DIY Natural Lip Scrub
What's the one thing that drives you mad about the winter? The cold weather I can handle (most of the time), the rain I don’t mind (my hair not so much). What does drive me absolutely mad is that I seem, for most of the winter months, to have the driest flakiest lips! I mean flaky to the point where I actually saw dry flakes of skin falling softly as I was trying to put lip balm on (cue horror film scream).
It’s widely suggested that dry lips and dry skin around your mouth is in indication that you’re dehydrated - but for those like me, who drink a lot of water and still never seem to have soft smooth lips, a lip scrub might be the answer!
The idea of a lip scrub is to gently exfoliate the dry and dead upper layer of skin on the lips, leaving behind soft, smooth skin and a plump pout you don’t want to hide!
For a lip scrub I usually make a small batch in one of those tiny jam or preserve jars, keep it in the fridge and generally re-apply every 2 -3 weeks. The best way to check if the scrub is still good if you’ve been using it for a while is to smell it, the scrub should have a gentle aromatic smell. If you smell anything else, it’s probably time to discard and make a new batch.
1/2 tablespoon of brown or coconut sugar
1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, vegetable oil (or oil of your choice, but remember it needs to be natural and safe enough to eat)
1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil
I tablespoon of Manuka Honey
- Mix all three together and voila! Depending on how well the sugar absorbs - you may need to add a little more. It should feel slightly gritty but not like sandpaper.
- Massage onto lips gently with the tips of your fingers. Allow the scrub to sit on lips another minute or so and then wipe off gently with a warm washcloth (or lick it off if you feel so inclined!)
- It’s always good to finish off the process with a good slathering of something that will protect lips. Make sure you use lip balms or salves that are as natural as possible. I often just use another couple of drops of coconut oil.
Please remember: it’s always good to test these ingredients on your skin before applying to lips to ensure that they are not too abrasive, or will upset skin.