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Exfoliating lip scrub homemade: DIY lip scrub recipe

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This Exfoliating lip scrub cleanses your lips so they look and feel healthier than ever. The DIY lip scrub recipe is simple to make at home, with just a few ingredients you may already have in your pantry. 

The beauty of homemade lip scrub is that it is one of the most accessible skin care products you can make at home. It is affordable and very effective. Moreover, it makes your lips smoother by removing dead skin and boosting blood circulation. Depending on the ingredients, it also has extra advantages.

DIY lip scrub recipe

But why bother to make lip scrub?

Lips aren’t great at holding moisture, so they often get dry.

If you have chapped lips and always use lip balm without much relief, try a homemade lip scrub that might do the trick.

What is an exfoliating homemade lip scrub?

This homemade lip scrub recipe is made of natural ingredients. That helps remove dead skin cells and make your lips smoother. You can create it using everyday items found at home. A basic recipe might include sugar, honey, and coconut oil. The sugar is a gentle exfoliant, the honey helps moisturize, and the coconut oil provides additional nourishment. Other variations may include ingredients like cinnamon turmeric, beetroot powder, or vanilla for added fragrance. 

DIY lip scrub recipe

Why use it in your Lip Care Routine?

One lip balm won’t do the trick if you want your lips healthy, moisturized, and nourished. An ideal lip care routine consists of several steps. 

Firstly, regular hydration is essential, so drinking adequate water supports overall skin health, including your lips. Secondly, using a lip balm with SPF protection helps shield your lips from sun damage. Additionally, it’s important to exfoliate your lips, a step many of us forget to do! Lastly, practicing good habits, such as avoiding excessive lip licking, will leave your lips feeling luxuriously soft.

Exfoliating lip scrub homemade ingredients

Why make a sugar honey lip scrub at home?

  • Control Over Ingredients: While expensive lip scrubs from stores often use additives and chemicals, this natural lip scrub is safe for use on sensitive skin or people with allergies. 
  • Cost-Effective: at-home lip scrubs are a great way to exfoliate your lips simply and affordably with ingredients in your pantry.
  • Customization: Since you are the maker, you can tailor-made this sugar lip scrub to your preferences, including texture, scent, and color. Remember, lips need very gentle exfoliation compared to the face or body. So, you need to ensure that the ingredients used are not harsh to avoid abrasions.
  • Simple and Convenient: This recipe is one of the easiest beauty products that I made; even a beginner can make it; no need for special equipment 
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Ingredients

Exfoliating lip scrub homemade ingredients

Honey

Honey is a popular humectant that is a moisturizing agent with the ability to retain moisture while also preserving the sugar scrub. Combine it with sugar and almond oil for this homemade lip scrub.

Sugar

Granulated sugar is a gentle exfoliant that removes dry skin to reveal new skin cells. If applied in a smooth circular motion, it also increases blood circulation. You can use any sugar at your disposal; the smallest granules are suitable for sensitive skin. 

Less abrasive brown sugar with the most minuscule granules is suitable for sensitive skin. 

While Turbinaro sugar is the least processed with the most minerals and large granules and is suitable for normal skin types. Try several types to see what works best for you.

I mainly used white sugar in this honey scrub to highlight the color difference. Otherwise, White processed sugar is highly processed and contains much less glycolic acid than its unrefined raw counterparts. Glycolic acid is the main ingredient that supports cell turnover and generates younger cells.

A similar effect has also been found in finely ground coffee grounds.

How to use lip scrub for dry lips?

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a dual role in this recipe. It acts as a natural exfoliant and moisturizer, helping to remove dead skin cells while keeping the lips hydrated. Its nourishing properties and mild nature make it suitable for gentle yet effective lip care.

Vitamin E – optional

It has antioxidant properties that help protect the lips and moisturize, promoting a smoother texture.

Essential Oils – optional

While essential oils can be used in lip scrubs to add fragrance and other benefits, it’s crucial to use them sparingly. Also, use oils that are safe for topical application on the lips, like lavender, vanilla, or peppermint essential oil.

Turmeric powder

Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may help soothe and rejuvenate the lips. However, use it in moderation, as its intense yellow can temporarily stain the lips.

Why make a sugar honey lip scrub at home?

Beetroot Powder

Beetroot powder is a unique and natural addition to lip scrubs. It provides a natural reddish or pinkish tint to the scrub, and some people believe it may offer subtle lip-staining properties. 

DIY lip scrub recipe

First step: Mix sugar and coconut oil

In a small bowl, mix the sugar and coconut oil. Adjust the ratio if you prefer a coarser or smoother texture.

But why bother to make lip scrub?

Second step: Add honey

Add honey to the mixture and stir well until all ingredients are combined.

Third step: Add essential oils and vitamin E

If desired, add two drops of vitamin E and essential oils if you are using any. Mix well.

making homemade lip scrub

Fourth step: Add colors

You are done unless you want to add some colors and additional benefits to your homemade lip scrub. I split the content into three small bowls and left one pure white, with no colors. Then, I added 1 teaspoon of turmeric to the second bowl with  1 tablespoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of beetroot powder for a pinkish tint to the third bowl. Once mixed property, transfer each lip scrub into the sterilized lip balm tint.

What is an exfoliating homemade lip scrub?

How to use lip scrub for dry lips?

Before you start, make sure your lips are clean of makeup or lipstick. Also, always use clean and dry hands when scooping lip scrub from the container to prevent contamination!

Scoop out a small amount of lip scrub with a spoon or cosmetic spatula and apply a lip balm to the lips with a toothbrush or your finger. Gently scrub the lips in a circular motion for 30-60 seconds to get rid of dead skin.

The sugar granules might make your skin feel sticky, so rinse with warm water thoroughly after you’ve exfoliated.

Apply a hydrating, moist lip balm or lip mask afterward, as your lips may feel a little sensitive after using the scrub.

With exfoliation in your skincare, you can better maintain soft, healthy and smooth lips. 

HOwever, apply the lip scrub once or twice a week, this is enough to remove the dry skin to help maintain soft and supple lips. 

How long does home made lip exfoliator last?

How long does home made lip exfoliator last?

When stored in an airtight container, this gentle lip scrub could last up to three months. To increase its shell life, use a spatula or spoon when scooping the scrub from the container to prevent bacteria. If you notice a change in smell or appearance, it’s time to toss it and make a new batch.

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exfoliating lip scrub
Yield: 3 lip balm tins [each 50 ml (1,7 oz)]

Exfoliating lip scrub homemade: DIY lip scrub recipe

Exfoliating lip scrub homemade

This Exfoliating lip scrub cleanses your lips so they look and feel healthier than ever. The DIY lip scrub recipe is simple to make at home, with just a few ingredients you may already have in your pantry. 

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and coconut oil. Adjust the ratio if you prefer a coarser or smoother texture.
  2. Add honey to the mixture and stir well until all ingredients are combined.
  3. If desired, add two drops of vitamin E and essential oils if you are using any. Mix well.
  4. You are done unless you want to add some colors and additional benefits to your homemade lip scrub. I split the content into three small bowls and left one pure white, with no colors. Then, I added 1 teaspoon of turmeric to the second bowl with  1 tablespoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of beetroot powder for a pinkish tint to the third bowl. Once mixed property, transfer each lip scrub into the sterilized lip balm tint.

Notes

When stored in an airtight container, this gentle lip scrub could last up to three months. To increase its shell life, use a spatula or spoon when scooping the scrub from the container to prevent bacteria. If you notice a change in smell or appearance, it's time to toss it and make a new batch.

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Vladka Merva on March 8th, 2024

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