Lips are one of the most sensitive parts of our body and need special care to remain healthy and beautiful. Weather conditions (especially winter), harmful UV rays, smoking, excessive caffeine, poor health, and other factors can leave you with flaky and chapped lips. Excessive use of poor quality cosmetics or other types of lip products may also cause harm in the long run.
So, what do you do to protect your lips? Proper lip care is about much more than applying a balm now and then. For example, you should exfoliate and massage your lips on a regular basis as a part of your lip-care routine.
Exfoliation will help get rid of dead skin cells that make your lips dry and rough. Even lip colors and lipsticks look better on well exfoliated, smooth lips! Using a scrub also helps in treating discolored lips and restoring their healthy pink color.
You can make your very own 100% natural lip scrub with the help of a few simple ingredients that you are likely to find in your kitchen cupboard.
This homemade brown sugar lip scrub is a combination of several ingredients that are great for your lips. It will gently scrub out the dead cells and other impurities and keep them moisturized.
Steps to Make Brown Sugar Lip Scrub
This is a safe, natural, and inexpensive method of treating and preventing chapped and discolored lips. Honey can help soften dry lips by restoring lost moisture and keep them smooth and supple. It also helps keep away infections from chapped lips.
Things you’ll need:
- Organic cane sugar (exfoliant) - 1 tablespoon
- Extra-virgin coconut oil (natural moisturizer)- 1/2 teaspoon
- Sweet almond oil (natural moisturizer)- 1/4 teaspoon
- Vanilla extract (antioxidant) - 1/2 teaspoon
- Raw honey (natural healer) - 1/8 teaspoon
Step 1. Put sugar, coconut oil, and almond oil in a bowl
- Put 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar, 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil, and 1/4 teaspoon of almond oil in a bowl.
Step 2. Add honey and vanilla extract, mix well, and store
- Add honey and vanilla extract to the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
- Transfer the mixture into a container.
Your DIY homemade brown sugar lip scrub is ready. To use, take a small amount of scrub from the container and use it to exfoliate your lips. Gently rub for a while before rinsing it off. It is best to prepare this lip scrub fresh before every use.
About the ingredients
Why the ingredients used in the scrub can help make your lips smooth, supple, and beautiful:
Organic Cane Sugar: Dead skin cells that accumulate over your lips makes them look dry and discolored. Sugar is an excellent exfoliant that’ll buff away this dull layer, revealing a fresh new one!
The grainy texture of organic cane sugar is abrasive enough to scrape away dry skin and impurities, but it will not harm your lips. As sugar is a humectant, it will keep your lips moisturized and hydrated.
Sugar scrubs are an effective remedy to get smooth, supple, and pink lips.
Coconut Oil: The medium-chain fatty acids and healthy saturated fat present in coconut oil offer a number of health benefits. It is widely used in many skin and hair-care products. It has antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties.
As a natural moisturizer, coconut oil can help in healing dry and chapped lips. It smoothens the skin and rescues lips from flakes and cracks. It generally has no side effects, so you can use this ingredient to moisturize your lips as many times as required.
Sweet Almond Oil: Almond has an array of nutrients that make it ideal for healthcare, skincare, and hair care. It contains vitamin E, proteins, riboflavin, fiber, potassium, zinc, and monounsaturated fatty acids, among other nutrients.
Antioxidant properties, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids are just a few reasons almond oil is so popular in the world of beauty products and cosmetics. It works well for nourishing, softening, and moisturizing the lips and is a common remedy for treating discoloration and hyperpigmentation.
This ingredient will hydrate your lips from within to help give you that perfect pout! It soothes and treats chapped and dry lips and rescues them from further damage. Almond oil is fairly light and suitable for most skin type.
Vanilla Extract: Smells great, and is a typical ingredient in many of your favored desserts. But did you know that vanilla extract offers some skincare benefits as well?
Vanilla extract has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It is rich in certain nutrients that make it a very effective remedy to get healthy skin and can be used for fighting signs of aging, soothing burns, and treating acne. Vanilla extract can help in reducing the effects of harmful pollutants and toxins. It also has exfoliating properties that help improve the texture of the skin.
Raw Honey: This sweet “golden liquid” serves a lot of purposes, be it culinary, medicinal, or cosmetic.
The unpasteurized form of honey that has no additional ingredients and is known as raw honey. It is very effective for dealing with chapped lips, dull hair, dandruff, acne, and other common beauty woes.
Honey’s medicinal value lies in its strong antiseptic, antibacterial, and healing properties. It contains glucose, fructose, several important vitamins, and minerals and helps in regulating blood sugar, accelerating weight loss, improving digestion, boosting energy, etc. It also helps in soothing sore throats, treating seasonal allergies, and healing minor wounds.
Honey also comes with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and humectant properties that make it an effective ingredient for skin care. That is why many commercial lip-care products in the market contain honey.
- Use this scrub up to 2 times a week. Excessive exfoliation may harm the sensitive skin of your lips.
- You can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush lightly for exfoliating your lips after applying lip scrubs.
- After exfoliating your lips with a scrub, finish with a lip balm to keep them moisturized. You may also use olive oil or coconut oil. Homemade all natural lip balms serve this purpose well.
- If you wish to go for a fruity lip scrub, check out our homemade strawberry lip scrub.
- Always use high-quality cosmetic products for safer results and long-term health.
- Those who are in the habit of licking their lips are more prone to have dry and chapped lips. Exfoliation is one of the best ways to heal that damage.