Have dry lips? You are not alone, and you can use a few simple ingredients found in your kitchen to help make your dry lips smooth again with our DIY Sugar Lip Scrubs. Make them at home for yourself or for the perfect homemade beauty Christmas Gift!
One thing winter time is sure to bring. . . Dry skin! Eh, such a pain (literally!) For me personally I end up with dry, peeling lips and of course this time of year is when I am wanting to apply my favorite dark lipstick but Dry, peeling lips + Lipstick = Not a pretty combo. A homemade lip scrub is definitely needed.
Good news, you can exfoliate off that peeling skin and bring it back to life. Not to mention you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to do so. Some of the best ingredients for a great scrub are found right in your kitchen. It only takes a few ingredients and you have a few different scrub options. Plus, these make for gorgeous thoughtful Christmas gifts. Let me show you just how easy, useful and gorgeous these scrubs are.
What are the benefits of a lip scrub?
Lip Scrubs are used to exfoliate removing impurities, dead flaky skin and plump your lips.
Why use sugar as an exfoliate?
One of the obvious reasons to use sugar as an exfoliate is it’s inexpensive and most likely already in your home. To break it down in three reasons with a little science. First, sugars small granules are usually more gentle on skin than a salt scrub. Sugar’s natural humectants properties draws moisture from the environment and hydrate the skin.
Another natural source sugar has a benefit as an exfoliate, is that it has glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that penetrates the skin. This breaks down what bonds skin cells, helping to encourage cell turnover. Which generates fresher, younger-looking skin. You have probably heard of Glycolic acid before, as it typically used to treat sun-damaged and aging skin.
DIFFERENT FLAVOR SCRUB OPTIONS:
Peppermint Scrub: Sugar, Honey, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and peppermint (more granulated) **Can add food coloring for color if desired.
While this one just screams “Hey it’s Christmas/Winter time!” with the smell, Peppermint also has been known to help with cold sores when applied topically, while you wouldn’t want to scrub them this a great way to lather up those lips to do what you can to prevent them this season.
Cinnamon Scrub: Sugar, Brown Sugar, Coconut Oil, Cinnamon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Cinnamon is know to bring blood flow to the skin and nutrients, causing plumping. Here is some great info on benefits of Cinnamon.
Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub: Brown sugar, Coffee grounds, Coconut Oil and Honey.
Coffee exfoliates, tightens and brightens skin. Hot Tip: This is my favorite scrub to make up quickly to exfoliate off my old spray tan and prep for my next spray tan!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Jars or a way to store them. Mason Jars are always a perfect way to give these or I saved these tiny little containers from a previous gift of sample jelly’s (yay for recycling!)
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SUGAR LIP SCRUB:
With the ingredients listed in the flavor options you will want to make these according to your jar size. Add your sugar and your oils slowly, you will want to kind of mash your coconut oil into the sugar softly and combine. Be patient and keep mixing, you don’t want to disintegrate your sugar.
Once it is combined and still has a sugary finish but sticks together with a thick paste texture you are done! With the peppermint oil only use a drop or two, it goes a LONG way. Honey will only take a few drops as well. Remember it’s always easier to add more later if needed.
HOW TO USE YOUR DIY SUGAR LIP SCRUB:
Over a sink, scoop out desired amount, I would suggest enough to scoop out on your index finger, apply to your lips by patting on, then taking a soft (yes, you want a soft) toothbrush or wash cloth scrub around to exfoliate. You can apply more scrub as needed. Feel your lips, did you get all the dry skin off? If no, you can add more and keep scrubbing. If Yes?! Now wipe off with damp towel and apply your favorite lip balm.
While these are packaged up for your lips, I use these same recipes for my body exfoliators, especially when prepping for my spray tans!
HOW LONG IS YOUR HOMEMADE SUGAR LIP SCRUB GOOD FOR?
Keep your lip scrub refrigerated. It can be stored for about 2 weeks in refrigerator. Have you gotten yourself one of these mini beauty product fridges to store all your masks, oils, rollers and scrubs in yet? It’s a MUST! I love this one with the built in Bluetooth speaker, perfect for getting ready with or unwinding.
Give a lip scrub with our Christmas gift note + directions and your favorite lip balm, for a gorgeous, unique and useful gift from the heart. Get the FREE printable here!
Now you have the women in your life covered for Christmas, but you need to get your hard to buy for man a gift? I’ve got the most unique gift guide for your outdoors-men here!
What are you favorite ways to keep your skin moisturized in the dry winter months? Do you have a favorite combination of kitchen items to use on your skin?
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