Pucker up those plump lips with these easy DIY lip scrubs!
Winter, monsoon or summers, chapped or flaky lips never leave you. From scorching heat to air conditioning to zero humidity days, they can leave havoc on that perfect pout. And it’s even worse when you want to rock a sexy bold lip but can’t wear lipstick without it clinging to the dryness! In fact, if there’s anything more uncomfortable than dry skin, it is flaky lips. No doubt that your trusty lip balm will solve this issue, but once it fades, you are back to square one. Moreover, applying lipstick on an uneven texture is an absolute no-no.
The good news is that all of this drama can be avoided by actually listening to what your lips have to say. Enter: Lip Scrubs! Your lip skin is super delicate and needs regular TLC to keep them soft, smooth and supple. And while we love the varied lip balms or scrubs available in the market that help plump or soften your pout, we also do not shy away from trying natural ingredients that help whip up some au naturel DIY lip scrubs.
So, before we go any further in telling you about different DIY lip scrub recipes, do you know what exactly does a lip scrub do and contain? Well, give us an opportunity to take you through a quick session on Lip Scrubs 101!
A lip scrub acts as an exfoliant that sloths off dead skin cells to smoothen and soften lips. They’re also perfect if you want to prime your pout for seamless application of lipsticks, stains or glosses. Exfoliating one’s lips once or twice a week can lead to healthy, supple and soft lip skin. Moreover, it can also prevent dehydration of the lips that cause swelling, bleeding or dryness.
A good DIY lip scrub can consist of as little as 2 ingredients – the base and an exfoliator.
The Base: Given that our lips are super fragile and sensitive, using a natural moisturizer like shea butter, coconut oil or other similar emollients for your base prevents damage during exfoliation. Moreover, natural oils contain fatty acids and natural antioxidants and provide great anti-aging benefits, something that synthetic moisturizers like petroleum jelly doesn’t excel at.
The Exfoliant: When choosing an exfoliant, use an ingredient that is not too harsh on the skin. Sugar, ground coffee, sea salt, baking soda are few of the popular natural exfoliants that are safe, light on the skin and protects lips from flaky or drying.
Since we know you’ve done your share of research about the countless lip scrub recipes available over the internet, we too have done our share of research and come up with top 5 natural lip scrubs that are super beneficial and can be whipped with ingredients easily found in your pantry or a supermarket.
Benefits: Shea butter & coconut oil are regarded as one of the best combinations when whipping up an all-natural lip scrub. Shea butter, an excellent source of Vitamin A & E, aids in skin cell production and protects your lip skin from harmful UV rays. On the other hand, coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and is antibacterial & antifungal in nature.
- Step 1: Take a tiny amount of shea butter and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a bowl
- Step 2: Mix until you get a smooth paste that is not too fine
- Step 4: Apply the paste on your lips using your fingers and let it stay on overnight
- Step 3: Wash off with water the next morning to reveal soft, supple lips
Benefits: Combining brown sugar, olive oil and honey can lead it to a mixture that is rich in antioxidants, hydrating, heals irritated or sensitive skin and forms a super gentle, natural exfoliant.
- Step 1: Start off by taking 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (powdered) into a bowl
- Step 2: Add 2 drops of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey and mix well to form a smooth paste
- Step 3: Gently massage this paste on your lips in circular motions and leave for a few minutes
- Step 4: Wash off with water and wipe gently
Benefits: It’s no secret that lemon is an ingredient loved by many and found in plenty of DIY recipes. It is rich in Vitamin C that is responsible for the skin’s production of collagen and a potent antioxidant that helps rejuvenate sun damaged skin. Moreover, adding honey to it can help with healing irritated or sensitive skin.
- Step 1: To make this DIY scrub, take a bowl and squeeze half a lemon into it. Remove seeds if any
- Step 2: Add 1 ½ tablespoon of honey to it and mix well until you see a smooth paste
- Step 3: Spread this mixture all over your lips and leave for about 10 minutes
- Step 4: Post that, wash off with water and finish with a moisturizing lip balm to nourish further
Benefits: Apart from using papaya on your face, using it as a part of your DIY lip scrub recipe can help break down buildup on lips, leaving them soft & moisturized. Moreover, avocado oil is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids & vitamins A, D, and E, which help rejuvenate sunburned skin.
- Step 1: You can start making this DIY lip scrub by take 2 spoons pureed papaya into a bowl
- Step 2: Add 1 tablespoon of avocado oil or 1 tablespoon of almond oil to it and mix until smooth
- Step 3: Once done, apply the mixture on lips and let it sit for a few minutes
- Step 4: Wash to reveal healthy lips that are soft as butter!
Benefits: If you’re looking for plump lips, cinnamon should be your go-to ingredient. Cinnamaldehyde, the compound that gives cinnamon its flavor & scent, is an irritant that can temporarily make the lips appear larger. Adding sugar, honey and olive oil to it can only make it healthier and nourishing.
- Step 1: Start off by adding sugar, honey and ground cinnamon in small amounts to a bowl
- Step 2: Blend well and follow by adding 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mix again
- Step 3: Once done, apply the paste to your lip and leave on for a few minutes
- Step 4: Wash with water and wipe to reveal healthy, nourished lips!
How to Apply:
Once you’ve whipped up your healthy and nourishing lip scrub concoction, get ready to exfoliate! Using your finger or a toothbrush (only soft bristles), apply the scrub on your lips in a circular motion and let it stay on as required. Ensure you repeat the process once or twice a week for better results. Do not over exfoliate your lips as it will do more harm than heal. Keep a check on how your lips respond to each treatment and varied ingredients and have fun trying out new recipes every time!
While it’s best to make small batches, you can store most lip scrubs (in a glass container preferably) for about 1-2 weeks depending on the ingredients used.