Let's talk about lips! There are so many different ways to make an all natural lip exfoliator at home. The combination of ingredients you choose is totally up to you and your preferences, but I wanted to provide a guide to help get you started. Most of these natural ingredients you will be able to find in your kitchen pantry. To store, I would recommend using a small glass mason jar or any small glass jar with a twist lid, both you can purchase from amazon.
The goal here is not to scrub too hard, but gently exfoliate the dead, dry, top layer of skin cells, to reveal a new, smooth and soft layer of the lips. Don't over do it on the "scrubbing", and make sure to let the nourishing mixture sit and soak into your lips before removing. Always use an extra hydrating lip balm after you exfoliate for maximum supple and smoothness. I would recommend exfoliating the lips either in the morning, on clean lips as part of that days skin care routine, followed by a lip conditioner or balm, or at the end of a long day when our skin/lips are ready to breathe and shed all of the makeup and debris we have accumulated throughout the day. It's a great idea to sleep in your favorite lip conditioner or balm.
Here are some recipes to get your lip potion flowing, feel free to mix and match with the following ingredients and use about a 1/4 teaspoon of each ingredient + equal parts of each. (Depending on how much scrub you would like to make and how many ingredients you are using- If you are only using two ingredients, use about a Tablespoon of each). Note: These mixtures will not last long due to there not being a preservative present, so only make enough for a maximum of a 2-3 days. I would advise exfoliating twice a week, and keeping your lips conditioned with balm daily.
-Raw Honey + Brown sugar + Coconut oil
-Olive oil + Raw sugar
-Coconut oil + Raw sugar
-Coffee + Your favorite carrier oil- Add a pinch of cacao if you're feeling wild.
(Examples of carrier oils you should use: Almond oil, Olive oil, Vitamin E oil, Grape seed oil, Jojoba oil).
Tips: Do not over exfoliate or scrub too hard. This can create more damage than healing. Lightly brush the mixture over lips making small circular motions. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes. Gently remove with a washcloth and warm water to slough off the dead cells. Immediately after you exfoliate, be sure to follow with your favorite hydrating lip balm. Use something healing, conditioning and extra balmy. Your lips should feel smooth as butter after a gentle scrub and the moisture is locked in.
Benefits of key ingredients:
Honey- Naturally antibacterial and soothing.
Brown sugar/raw sugar- Very gentle, natural exfoliant.
Coconut oil- Naturally healing and hydrating.
Coffee- Increases circulation and blood flow, gentle, and energizing.
Olive oil- Naturally moisturizing for skin softening and healing.
Cheers to happy + smooth lips,