Looking for a DIY Lip Scrub to Exfoliate Lips Quickly?
No matter if your weather app is displaying cold or hot temperatures, you may find yourself in need of a DIY lip scrub to exfoliate lips quickly. Because nothing looks grosser or ruins the purpose of lipstick than dry, flaky, chapped lips! Am I wrong?
If you’ve looked in the mirror this morning and asked yourself, “Why are my lips flaking?” when you haven’t been skiing or climbing in mountains covered in snow – let me explain.
Unlike most other areas of skin, our lips do not contain oil glands. Therefore, they cannot produce their own moisture, as our forehead does so well.
This means regardless of your recent outdoor activities or the weather today hot, cold, windy, or rainy your lips can become chapped and flaky without proper care. Exposure to the elements outdoors only increases the loss of moisture in our lips and causes them to crack, flake, or peel more rapidly. And this is why it’s necessary to exfoliate lips.
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What is the best way to exfoliate lips?
Fortunately, the best way to exfoliate lips doesn’t require an expensive beauty product, tool, or a trip to the spa. How do I exfoliate my lips? The easiest way to exfoliate lips is to start with a simple DIY lip scrub made with just three ingredients. Together these ingredients shed dead skin cells and restore moisture to the lips.
So, you can say, “So long” to cracked, flaky, chapped lips. And your lipstick – well, you can count on it to go on smoother and last longer after applying a homemade lip scrub.
What are the Best Ingredients for a DIY Lip Scrub?
If you’re struggling with dry, chapped lips look no further than what nature has already provided us – essential oils! In fact, the best essential oils for the skin are incredible for soothing and nourishing dry lips quickly. And it’s as easy as adding a few drops of one more to a lip scrub essential oil recipe.
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No DIY lip scrub recipe would be complete without sugar. You see, sugar functions as a gentle, natural exfoliant for the skin compared to salt, for example. It’s quite the key ingredient for all homemade lip scrubs, as it contains glycolic acid which helps to condition and protect the skin. Rather you choose common granulated sugar, coconut sugar, brown sugar, or pure cane sugar each are effective to exfoliate lips.
3. Coconut Oil
A coconut lip scrub is best! DIY lip scrub with coconut oil provides rapid results for dry, flaky chapped lips. Known as an intense moisturizer, coconut oil contains a superabundance of nutrients that can benefit our lips. Including saturated fats that melt quickly, allowing our lips to absorb all those nutrients in a very short amount of time. I’d recommend coconut oil for chapped lips above all other carrier oils.
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5 DIY Lip Scrub Essential Oil Recipes to Exfoliate Lips
As you’ll soon see, it’s easy to make an effective homemade lip scrub to exfoliate lips. Each of these DIY lip scrub essential oil recipes goes a long way when it comes to getting rid of chapped lips. No matter which lip scrub recipe you choose, each will take you less than five minutes to make and use.
Yep, they are that simple! The hard part is actually, trying not to eat them…
Here’s what you’ll need for each lip scrub recipe:
1 tablespoon coconut oil
½ tablespoon sugar
Gum Drops DIY Lip Scrub
1 drop lemon essential oil
1 drop grapefruit essential oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Lavender Cupcake Lip Scrub
2 drops lavender essential oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Summer Popsicle Lip Scrub
2 drops orange essential oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
Slice of Pie Lip Scrub
1 drop clove
2 drop bergamots essential oil
½ teaspoon almond extract
Minty Fresh Bubble Gum Lip Scrub
2 drops spearmint essential oil ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
How to Make a Lip Scrub
Combine 1 tablespoon coconut oil with ½ tablespoon sugar into a small bowl. Mix together until a scrub forms using a fork or spoon. Then add the ingredients of your selected lip scrub essential oil recipe into the scrub base. Blend together and scoop into each lip scrub container. Repeat for as many lip scrubs as you would like to make.
How to Use a Lip Scrub
In my book a lip scrub is the best when considering how to cure chapped lips fast. But, to get the best results you’ll need to know how to use a lip scrub. How do you remove dead skin from your lips? All it takes is a few steps!
- Using a small spoon, apply one scoop of lip scrub to your top and bottom lips.
- With clean hands, use your fingertips to rub the scrub in circular motions to loosen dead skin. Work from left to right of each lip, and back in the opposite direction to fully exfoliate lips.
- Pat the scrub and leave on for one minute after scrubbing, similar to a face mask.
- With a soft damp reusable cotton round gently wipe off the lip scrub mask.
- Then pat dry, do not rinse.
How Often to Use a Lip Scrub
In terms of how often to use a lip scrub, I am often asked at essential oil classes, “Can I exfoliate my lips every day?”. I recommend adding a DIY lip scrub to your skincare regimen once to three times a week to help keep your lips soft and chapped-free. (It’s not necessary and unhealthy to exfoliate lips daily.)
Wondering what to do after exfoliating lips?
After you have exfoliated your lips do not rinse. The coconut oil and essential oils in the lip scrub will continue to benefit your lips for some time after. However, you can happily apply a lip balm or lipstick after exfoliating.
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Have you tried one of these lip scrub essential oil recipes with coconut oil for chapped lips? Which is your favorite? I’d love to hear, leave me a comment or tag #oilychic on Instagram.
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