this easy sugar lip scrub DIY recipe for softer and smoother lips right away. It’s easy to make with just a few ingredients, and it works to moisturize your lips long after you rinse it off.
You probably exfoliate your skin with a sugar scrub to keep your skin looking and feeling smooth, but when was the last time you used a lip scrub to keep your lips soft and smooth?
One of my favorite easy beauty hacks is to use a lip scrub once a week. It helps slough off dead skin cells, leaving my lips softer and smoother.
I use a lip scrub all year, but they are especially nice in the winter when your lips can get dry and are prone to getting chapped.
Lip scrubs start working right away by removing dead skin cells for smoother lips. The coconut oil keeps working long after you rinse it off to moisturize your lips.
Just like the skin on your body, your lips can also get dry and accumulate dead skin cells. You’ll notice that your lips might feel dry, tight, or even crack from being too dry.
When your lips are dry, they look dull. Lipstick, especially liquid lipstick, won’t be smooth and won’t look as good or dry lips as it does on smooth lips.
At the first sign of dry lips, you probably reach for the lip balm. Usually, that works, but sometimes it’s just not enough.
Sometimes there can be a buildup of dead skin cells, so it’s a good idea to use a homemade lip scrub to remove the dead skin cells for softer and smoother lips.
You can exfoliate your lips with this easy lemon and lavender lip scrub recipe. I like this recipe because it’s simple, and I always have the ingredients in my pantry.
If you’ve ever used a liquid lipstick that was next to impossible to remove, this is a great way to remove it without drying out your lips.
You can use either white sugar or brown sugar. White sugar has a larger grain. Brown sugar has a finer grain, so it’s gentler on your skin.
I use both white and brown sugar, depending on my needs at the time. I typically use brown sugar in the summer and white sugar in the winter when my lips are more prone to dryness.
I’ve even mixed them to make it more abrasive than using just brown sugar. Just use the same amount of total sugar in the recipe.
Coconut oil is wonderful for dry or chapped lips. I use it as an easy natural lip balm sometimes because it tastes great and moisturizes my lips.
Coconut oil is a natural emollient. It helps trap moisture against your lips, so it can help moisturize your lips for hours after you use it.
Coconut oil has some antibiotic properties. If your lips are cracked, this can help prevent infection by killing germs.
Honey is soothing for your skin. It helps trap moisture on your skin, so it helps boost moisturization from the other ingredients. It’s full of antioxidants to help prevent the signs of aging.
I recommend buying raw honey. When honey is heated, it loses some of its benefits. Raw honey isn’t pasteurized, so it has more benefits for your skin and lips.
Lemon essential oil smells great with lavender essential oil. I also added it because it can naturally exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.
It’s also antimicrobial, so it can help kill germs that can cause an infection. Again, if you have cracks in your lips, this can help prevent germs from getting into your skin.
Lavender essential oil is a gentle oil, so it’s a great oil for your lips. It’s naturally anti-inflammatory and can reduce inflammation from dry skin or chapped lips.
Lavender essential oil helps balance your skin’s natural barrier. This helps keep your skin balanced so it’s not too oily or too dry.
Lavender is often used for healing, including healing dry skin. It’s a natural antiseptic and can promote cellular turnover to help the skin heal.
Exfoliating your lips is similar to using a sugar scrub to exfoliate your body. Start with clean lips, so don’t use it when you have lipstick on.
Use your finger to get about a teaspoon of this lip scrub and rub it over your lips in a circular motion.
I usually scrub the skin around my lips to help prevent fine lines and soften that skin so my lipstick doesn’t bleed.
Gently scrub your lips for a few minutes. Then let the lip scrub sit for about five minutes so the coconut oil can penetrate the skin for more moisturization.
Rinse the scrub off with warm water. The sugar will rinse away, leaving the coconut oil and honey to moisturize your lips for hours.
I wait a while before using lipstick. If your lipstick is oil based, the coconut oil can break down your lipstick and it won’t last as long.
If my lips are really dry or chapped, I follow with a lip balm recipe.
Since your lips are more sensitive than the rest of your body, use a lip scrub recipe once a week. Using it more often can irritate your lips.
If your coconut oil is solid, microwave it for 10 seconds to soften it. Repeat as needed.
Combine the coconut oil and honey in a small bowl.
Add lemon and lavender essential oils and stir well.
Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and stir. If you want it thicker, add up to ½ tablespoon more sugar.
You can store this lip scrub in a 1 oz container up to one month. Since there’s no water, you don’t need a preservative. Your hands can have germs, so always use a spoon or other utensil to scoop out the scrub.