The harsh winter air takes a toll on our lips leaving them dry, cracked, and peeling. This is a hassle for many lipstick lovers as it makes your lips looking gritty after application. The skin on our face is thinner than the skin on the rest of our bodies, making it more susceptible to the elements. The key to keeping your lips soft is to exfoliate and moisturize. You should exfoliate your lips at a maximum of 4 times per week. This helps to remove the dead skin on your lips, leaving them soft and smooth. You can moisturize your lips as often as you would like. Petroleum jelly works wonders for your lips and is inexpensive. Below are 3 easy ways to exfoliate your lips to keep them healthy, smooth, and moisturized for the winter months. All of these treatments are do it yourself, and can be done with household items.
- Toothbrush Exfoliation
Toothbrush exfoliation is extremely simple and works wonders on your lips. Simply take an unused toothbrush and run under warm water. Holding the toothbrush vertically press up against your lips. Gently move the toothbrush up and down to scrape away the dead skin. Repeat over your entire lip, continuing to wet the toothbrush with warm water when you feel it go cold. Finish by wiping your lips with a towel and apply a moisturizer.
2. Sugar & Coconut Oil Scrub
This scrub is great for your lips but can also be used on other parts of the body that you want to exfoliate. This scrub is only 2 ingredients: sugar and coconut oil. Simply mix sugar and coconut oil together to form a thick paste. Using your fingers, apply to your lips and begin scrubbing back and forth. Stretch your smile and continue to scrub. After about a minute or 2 of scrubbing, wipe off with a tissue. Finish by apply a lip moisturizer.
3. Brown Sugar Lip Scrub
This lip scrub is an amazing exfoliator which you can store for later use. All you will need is brown sugar, honey, and sweet almond oil. Combine 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil, and a splash of honey. Mix well. Apply a small amount of the scrub to your lips. Begin scrubbing and do so for about a minute or 2. Be sure to stretch your smile while scrubbing to get all of the excess dry skin. Wipe mixture off with a damp towel. Finish by applying lip balm.