Sugar may be on your list of things you want to reduce or avoid in your diet, but it makes a great exfoliation for your lips! Me, I never paid much attention to “lip care” per say, I mean I never did lip treatments or purchased scrubs. So what changed? Well I like to do a lot of at home spa treatments and I realized I do tons of facial, foot and body care but nothing for my lips. I'm not sure how I missed them considering they’re always yapping. Nevertheless, when I started making my own lip balms it only made sense to create scrubs and now, I’m officially addicted. They’re so easy to make and if you saunter into your kitchen I know you’ll have at least, sugar, honey and some sort of oil such as olive….its ok I’ll wait while you check.... Oh, back so soon…was I right lol?
How I use my scrubs really depends on how much TLC my lips need. I like to apply it when I’m trying to get off a stubborn matte lipstick, up to twice a week in the colder months to help chase away dry, dead skin, once a week in the warmer season or when I just wanna feel like a princess as part of a self-care ritual. The recipes I share below are my personal favorites and if you're unsure how your skin will react to a particular oil, do a skin patch test. To store your scrubs, use a small air-tight container, I use a metal tin. Overall, I make a small amount for one-time use, however the recipes below can serve you a few times. The consistency of your scrub really depends on the ratio of sugar to oils. I prefer mine to be a bit more on the course side where it's not too runny or overly moist. I always add the oils and honey little by little until I get the consistency I'm looking for, and if you find your scrub to be too runny simply add more sugar. How to use: apply in a gentle circular motion, let sit for 1-2 minutes and lightly remove using a warm damp cloth and that’s it! Don't forget to give your scrub a quick stir if you're making enough for later use, as often times the ingredients may settle. Now here is a quick run down of my most liked ingredients and why I use them.
Sugar – it tastes good, its inexpensive, readily available, and very gentle on the lips. There are various types of sugar you can try such as cane sugar, coconut palm sugar or brown sugar. Just make sure the crystals are fine as they will penetrate better and will not damage the surface of your lips since the skin is so fine.
Carrier Oils – when it comes to selecting your oil(s) don't be stingy because this is a critical step, especially if you’re trying to target a specific issue like dryness. Some of my top picks include coconut, olive, jojoba, argan, avocado and grapeseed oil. They have wonderful antifungal, antibacterial properties, are rich in antioxidants and vitamins and absorb nicely into the skin without leaving your lips greasy. Quick tip: when shopping for a carrier oil, ensure it's cold pressed as it has not been damaged by heat. Also look for 100% pure and organic wherever possible as some cheaper makes can have additional additives and be sure to store in a cool/dark place to help aid in the shelf life.
Essential Oils – This is completely optional, but if you want to give your scrub an extra kick,
adding a drop or two can offer soothing relief, fight dryness and hold anti-inflammatory/anti-bacterial properties. Lavender, peppermint, spearmint, and lemon are great options, and remember 1-2 drops is enough.
Honey – is a natural humectant which means it has this cool ability to absorb moisture, leaving the skin feeling soft and hydrated. It also contains antioxidants and nutrients with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. For best results use raw honey.
DIY Lip Scrub – 3 ways
Basic 2-ingredient lip scrub
2 tablespoon brown sugar (or sugar of choice)
2-3 teaspoon coconut oil (or carrier oil of choice)
Directions: slowly add in the coconut oil 1 teaspoon at a time until it is evenly coated in the sugar.
Honey Lip Scrub
2 tablespoon brown sugar
2-3 teaspoon olive oil (or carrier oil of choice)
1-3 teaspoon raw honey
Directions: slowly add in the olive oil until it is evenly coated in the sugar, then slowly add in the honey 1 teaspoon at a time until you have a nice even textured scrub.
The Refresher Lip Scrub
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1-3 teaspoon coconut oil
1-3 teaspoon jojoba oil
1-2 drops peppermint essential oil (or essential oil of choice)
Directions: slowly add in the coconut and jojoba oil 1 teaspoon at a time until it is evenly coated in the sugar, then add the essential oil
Comment down below on your favourite diy lip scrub and lippy maintenance you've incorporated into your daily skincare routine as I am always looking for something new to try.