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How to exfoliate lips and DIY lip scrub

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Importance of exfoliating your lips

It's common to exfoliate your body and face, but how about your lips? Even if you're not into makeup or a skincare fanatic, exfoliating your lips is essential.

Proper lip exfoliating can relieve dry lips and allow them to do a better job of absorbing moisture. Additionally, your lips will be softer and better-looking.

It's best to exfoliate your lips once or twice a week. The benefits are that you'll remove dead skin and make your lips softer. During the process, make sure you're gentle because lips are sensitive.

Note: There are several ways to exfoliate your lips ranging from lip scrubs to brushes.

Lip balm and brush method

The lip balm and toothbrush method is the quickest way to exfoliate your lips. Make sure your lips are free of makeup and take the following steps:

  1. Apply lip balm.
  2. Gently brush your lips in small circular motions.
  3. Wash your lips with water.
  4. Apply lip balm.

Related: 7 other uses for lip balm

If you have sensitive lips, use a children's toothbrush because they're generally softer and easier on your lips.

DIY lip scrub

Another method is to use a lip scrub, which you can make at home. Lip scrub is an effective way to remove dead skin and something you need to include in your skincare routine.

To make lip scrub at home, you'll need coconut oil, brown sugar, and honey. Once you have the ingredients, take the following steps to make homemade lip scrub:

  1. In a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of solid coconut oil.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of honey.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
  4. Use a spoon to mix the ingredients until you have a rich and smooth consistency.

Note: If you're allergic to coconut oil, you can skip it and use honey with brown sugar.

After creating your DIY lip scrub, you're ready to use it. Gently rub the lip scrub on your lips in a circular motion and leave it on for 2 minutes.

Then rinse your lips with warm water and apply lip balm. 

Frequently asked questions

Is it bad to exfoliate your lips?

It's not bad to exfoliate your lips. However, be gentle because your lips are sensitive. Exfoliating too hard or often can cause damage.

How often should you exfoliate lips?

Once a week is a great routine to follow, and you'll avoid irritating your lips.

Can I use salt instead of sugar?

Yes, you can use salt instead of sugar to exfoliate your lips. Just make sure you apply a generous amount of lip balm after.

Bottom line

Adding lip exfoliation to your skincare routine is a great way to get rid of dry skin and flakes. Doing it once a week will help your lips become softer and smoother. The following are lip care tips that go beyond exfoliation:

  • Apply lip balm before bed and when you go outside.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Use unflavored lip balm to avoid any possible irritation.
  • Avoid biting or licking your lips.

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