Not a lot of women do not use lip exfoliator on a daily basis, nor on a weekly basis. The truth is, not everyone is aware of the benefits that it can have for your lips. If you are intrigued and you want to know a bit more about proper exfoliation, as well as all the benefits that it can have, we will teach you how to make lip exfoliator. Also, we share some exfoliating tips and tricks, and we will help you create your own exfoliating mixture at home.
Why Should You Exfoliate Your Lips?
Exfoliating helps chapped lips. By knowing how to exfoliate lips, you can rid yourself of dry lips. This especially happens during the winter season, when you are exposed to low temperatures, snow and wind. Also, a lot of women have dry lips naturally, which is why you should bring back the moisture with some tips and tricks, products, as well as remedies.
If you are a smoker you have probably noticed the effects of nicotine and how it can dry out your lips a lot faster than other external factors. Well, if so, you should definitely start exfoliating your lips. In fact, the most common reasons why people exfoliate their lips are:
- To remove the flaked off pieces
- Removing all the dead skin cells
- Having softer lips
- Having plumper, fuller lips
- Easier and smoother application of lip makeup, such as lipstick
How to Exfoliate Your Lips: A Step-by-Step Process
Usually, exfoliators can be harsh due to their small grain-like pieces. This is why most experts and dermatologists recommend exfoliating only once or twice a week. When doing it, here is how the process should look like:
- Remove any traces of makeup before you start
- Wipe your lips with a cotton round or with a wet wipe
- Start exfoliating with a toothbrush to get rid of smaller dead skin cells
- Use an actual exfoliator afterward if you own one
- Use a humidifier to help keep the air around you moist
- Let them rest and only apply a lip balm on top till the next morning
Options for Lip Exfoliants
Now that you know how to exfoliate lips and why the process is important to incorporate into your weekly routine, we give you some recipes to make at home. Your lips will be soft in no time!
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Coffee Grounds and Shea Butter
If you own coffee grounds and shea butter, go for this method. Make sure you also have a plate, a tablespoon and a cotton swab before you start making your paste.
Use a tablespoon of your coffee grounds and pour them onto a plate. Use a cotton swab to dab in the shea butter. Anything that ends up dripping onto the plate should be just enough.
Once you are satisfied with your mixture and its consistency, you can apply it to your lips. Make sure that your lips are wet and soft before you apply the exfoliator. You can apply it directly from your cotton swab, or you can apply the paste with your fingers that is on the plate.
Wipe off the residue and apply a lip balm on top. Redo this exfoliating method twice a week. You can also use sugar or cinnamon as your exfoliator and you can switch up your emollient with some olives or coconuts if you do not have shea butter laying around.
Lemon and Honey Scrub
If you want to make something by following strict rules and measurements, go for this scrub. Make sure you have white sugar, jojoba oil, honey and lemon, a bowl, and a teaspoon.
You should pour the sugar into a bowl (use around 3 tablespoons of white sugar). On top of that add 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil. Use honey for hydration and add 1/2 teaspoon of honey. You can make the paste delicious by adding 1/2 a lemon.
Start mixing in all the ingredients with a spoon. Continue adding pressure until everything ends up looking like the same consistency. In case it ends up looking too watery, add some more white sugar to the paste.
In the end, rub the product with your fingers and coat both of your lips. Rinse it out with lukewarm water and add a lip balm on top.
What to Do After Exfoliating Your Lips
Although getting your lips exfoliated may seem like the entire job is done, the truth is, it is not. The maintenance is also as important. In case you wish for hydrated and smooth lips, make sure that you:
- Always apply a non-irritating lip balm before you go to bed
- When outdoors, be sure to add a lip balm that has an SPF of at least 30. This will keep your lips protected from any damage.
- Drink water and keep the hydration running
- Don’t pick, bite, or play with your lips. Also, avoid licking them since it will actually dry them out.
- Don’t forget to exfoliate at least once a week