Our lips are one of the parts of our body that do so much work daily. It is our lips we bite when we feel nervous, our lips through which we give our lovers a kiss, our lips which let us try our favorite flavor of chapstick.
Yet, it is often our lips which go ignored, when it comes to our self-care routines. We often talk about all the different ways in which we can cleanse our face, but we seldom talk about how to take proper care of our lips. Our lips get dry, chapped and flaky, too. So, to maintain them, it is important to use various methods, one of them being exfoliation, which means removing all the dead skin cells, to give healthier lips.
If you have no idea how to do this, worry not, because you can start right at home as there are always natural lip remedies available. Lip scrub is a solution which is applied on your lips to exfoliate them.
Luckily, you do not need to purchase a lip scrub right away, you can just make a homemade lip scrum yourself. Using these natural lip scrubs will put you in control of the ingredients as well as ensure that you are protected from any possible chemical damage.
What are DIY lip scrubs?
A lip scrub is a semi-liquid or a soft-solid solution which contains particles which help remove those annoying, flaky bits of your skin, to leave behind smoother, softer and cleaner lips. While there are many ways to deal with chapped lips, using a lip scrub will also help the lips be more receptive to moisturization, which is useful when applying a lip balm.
DIY lip scrubs are natural lip scrubs which can be made at home. Thus, these have natural materials and are completely chemical-free. Knowing that you are using safe materials from your kitchen can give you the reassurance you need when it comes to trying something new with your lips.
These are also cheaper and will not result in the waste of money if they do not give the desired effects.
So, if you want a lip scrub, DIY at home!
Best DIY lip scrub recipes
There are many different combinations that can be used when it comes to homemade lip scrubs. There are different mixes that give different results, so always decide by considering what are your major lip problem areas and what is the effect that you are going for. You can always try a few options before becoming confident enough to make your mix.
Think of it as the place where aesthetics, healing and art meet, giving some of the best DIY lip scrub recipes:
1. Brown sugar and honey scrub
This is one of the homemade lip scrub recipes that sounds scrumptious in itself. You can use it to aim for lighter and smoother lips. For this, you will need:
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 3/4th teaspoon of honey.
After you have gathered the materials together, mix them all in a glass bowl. Then scoop out a small amount of scrub and apply it to your lips using gentle, circular motions. Allow it to remain on your lips for two minutes and then either wash it with lukewarm water or use a wet cloth with a soft texture.
This homemade lip scrub is simple to make and delicious. Just applying a little will get ride of the tan on your lips, while also moisturizing them thoroughly. Vanilla has properties which are anti-ageing while also behaving as anti-oxidants which help reduce damage to lip skin and give healthier lips.
2. Rose Petals and Milk Scrub
Another natural lip scrub which sounds like a delight for the senses! Rose petals and milk scrub is one which will leave you feeling pleasant because of its taste, smell and feel. You can use it to brighten your lip as well as to protect your lips from germs.
To prepare, you need rose petals from one single and cold milk. Take the rose petals and mash them with the milk, well enough to get a solution similar to a paste. Then, apply it on your lips gently, moving your fingers in circles. Leave it there for a few minutes, before again washing with lukewarm water.
To get the best results, apply a lip balm right after.
Cold milk has many amazing benefits, one of which is being a well-known skin brightener. This, added with the rose petals, restore a lighter, pink colour to discoloured lips. This solution also has anti-bacterial properties which inhibit the growth of germs.
Before using this, make sure that you are not allergic to flowers.
3. Strawberry, kiwi and olive oil scrub
The sweetness of strawberries and kiwis mixed with the gentle texture of the olive oil makes for a great homemade lip scrub to soothe your lips. To get started, you will need to gather the following ingredients:
- 6 tablespoons of organic sugar
- 1 fresh strawberry
- Half of a fresh kiwi
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
Put your kiwi and strawberry in a blender and make them into a puree. Then, in a separate bowl, mix the olive oil and sugar until the solution is blended nicely. Add the previous kiwi-strawberry puree and stir it well enough.’
You can apply this on your lip in steady, soft circular motions for around 30 to 40 seconds, letting exfoliation take place. Then, rinse with warm water.
Store the leftovers in the refrigerator, up until a period of 1 week.
The strawberries can reduce the fine lines on your lips, while their seeds along with the sugar make great exfoliating agents. Kiwi helps soothe dry parts of lips to make them more pliant and soft. The olive oil acts as a great mixing agent, allowing all these different ingredients to work together nicely.
You can also add two drops of Vitamin E to this homemade lip scrub to add onto the effect.
4. Coconut oil and sea salt scrub
Let’s take a break from all the sweetness by adding a pinch of salt—literally! In this last homemade scrub recipe, we turn to sea salt as a major ingredient with the support of coconut oil.
For this, gather the following:
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
Make sure to mix the ingredients well, before applying them on closed lips, softly. Scrub for around one minute before using lukewarm water to wash it off.
This works because sea salt particles push away the dry and dead skin of your lips, while coconut oil takes over to moisturize in the aftermath, giving smooth, pink lips.
You can also add 1 or 2 drops of lavender essential oil for extra effect.
Tips for using homemade lip scrubs
So now that you want to use a lip scrub, DIY at home seems like a good option. But just making the scrub is not enough if you do not know how to apply it correctly. There are common lip scrub mistakes that a lot of us make and we should know how to avoid them.
- Always make sure to thoroughly clean the mixing bowl and storage jar
- Store the lip scrub correctly and make sure to throw it out after a few or two depending on the ingredients used as homemade lip scrubs spoil easily
- Always be gentle while applying the scrub and do not rub excessively, especially if your lips are irritated
When using natural lip scrubs, it is essential to use them in the right manner for maximum effect.
Making your lips a part of your self-care routine
It can be easy to forget your lips at the end of a skincare routine, or just rub chapstick on them and let it be, but taking care of your lips will give you a much more pleasant self-care experience. DIY lip scrubs end up giving a nice scent and delicious taste, which also adds to the whole activity.
So, on the days when you are feeling particularly active, grab a few ingredients from the kitchen and mix them to make a lip scrub. If there are any leftovers, you can always just eat them up!