DIY Lip Exfoliator 

If you’re anything like me, you have a bad habit of picking the dry skin off your lips when they peel. Sounds kind of gross, I know, but it is a bad habit that can leave your lips cracked, and bleeding. A better way of taking care of dry, cracked lips is to use an exfoliator (or a scrub), to remove the dry skin, and leave your lips feeling soft and new. Of course, you can always buy a lip exfoliator, but they can run anywhere from $3 at a local drug store, to as much as $33 (or more) online, or in a cosmetic store. I have tried a $3 lip exfoliator in the past, but to be honest, it was slightly painful to use, due to the sandpaper-esque texture. As far as the more expensive ones, I cannot personally attest to any, because I’m not willing to pay that much for a simple lip scrub.  There is a much less painful, and more affordable way to get smooth, good – as – new lips, and you can do it right at home in just a couple of minutes!

 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Coconut Oil OR Olive Oil

  • Sugar (I use regular, white sugar)

  • Small mixing bowl

  • Toothbrush (not the one you use for your teeth)

*Note: I don’t have precise measurements for each ingredient. However, I typically don’t make large amounts at a time, so I use a very small teaspoon to mix the ingredients. The picture should help as a reference if you are still unsure of how much to start out with.


MIX IT UP!

  1. Add small teaspoon of sugar to the mixing bowl.

  2. Add small teaspoon of coconut oil OR olive oil to the sugar.

  3. Mix the ingredients together. Depending on the consistency, you may need to add more oil or sugar until you reach a paste-like consistency. I suggest adding small amounts at a time.

  4. Warm the mixture in the microwave for 8-10 seconds. Mix a little more after it’s warm. This step is optional but I do it when I make a fresh batch. However, I don’t warm it every time I use it.

     

GET TO EXFOLIATING!

  1. Apply a relatively thin layer of the mixture on the toothbrush. Use your discretion here – you don’t want the layer to be so thin that the bristles hurt, but you don’t need a thick glob either. Also, if you are applying the scrub when it is not straight out of the microwave, I recommend running some warm water over the toothbrush, (before applying the mixture to it) to soften the bristles.

  2. Apply the exfoliator to your lips by gently scrubbing from side to side, for about 30 seconds. You can scrub as long as you want to – this is just a roundabout time for how long I I usually do.

  3. Rinse off the toothbrush with warm water, and lightly rub the toothbrush on your lips to encourage the skin to come off.

  4. Rinse off toothbrush again, and use either your hand or a washcloth, to rinse off your lips with warm water.

  5. Use a towel to pat-dry your lips.

  6. Apply lip balm generously.

*Tip: I keep my exfoliator in a plastic container with a lid – I have noticed that keeping it covered allows the exfoliator to keep its consistency and moisture, without drying up. 

So there you go! A quick, simple, affordable way to get smooth, healthy lips right at home! Try it out and let me know how you like it!

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