This diy lip scrub is made with just 3 ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. It’s easy to make and will put an end to your dry. flakey lips. Since it’s homemade you know there are no questionable ingredients.
Lip scrubs play an important role in preventing dry lips. They are both exfoliating and moisturizing which is just what winter lips need.
Glycerin – Vegetable glycerin is an emollient and will help moisturize your hands as you are cleaning them. I’ve tried using coconut oil but I don’t like how oily it makes my skin feel when it’s rinsed. You can certainly substitute coconut oil if you like.
Salt – I like to use a fine Himalayan salt for this lip scrub recipe, but you can use any finely ground salt or sugar. The skin on lips are very sensitive so whatever you do, don’t use regular ground salt or sugar.
Essential oils – if you want you can scent the scrub with a few drops of essential oils. Just know that since you rinse scrubs off, the healing properties of the essential oils will also get rinsed off – unlike when you apply lotion. I prefer to use my oils in lotions rather than in scrubs for this reason.
How to Make a Scrub
I like to just mix the ingredients right in the jar I’m going to store the scrub in. I use a chopstick to get the sugar out of the bottom groove. I use a 2 ounce amber jar. You don’t need to make a big batch of lip scrub.
You can mix the scrub in a mixing bowl and then transfer it into the mason jar if you want.
Once the scrub is mixed, put a lid on the jar for storing. I like to use the plastic storage lids instead of a metal canning lid. The metal tends to rust.
How to Use Lip Scrub
You only need to use lip scrub when your lips are dry and flaky. You don’t need to use it regularly like you do a facial scrub.
- Dampen your lips with warm water
- Using a spoon or scoop, take a small amount of scrub out of the jar. Be careful not to let any moisture get into the jar.
- Gently scrub your lips using a circular motion.
- Rise with warm water and pat dry.
- Apply lip balm immediately.
Conquering Dry Skin
Dry skin can be constant or it can be seasonal. Whatever the reason for your dry skin, the solution is the same. You need to moisturize from the inside by drinking plenty of water. And moisturize from the outside with lotions or creams. However, for lotions to work you need to exfoliate the dead skin first. Here are more ideas for conquering dry skin with scrubs and lotions.
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- 1 - two ounce jar with lid
- Measuring spoons
- Chopstick or something to stir with
- Small mixing bowl (optional)
- Spatula (optional)
- Wash and dry the jar and the lid.
- You can mix the ingredients directly in the jar or use a separate mixing bowl.
- Mix the salt, glycerin and essential oil (if using) together until well combined.
- If you mixed in a separate bowl transfer the scrub to the amber jar.
- Top the jar with the lid.
- Use within 6-8 months.
How to use Lip Scrub
- Dampen lips with warm water.
- Use about 1/2 tsp lip scrub and gently scrub your lips in circular motions.
- Rise with water and pat dry.
- Apply lip balm immediately.
- Use as needed to remove dry flakes but no more than once a day. Lips are very sensitive and do not normally need to be exfoliated on a regular basis.
If the scrub seems too thick, add more glycerin. If it seems too thin, add a little more salt.
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