Until now, you are probably using a scrub to scrape the dead skin cells from the body, but what about your lips? Lips are a super-sensitive area that is often overlooked. According to salon insure quotes the skin of the lips tends to be drier and rougher more quickly than other parts of the body due to its thinner skin layers. During the cold season, the air is dry, and our lips suffer. As they get chapped, they usually covered with a layer of dry, peeling and crusty dead skin layer and often end up getting bitten that could result in itching and even bleeding. However, due to bleeding and inflammation, the lips became rough and dry and soon they will be crusty again. It is definitely a mess, but you can easily avoid this happening to you again and again by a simple homemade lip scrub.
An ideal lip scrub combines moisture with much-needed exfoliation to keep lips softer and supple even in the cold weather. People used to buy lip scrubs from the market; however homemade lip scrub is the easiest and fun thing in the world to make.
DIY Lip Scrub Ingredients
Before jumping towards the specific characteristics of various ingredients, have a quick view of ingredient list first.
- 1tsp organic coconut oil
- ¼ tsp sweet almond oil
- ½ tsp raw honey
- ½ tsp vanilla extract (preferably glycerin)
The very first ingredient in our lip scrub is pure organic coconut oil. Coconut oil has many uses for the skin and hair, and is also a healthy addition to your diet. As an active ingredient in the scrub, it provides moisture, antioxidants and helps thicken the skin layers.
Almond oil act as a liquid carrier to help smooth the skin. If you don’t like almond oil or you do not have access to sweet almond oil you can replace it with other essential oils like flaxseed or sandalwood oil. Fatty acids and vitamins A & E in almond oil make it a perfect choice to nourish the lips.
Our third and most important ingredient is honey as it has strong healing properties and helps to moisturise and rejuvenates damaged skin. It is so powerful that even raw honey could alone be used as antiseptic and to speed up the healing process. Raw honey has also got some emulsifying properties, so it helps bind the other ingredients of this lip recipe scrub together.
Besides moisturisation and exfoliation, vanilla extract also gives this lip exfoliating scrub a sweet scent of sugar cookie flavour. It is best to use a vanilla extract based on glycerol, however, if you only have access to alcohol-based vanilla extracts, you can still use it since there is sufficient moisture in other ingredients.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl
- Apply a small amount to the lips.
- Rub gently on the lips for a few seconds or up to a minute.
- If time permits, leave the mixture on your lips for an additional minute or two.
- Wipe gently with a soft, damp cloth.
- Store excess in a closed container.
- Enjoy your smooth, supple and healthy lips
Difference between DIY lip scrub and the purchased one
First of all, the ingredients in your DIY scrub are pure and hand-picked by you. In other lip exfoliators on the market, There are certain harmful or unnecessary ingredients such as:
- Lycasin (a type of modified corn syrup)
- Flavour (of course it could be almost anything)
- Artificial aluminum colours
- Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (artificial aroma)
- Last but not the least, your homemade scrub is very cost effective compared to the price of £10 for 0.8 ounces!