Benefits of Lip Scrubbing & a DIY Recipe
I wanted to share a few pro tips and highlight lip scrubbing and its benefits. Lip scrubbing is essential for lip care and yet it’s a widely underutilized technique. Lip scrubbing removes the dead skin on your lips revealing a soft and hydrated texture. It also improves the longevity and effectiveness of your other lip products. Lip scrubbing is extremely beneficial during the cold, dry seasons and prior to applying matte lipstick. Some of you have opted out on matte lipstick due to its drying and chapping effects. Well, that doesn't have to be the case. The base work of what you do to your lips before the lipstick is the key to getting the best results!
Here’s an all-natural DIY lip scrub you may want to consider:
Ingredients & Measurements:
● A teaspoon of honey
● A tablespoon of coconut oil
● Two generous pinches of brown sugar.
Honey will act as an antiseptic and lightener. Coconut oil is a highly moisturizing conditioner and smells amazing and the sugar is a natural exfoliant. You can use white or brown sugar. I prefer the brown sugar because it provides a deeper and softer exfoliation. I found this recipe on www.saltandritual.com. The amount of ingredients you use is completely dependent on the size of the batch you’re making. Use a spoon to mix these ingredients in a small bowl. Mix until you’ve created a paste. Then using the tips of your fingers, gently scrub your lips in a circular motion for two minutes. During these two minutes, be sure to focus on the driest areas of your lips. Finally, rinse with warm water and pat dry. You should immediately feel the difference.
Soon after, apply a lip balm to moisturize your lips. Do not apply Vaseline or anything with a slippery texture if you will be following up with lipstick. Using Vaseline will prevent the lipstick from layering as it should. During this cold season, I recommend and use Carmex's medicated lip balm. If you don't care for the medicated scent, use any lip balm that has a moisturizing emollient to seal in moisture. I prefer to lip scrub once or twice a week depending, on the weather and the condition of my lips.
This lip scrub recipe is my personal favorite because of its natural components. Also, these ingredients are almost always in the kitchen. There are other DIY lip scrubs and even those on the shelves that work well too, so feel free to experiment and see what works best for your lips. Just remember before you take a selfie, make sure your pout is smooth and soft to the touch and look!