It wasn’t long ago that I discovered how important lip exfoliating really is. When it comes to your lips, we often skip over that part of our beauty regimen. But here’s the thing — we all should exfoliate our lips regularly to maintain a healthy, smooth pout. Whenever frigid weather is upon us, our mouths get dry and chapped. 

A lip scrub helps to remove dead, skin and helps your lip balm get to work. The result? Supple and healthier lips. You don't need to purchase expensive lip scrubs online. Lip scrubs are easy to make with essential kitchen ingredients: Think items like sugar and honey — which means the concoctions usually taste and smell amazing.

Here are some fantastic DIY homemade lip scrub recipes:

Crazy for Cocoa

Brown sugar helps to exfoliate, while cocoa butter and coconut oil draw in moisture on cracked lips. Add in cocoa powder, and you have a fresh dose of nourishing antioxidants.

Ingredients

· 1 tablespoon cocoa butter

· 1 tablespoon coconut oil

· 1 teaspoon of cocoa

· 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Directions

1. Melt cocoa butter in a bowl until melted 

2. Pour into a small jar and stir in your coconut oil

3. Refrigerate until the mixture has started to harden, then stir in the brown sugar and cocoa well

4. Store. You can apply to the lips once a week

Coffee latte scrub

Coffee grounds remove skin and honey helps to lock in moisture. Mix in some lavender oil to soothe irritated skin.

Ingredients

· 1 tablespoons ground coffee

· 1/2 – 1 tablespoon honey

Directions

1. In a small bowl mix the unused coffee grounds and honey

2. Place a small amount of the scrub onto dry lips

3. Let it rest for a few seconds, then massage your lips with your fingertip

4. Rinse and then apply lip balm. Store any remaining ingredients in the jar

Rose Compress

Rose oil is anti-inflammatory to ease irritated skin, and the faint rose smell and flavor is always a sweet aroma to have in a lip balm.

Ingredients

· 2 tablespoons milk

· 1 drop rose essential oil

Directions

1. Combine the liquid and essential oil in your dish

2. Dip a cotton swab into the mixture and apply to the lips

3. Let it sit for roughly five minutes and then rinse

4. Refrigerate any excess and use within two weeks

Berry lip polish

Strawberries are loaded with citric acid — which helps polish lips along with raw sugar — and supplies a good dose of Vitamin C from those strawberries to help combat signs of aging around your mouth.

Ingredients

· 1 strawberry (other berries like blueberries will work too)

· 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

· 2 teaspoons raw sugar

· 1/2 teaspoon honey

Directions

1. Mash strawberry with a fork 

2. Add in your coconut oil, raw sugar, and syrup. 

3. Gently massage into lips, and you're done. There's no need to rinse. You can let it stay on overnight. 

Margarita lip scrub

If your tastes run more salty and zesty, then this one for you. The avocado oil balances the natural exfoliation of lime juice and zest while providing moisture.

Ingredients

· 1 tablespoon salt or sugar

· 1 tablespoon lime juice

· 1/4 teaspoon lime zest

· 1 teaspoon avocado oil

Directions

1. In a small bowl, mix salt, lime juice, zest, and avocado oil and stir everything together.

2. Apply to clean lips and gently buff the lips. 

3. Rinse with warm water.


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