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Homemade Lip Scrub and Mask
By Tiffany Moore
They are everywhere – on magazines, TV commercials and billboards. Luscious, pouty
and full. What am I talking about? Sensual lips that make men swoon and girls quiver
But the problem is, not all women are naturally endowed with juicy puckers.
The skin of the lips is nothing like the skin on the rest of your body that is capable
of hydrating and regulating moisture. Lip skin is very delicate and thin, about 3-5
layers thick versus 16 layers on your face. Plus the lips have no sebaceous glands
or lipids, meaning that they cannot naturally produce oil to protect themselves from
drying and cracking caused by environmental factors.
If your puckers are less than sensational, fret not. Rejuvenate them with these total
moisturizing homemade beauty recipes – lip scrub and mask – right now, and get attractive
kissable lips that rival those of Megan Fox, Rihanna and Scarlett Johansson. The
ingredients needed are insanely cheap and are very likely in your kitchen this very
Milk contains lactic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid that soften dead skin while
providing intensive moisturizing actions to leave dry rough skin smoother and more
Butter has Vitamins A and E, both are known for their skin rejuvenating properties
and hence widely used in dermatology and cosmetology to help reduce the formation
of wrinkles and fine lines.
Sugar is included in this DIY lip scrub recipe to serve as a natural skin exfoliator
to remove dull skin surface and bring dry chapped lips back to life.
Olive oil feeds dry flaky lips with antioxidants (Vitamin E) to keep them deeply
hydrated and rosy.
Marvelously hydrating honey works as a natural humectant to help attract and trap
moisture, lending to plumper kissable lips in no time.
Aside from Vitamin A, carrot will also supply you with good amounts of Vitamin C,
which helps increase collagen production and prevent the signs of premature aging.
Furthermore, carrot juice is said to help fade blemishes and is often used in combination
with plain yogurt to brighten dull complexion or minimize the appearance of old acne
scars. A highly effective home remedy that can also used to treat uneven skin tone
Besides pampering your puckers with these home beauty treatments once a week, there
are a number of things you can do to stop and prevent peeling lips in future.
Bad habits such as constant chewing, licking of lips, and smoking are among the most
common culprits of dry flaky skin on lips. Chemicals in cigarettes can deplete natural
moisture from your lips while evaporation of water (and enzymes) in saliva can rob
natural protective oils, causing dryness and not to mention, soreness as well.
In addition, there are a couple of don’ts when it comes to avoiding chapped lips
naturally. They include don’t hold metal objects in your mouth such as paper clips
and staple refills. Don’t lick envelopes and don’t suck on citrus fruit rinds like
oranges, lemons or grapefruits.
Excessive sun exposure especially in hot summer months, or cold wind and dry air
in frigid winter days, can be a probable reason why you have chapped peeling lips.
So always use a good quality rich lip balm that has moisture-binding ingredients
like hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Emollients such as lanolin or squalene can also
help replace the natural moisturizing factors that lips have lost through harsh weather
On top of that, you want to make sure it contains SPF 15 sunscreen to protect against
harmful UVA and UVB rays. Try budget-friendly Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer SPF 15 or
Badger SPF 15 Unscented Lip Balm Stick. If you love a slight hint of color, I suggest
the pricier Kiehl's lip balm SPF 15 (Hue 58B or 30G).
Alternatively, hydrate with a touch of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly throughout the day
if you are going to be indoors (heating and air conditioning). Any Vitamin E rich
oil – wheatgerm, olive, coconut, jojoba, almond – will also do the trick. Dab a bit
of beetroot juice on lips before bedtime, and wake up smiling with beautiful rosy
lips the next morning!
Another simple tip to keep lips baby soft and alluringly luscious is drink plenty
of water to thoroughly hydrate your skin, including lips. Aim for 8-10 glasses per
day to stop lips from drying out easily. Fruit juices may not be an acceptable substitute
due to its high fructose content, which consumed in excess can contribute to unwanted
weight gain. Instead, try unsweetened herbal teas or add fresh mint and lemon slices
to a pitcher of plain water if you like a bit of flavor. Caffeine-free rosehip tea,
being rich in iron, is particularly helpful for those craving for rosy and pink lips.
Very importantly, keep in mind that persistent problem of scaly lips (and cracks
in the corner of the mouth) is associated with Vitamin B2 deficiency, so it might
be worth considering vitamin tablets containing 10-50mg of this vitamin to see if
Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe
1 teaspoon unsalted butter (soften at room temperature for 10-15 minutes)
1 teaspoon milk (whole or full fat milk is recommended if you have extremely dry
lips that peel)
1 teaspoon fine granulated white sugar
How to make sugar lip scrub at home:
1. Place butter and milk in a small bowl. Mix well until well combined. Gradually
stir in sugar.
2. Smear mixture over lips and gently rub with your ring finger in circular motions
for a minute or so. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
Homemade Lip Mask Recipe
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (soften at room temperature for 10-15 minutes)
½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil)
1 teaspoon honey (use active manuka honey to heal cracked lips)
1 teaspoon fresh carrot juice
How to make lip mask at home:
1. Place butter in a bowl. Drizzle in olive oil and mix well.
2. Add honey and stir together. Finally pour carrot juice into mixture.
3. Apply DIY lip mask on lips for about 10 minutes before you wipe off with tissue
or a cotton pad.
Note: You can keep any unused portion in an air-tight container and store in the
refrigerator for no more than 5 days. Avoid sugar scrub if lips are peeling or chapped.
It’s ok to use after they are healed.