DIY lip scrub

October 4th, 2019

It’s a recipe… for your face!

I have a huge problem with dry lips — in fact, I spend a *lot* of time trying to keep my lips healthy and un-chapped.  There’s nothing more annoying than lipstick that’s flakey or blotchy because your lips are dry and uneven, and sometimes chapstick alone doesn’t do the job.

The trick is to get rid of all the dry flaky skin before you moisturize, the same way you’d exfoliate your face (although never use this scrub on your face — it’s much too harsh).  Sugar is a terrific natural exfoliant — which is one of the reasons it’s an ingredient in many much more expensive scrubs (I like this one for the body).

Just mix together a packet of sugar in the raw, 1/4 tsp of lip balm, and a few drops of olive oil, and rub them vigorously on your lips for about 60 seconds.  Then wash it all off and put on a layer of plain lip balm.  Do this two or three times a week and you’ll see a huge improvement, winter or summer!

And if you want a lip scrub you can carry around on the go, I use disposable mascara wands for this too.  I buy packages of 50 or so wands for about $5 and use the wand as an exfoliator to slough off any pesky dead skin. 

Quick, easy, and you won’t believe what a difference it makes!

Tags: beauty · style

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 fashionablecollections // Aug 2, 2011 at 6:48 am

    This is such a great idea. Will definitely have to try it.

    Fashionable Collections

  • 2 Closet Fashionista // Aug 2, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Ooh I’ll need to try this! my lips get so dry in the winter

  • 3 Carly // Aug 2, 2011 at 7:06 am

    TOTALLY useful post…love this.
    I don’t wear lipstick everyday (mostly chapstick during the week) but when I do put heavy lipstick or gloss on for a few work events and/or night out- my lips are SO dry for a few days following. This is an easy fix for sure..AND i have all the ingredients…who knew?

  • 4 Kristen // Aug 2, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Great idea! I recently started using Fresh’s Sugar Lip Polish, love it but it is a little pricey so once I run out I’ll have to try this recipe out!

  • 5 Taylor { TheProposalEnthusiast} // Aug 2, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I have the worst chapped lips all year round. This is going to be a lifesaver! Thanks!

  • 6 Rachel @ Suitcase Secrets // Aug 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Brilliant!  Rosebud salve is my favorite, and this is such a great DIY fix for super dry lips!

  • 7 The Blonde @ Stylish3 // Aug 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Great idea! I saw this in a magazine once and forgot to ever try it.

  • 8 grace - stripes & sequins // Aug 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

    This is such a great idea… I love rosebud salve… going to need to try this once the seasons change and my lips inevitably dry up!


  • 9 Lauren // Aug 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Great idea Katy! Much better to DIY with at home ingredients & spend the extra $ on a great lipstick! Will have to try this soon!

  • 10 Exfoliate Lips // Aug 23, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Can we use ground coffee too?

  • 11 getting radiant skin | Sugarlaws // Apr 6, 2012 at 5:12 am

    […] off any lingering dead skin cells, but that won’t damage the rest of your skin.  The lip scrub that I use is too harsh for my face, so I swapped out sugar in the raw for oatmeal and baking soda […]

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