It’s spring, and although you can exfoliate your lips at any time of the year, exfoliating your lips after a long, cold winter can really make you feel wonderful! Perhaps you have never exfoliated your lip area? We’ve got some great DIY lip scrubs for you to make at home!
Two Simple Steps
There are two steps to lip exfoliation and renewal. The first is to whip together a simple DIY lip scrub made from ingredients you might have around your kitchen. Simply mix up one of the easy recipes below in a small bowl, and use your finger to rub across your lips. Don’t worry if a little goes inside your mouth, as these are all made of food ingredients. Rinse your lips with water, and pat dry.
Follow up the scrub of your choice with a soothing lip balm or treatment. For a luxurious treatment, we recommend our Awaken Revitalizing Eye Serum. Yes! Take a drop of the eye serum, which is full of antioxidants and soothing ingredients like chamomile, cucumber, and peptides, and wipe it on your lips. It’s also not a bad idea to give your upper lip a dab too, as this is a common area where fine lines can develop.
Lip Exfoliator Tips and Ingredient Explanation
Castor sugar—or “baker’s sugar”—is a finer variety of sugar than regular table sugar. Castor sugar is the perfect size and texture for damaged lips. You may be able to find this in the baking section of your local market. If you cannot find it, you can use a small coffee or spice grinder to blitz regular white sugar. It only takes a few seconds, as you want it to still have some grit to it.
Coconut sugar or coconut palm sugar is brown, and is usually found in the natural section of your market. It can be replaced by brown sugar, although brown sugar is slightly less “scratchy.”
Did you know that coconut palm sugar actually has half the glycemic index as regular sugar? So buy some today, and replace your regular sugar in baking, and save some for a lip scrub!
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated coconut oil is our choice for a light coconut oil in some of these recipes. Regular coconut oil that remains solid at temperatures below 76F can be comedogenic (clogs pores) and can bother some sensitive skin types. Fractionated coconut remains liquid, and is easily used for skin care. In fact, it is found in the majority of skin care products on the market. You may recognize the INCI (Ingredient Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient) name on labels as “caprylic/capric triglyceride.” It is odorless, non-staining, and a long-lasting oil for massage, with good spreadability.
Important Safety Tip for Shelf Life
None of these lip exfoliator scrubs include a preservative, as they are intended for same-day use. The recipes given will in fact make enough lip scrub for about 10 scrubs. Invite some friends over, and you don’t have to change the amounts. If you want to cut down the recipe size, that is an option too!
But whatever you do, DO NOT save these scrubs, even in the refrigerator, for more than a day. It only takes a few hours for beasties to start to grow in recipes like this. And since bugs just love fresh fruit and sugars, this is a recipe for disaster, pardon the pun. The bugs we are talking about are only seen under a microscope, so you will not be able to see them.
Some lip balm recipes online suggest using honey, and claim that honey is a preservative. HONEY IS NOT A PRESERVATIVE. Honey, if left completely untouched, is self-preserving, that much is true. The second that you add any liquids, oils, fruits, or other ingredients it ceases to be self-preserving and instead becomes bug food. Please be safe, and make these for single use only.
And now…read on for fun Spring Lip Scrubs!
This is the simplest lip exfoliator recipe, and is easily adapted to your taste. In a small bowl combine:
1 tablespoon fine baker’s sugar
1 teaspoon olive oil (or avocado oil)
Optional: 1 drop peppermint essential oil or 1 drop citrus (lemon or orange) oil
Mix well with a spoon to remove any lumps. Make sure that you use a good quality essential oil. Rinse and pat dry.
For this fresh fruit lip scrub, get about half of a fresh kiwi (ripe is easiest) and squeeze it in a lemon squeezer. Set aside. To a small bowl add:
2 tablespoons fine baker’s sugar
1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil (see notes above)
¾ – 1 teaspoon of fresh kiwi juice
As in the first recipe, mix well with a spoon, rub onto your lips, rinse and pat dry.
“Coconut & Strawberry”
If you use coconut or brown sugar for this, the lip scrub will be a lovely brown color. If you do not have any coconut or brown sugar, it will be a pink color like in the recipe below. The strawberry may be replaced with banana, or a squeeze of orange.
1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
1 teaspoon fresh-squeezed strawberry juice (or raspberry or blackberry)
1 teaspoon avocado oil (or sesame oil, or fractionated coconut oil)
As above, mix well with a spoon, scrub, rinse and pat dry.
We love this color, and strawberries are very good for your skin.
1 Tablespoon plus one teaspoon (four teaspoons total) baker’s sugar
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed strawberry juice
1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil or avocado oil
Take Some “Me” Time with These Wonderful Springtime Lip Exfoliators
We hope you take some “me time” and treat yourself to one of these lovely DIY springtime lip scrubs soon!
Remember to also exfoliate your face. We recommend the Reveal Exfoliating AHA facial foam for that. Sensitive facial skin cannot usually take the abrasion from a sugar-type scrub, which is why the Reveal, with its comforting ingredients and combination of fruit acids, gently work to exfoliate the skin on your face.