Get soft and moisturized lips, even in winter
I am all for bargain hunting and creating my own natural concoctions where possible because traditional beauty products can be really pricey. A DIY homemade lip scrub is a super easy solution for dry, peeling lips which often occur during and soon after winter. I drink a lot of water and constantly moisturize my lips because dry lips are one of my biggest pet peeves. Yeah, dry lips are not attractive at all. Seeing as soft lips are so important to me, I believe that using a lip scrub is an essential part of a pamper day.
The DIY homemade lip scrub:
When coconut oil initially hit the South African market, it was quite pricey but now with it being increasingly popular you can grab a 500ml tub of coconut oil from local stores like Woolworths and Pick n Pay from between R49.00-R60.00. Coconut oil is not only useful for lip scrubs but also for moisturizing hair, skin and cooking. For those of you that are outside of South Africa, coconut oil should be available at your local grocery stores too.
Now back to getting rid of dead skin cells on your lips. The key components of any lip scrub is a nourishing agent and an exfoliator. When using a homemade lip scrub, it’s important to start off by exfoliating to get rid of dead skin and then following with moisture to replenish the skin. This four ingredient homemade lip scrub consists of coconut oil, brown sugar, honey and water. You could alternatively use olive oil which is also very moisturizing. One of the benefits of making a homemade DIY lip scrub with 100% edible products is that you reduce the risk of ingesting any toxins. Additionally, if you lick your lips, you might like the taste (guilty as charged). This recipe is completely natural so there is no risk of harm.
1 Tablespoon coconut oil (alternatively olive oil)
1 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
½ Tablespoon lukewarm water (optional depending on desired consistency)
- Put the honey and coconut oil in the microwave for about 15 seconds. This will allow it liquidise and become easier to mix in with the other ingredients
- Stir coconut oil into the honey
- Add and mix in the sugar (and water if desired)
- Rub gently on your lips in a circular motion for up to two minutes
- If there’s time, leave the mixture on for a few seconds
- Rinse with lukewarm water. I promise I won’t tell anyone if you lick it off instead 😉
If you have some of the lip scrub leftover you can store it in the fridge for a few days. I would suggest that you keep the DIY lip scrub in a resealable container such as an old lip balm container but be sure to sterilize it to avoid germs. I’m guilty of keeping little bits and bobs lying around that I should’ve thrown away but they do come in handy for homemade products so I guess it’s not that bad to hoard a little, right?
I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you ever tried a DIY lip scrub or any other type of scrub before? Comment below and share your ideas and/or experiences.