DIY Lip Scrub Recipe & Guide: Lip Scrub Finally Explained!
If you live in a dry area with hot summers, or in a cold area with long winters, you’ll already know the effects that harsh weather can have on your lips. It’s easy for your lips to become dry, chapped or even cracked over time without the correct treatment. Having dry lips can be painful – not to mention unsightly. Thankfully, we have lip scrub to turn to. But we’ll get to that shortly.
It’s important to keep your lips moisturized and in good condition. Generally, we use lip enhancement products to help maintain the moisture in our lips as well to protect them from the harsh elements of the environment. The problem with most conventional lip treatments is that they often work for short periods of time before leaving your lips dry again.
This means that you have to keep using them in order to maintain healthy lips. One of the additional downsides to using these lip treatments is that they often have really strong flavorings, which can ruin a meal or drink. Not to mention the fact that many companies use unsafe chemicals in their mass-produced lip scrub formulas!
I recommend turning to a DIY lip scrub recipe in order to treat your lips, as you’re able to control the amount of the individual ingredients you put in the mixture and create a mixture that’s perfectly suited to you. I’ve had great results since switching to the DIY process, and so far haven’t suffered from any dryness and don’t feel the need to re-apply lip products every hour – the effects are lasting! What exactly is lip scrub, you ask? Read on!
What Is A Lip Scrub?
Lip scrubs are quite similar to lip balms and often contain similar ingredients such as natural waxes, oils, various butters and fats that help to moisturize and protect the sensitive skin on your lips from exposure to the harsh elements. The difference with lip scrubs though, is that they also contain slightly rougher exfoliating ingredients that help to loosen and remove dead skin cells from the surface of your lips.
By doing this, you keep your lips healthy and clean as well as allow them to retain moisture for longer periods of time. This is why conventional lip balms only work for a limited period of time. They only work on the surface of the skin and don’t penetrate much deeper than that. Exfoliating your lips is as important as exfoliating your skin in general.
One other advantage of exfoliating your lips is that it helps to stimulate the circulation of blood to them, which makes them seem fuller and more radiant which makes them look healthier in general. When it comes to beauty and cosmetic treatments, exfoliating your lips is essential before applying your lipstick, as it makes the lipstick last longer and will help to make the application of the lipstick easier.
It’s always important to be careful with how much lip scrub you use at any time, and how often you make use of it as over time, your lips may become sore and sensitive with too much scrubbing.
Be sure to exfoliate your lips 2 to 3 times and week and monitor how your lips feel afterwards. If you feel like they need more treatment – then feel free to do so. If, however, they feel sensitive or sore after scrubbing, refrain from doing so for a few days while you lips heal. Better safe than sorry!
The Importance Of Lip Health Explained
Mother Nature certainly knew what she was doing when she took away our tails but left our lips intact. Generally, healthy lips are regarded as an indication of proper health. If your lips are sore, cracked, swollen, chapped, discolored, or too tender – these can all be isolated incidents, yes, but they can also serve as a warning sign of more serious conditions.
Healthy lips make speech and food intake easier and smoother; they make intimacy and romance better and more enjoyable; and basically, they make you look more attractive and desirable in the eyes of others. They are one of the most sensitive parts of the human body, with an astounding amount of nerves which are constantly sending information back and forth from the region, and which are always reacting to the outside world.
For this reason, keeping lips in optimal condition is paramount. The protection you provide them with is given back to you on a number of levels. Your lips can say a lot about you, so it is in your best interest to keep them healthy and vital. Ideally, lips should be soft, smooth-looking, and carry their typical pink-ish hue.
People use balms, creams, scrubs, and moisturizers of all types and kinds – butters, oils, etc. – all in an attempt to keep their lips looking good and feeling good. Perhaps you wouldn’t think that such a small part of the human body would carry so much weight, but as we all know – especially when it comes to erogenous zones – it’s not the size that counts, but how you use it.
DIY Lip Scrub Recipe
Making your own DIY lip scrub couldn’t be easier and it’s definitely the right direction to head in if you’re serious about maintaining healthy, beautiful lips. When utilizing a homemade recipe, you can control exactly what goes into the finished product. This means you have more freedom to experiment with different flavors and scents and are able to control how strong or soft the scrub is.
If you feel like your lips are taking to much damage from the scrub, feel free to add more oils and butters. You could even reduce the amount of exfoliating agents you include in your next batch for more sensitive lips. The sky really is the limit here – or rather, your imagination. The beauty of going the DIY route is that you control the formula – not anyone else.
I would also recommend DIY because it’s cheaper in the long run. Most cosmetic and skin care products are expensive and generally don’t last very long, even with artificial preservatives. By buying your own ingredients, you can make more for less.
Even if the initial cost of the ingredients might cost the same, or even a bit more than your conventional lip balm, you’ll save money in the long run by not having to replace the product when it runs out as well as doing to your bit to help reduce the amount of waste we create.
It’s a simple change that can have a much larger positive effect on your lifestyle as a whole – so it’s definitely worth investigating. This is a really simple recipe that shouldn’t take you more than an hour (or two at most) to finish and will have great results from the first application.
I definitely had favourable results within my first week of applying the lip scrub and haven’t gone back to conventional lip care products since. In fact I can say the same for most of the skin and hair treatments I use today, but that’s a different story for a different time!
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar.
- 1 Tablespoon Organic Honey.
- 1/2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil.
- 5-8 drops of either Tea Tree, Eucalyptus or Lemon Essential Oil.
- 1 Pinch Cinnamon.
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla.
- Small Container With Sealed Lid.
To make the lip scrub, simply heat a small frying pan and melt the coconut oil in it. Don’t burn it, just make sure it’s not in it’s solid state. While this is happening, mix the honey with brown sugar and stir well, so that the two blend well. Then add the coconut oil and continue to mix.
As you’re mixing the coconut oil into the bowl, you can add the cinnamon, essential oil and vanilla essence to the mixture. Once you’ve properly stirred the mixture and have a finished product, scoop it into your container and seal tightly.
If you have a known allergy to any of the ingredients – obviously you should avoid them. There are loads of different recipes out there that you can try, as well as other ingredients you can experiment with. I personally preferred this one because I often have the ingredients around my home anyway and really liked the flavor. It’s so delicious that I sometimes just carry it around to put in my coffee from time to time!
When applying the scrub, use a little at a time, as too much can have a negative effect on the surface of your skin – a fingertip’s worth should do the trick. You can apply the scrub with your fingertip or with a toothbrush – whichever you prefer or works best for you.
Once you’ve applied the scrub, let it sit for at least 2 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water and apply an organic lip balm to help lock in your lip’s moisture. You can also feel free to check out Lush Lip Scrub as we’ve covered in our Lush Company Review!
DIY Lip Scrub Before and After Results
You should feel the results of the scrub after even the first application, but I highly recommend using it 2-3 times a week over the course of your first week for the best results. After applying the lip scrub, your lips may feel a little sensitive – but not painful. If they’re feeling sore, you should either use less sugar in your recipe or apply the lip scrub more gently.
It’s imperative that you don’t eat or drink anything particularly hot, or anything that’s too cold for at least 30 minutes to an hour after applying the scrub, as it could damage your lips. Generally, at least in my experience, my lips have felt smoother and softer once the sensitivity disappears and tend to retain moisture longer – giving them a more luscious, natural color and texture as well as alleviating any dryness or irritability that I had before.
Just in case it’s particular hot or cold out, I always tend to carry my container with me in case I feel the need to use later in the day. Over time, your lips become used to the scrubbing and you can use the scrub more regularly.
In conclusion, I haven’t had any problems with my lips since using the lip scrub – and I used to regularly suffer from dry, chapped lips during the winters. I enjoy using the natural, homemade recipe because it’s a lot more affordable than the lip scrubs I’ve seen in skin and beauty stores and personally, I believe it works just the same, if not better.
It has no additional preservatives, flavorings or colorants that could dry out your skin and the natural flavor doesn’t affect the taste of your meals or drinks – so you don’t have to worry about eating bubblegum flavored salads!
If you haven’t tried natural products or DIY recipes in your life yet, the I highly recommend this one to start with. It’s quick, affordable and effective. Once you feel and see the difference in your lips – you’ll never go back to the conventional methods you used before. As they say, the proof is in the pudding, or in this case, the lip scrub!