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By Melissa Hutsell
If you’ve never considered exfoliating your lips, you’re not alone. I recently learned the importance of using lip scrubs after struggling to find a lipstick that applied smoothly, and stayed on evenly.
After trying different brands, I realized it wasn’t the lipsticks, but my dry, flaky lips that were the problem.
Why a Lip Scrub?
Balms and chapsticks bring much needed moisture to our skin. But aside from hydration, we need exfoliation—like a scrub—to properly absorb liquid. Body scrubs help remove dull, dead skin from the surface, which removes any build-up, and promotes the growth of new, healthy skin.
When the dead skin is removed from our lips, lipstick or lip liner goes on smoother, and stays on longer (especially if you’re using a matted lipstick, which can emphasize dry spots).
You don’t need to spend lots of money on a product to have luscious lips. Use common household ingredients to create your own in minutes.
How to Make Your Own:
Lip scrubs are typically made with organic brown sugar, honey and an oil such as olive or coconut oil. To make your own, you’ll need:
—2 tablespoons organic brown sugar
—1 tablespoon honey
—1 tablespoon oil*
—a drip of vanilla extract (optional)
*I used 1/3 tablespoon (roughly three full droppers) hemp oil, and filled the rest of the tablespoon up with olive oil.
Combine all ingredients, and mix well. If the there’s still oil sitting on the top of the mix, add another pinch or two of sugar. Store in an airtight container (recycled glassware, like the those that hold flower from dispensaries, are great storage options).
One bottle (.5 fluid ounces) contains 500mg of CBD, which adds more healing plant power to the mixture. I like the herbal-ness it brings to the scrub, which doesn’t reek of weed. If you want a sweeter aroma/taste, add vanilla extract.
How to Use Scrub:
Apply a liberal amount of the scrub to your lips. Gently rub in it a circular motion with your finger tips for 30 seconds to one minute. The, rinse with warm water, and apply a balm or chapstick.
I followed my cleanse with Straight Hemp’s CBD balm because…more plant power! The balm is made with a combination of moisturizing ingredients, including: coconut oil, hemp seed oil, and beeswax. But it also contains eucalyptus, which can irritate sensitive skin, and be too much for the face/lips.
The balm smells of herbally heaven, which my partner appreciates. However, I recommend using petroleum or another hemp-based balm without eucalyptus on your lips, and instead saving the Straight Hemp balm for sore muscles.
It’s best to use the lip scrub once or twice per week. Double or triple the recipe to make homemade gifts for both men and women during the holidays (or really any time of year).