We have all heard about exfoliating your skin but what about your lips? The lips are part of your skin. They do not sweat, do not have oil glands, and are thinner and more delicate than the rest of your skin- but they are still skin. They get dull, flaky, and collect dead skin cells. These are all natural occurrences but there are some things you can do to keep your lips glowing and healthy.
Here are three reasons to exfoliate your lips and an easy method for doing so. It does not take a lot of time and what a difference it makes!
Improves the Texture of Your Lips
Over time and with weather changes your lips get chapped and flaky. Whether it be the summer sun or the winter winds your lips occasionally become chapped, dry, and flaky. It is uncomfortable and unsightly. Even if your lips are not chapped they are skin and dead skin cells build up over time. As we age our skin does not naturally get rid of dead skin cells as readily so occasional exfoliation will aid in getting rid of those cells so that new ones can take their place. Our bodies naturally shed skin cells as its way of renewal.
Reveal Natural Glow
Once the dead skin cells have been exfoliated the new cells will allow your lips to
display a natural glow. Old skin cells look dull and lifeless while new cells are glowing and radiant.
Lip Products Look Better
After exfoliating your lip gloss, lip balm, and lipstick will go on smoother and more evenly. Your lip products will also have more staying power keeping the color or gloss in place for longer periods of time.
Removes Dark Spots
Over time our lips may have dark spots or uneven color. Gently exfoliating regularly aids in the gradual, natural removal of uneven dark spots on our lips. Not only are dark spots unsightly but they also keep your glosses and balms with no color from looking their best.
How do you exfoliate? (Including a basic recipe)
Exfoliating is luckily something that is easily done at home. You may wish to purchase a product made for this but it is not necessary. If you do purchase an already made product do your homework and check the ingredients before purchasing.
If your up to making your own we’ve found that a sugar based exfoliant works well on the lips. You may use anything from white sugar, which has a very fine texture, to raw Turbino sugar, which has a very coarse texture. Even a combination of the two will work allowing you to make your mix more fine or less fine depending on your needs. If your lips are already dry a more fine mix will work better so as not to further damage your lips. If your lips are very chapped and bleeding wait to exfoliate until they are no longer bleeding. You will also need to add an oil to soften your lips. Olive oil works well with the sugar mixture but you can also use unrefined coconut oil, avocado oil, or sweet almond oil.
1 cup sugar, preferably organic (any combination of fine ground granulated sugar, brown sugar, and/or Turbino sugar)
1/3 cup olive oil (or unrefined coconut oil, avocado oil, or sweet almond oil)
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1 Tablespoon honey (optional)
Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
Carefully smooth mixture onto lips and rub gently. Leave on for 1 minute. Rinse with
warm water and pat lips dry leaving a little of the oil residue on lips. You may apply lip balm to lock in moisture. Store in a tightly closed glass jar.
This scrub can be used on your lips, your entire face (avoiding the eyes), hands, feet, elbows, or knees.
Let’s talk about the don’ts when it comes to exfoliating. You should only exfoliate once or maybe twice a week at the most. This is not something you do every day. The skin on your lips is very delicate. So be gentle and use sparingly. Also, exfoliation is not a substitute for hydration. You must drink plenty of water and eat nutritious foods for your lips to remain healthy. Please do not exfoliate when your lips are so badly chapped that they are bleeding. You may want to start with an oatmeal mask on severely damaged lips. Once lips begin to heal use honey and fine granulated sugar to start. Some recipes on the internet recommend using a toothbrush to exfoliate the lips in conjunction with the scrub. We recommend not using any brush. As stated before, the lips are delicate and easily damaged. You might end up worse off in the end.
Enjoy the nice soft feel of your lips!