A sugar lip scrub is a great way to exfoliate your lips and make them smooth and kissable all day long. Here’s a quick DIY to make your own with some variations included.
Do you exfoliate your lips on a regular basis? It’s not something we do very often, but every once in awhile it’s nice to plump up our lips and make them feel smooth and kissable!
This is also an easy treat that you could make for all of your Galentine’s. Especially since winter seems to be the time that we notice need a good sugar lip scrub.
A good lip scrub will not only exfoliate your lips but it will also moisturize them so they stay soft. So if your lips are chapped and dry, this is a great recipe to try.
Even if your lips feel great and you just need to be pampered, well this is a great way to do it!
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Why You Should Use a Sugar Lip Scrub
A sugar lip scrub is a gentle exfoliant. Sugar won’t be too harsh to use on this delicate skin and the oil provides a great moisturizer to continue with the softening.
This sugar lip scrub is very moisturizing. You’ll love the way your lips feel after you use it.
Not only will your lips feel smoother, but they’ll also appear plumper!
Keeping your lips hydrated makes them appear fuller and if you opt to add cinnamon or peppermint to your lip scrub it can enhance that plumpness just a bit.
We’re going to start with our tried and true recipe and then we’ve included some variations below that. This is an easy recipe to customize.
Sugar and Honey Lip Scrub
Our favorite recipe is a classic sugar scrub that tastes amazing. You can mix this one up in no time and slather it on. It includes:
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
Just mix your ingredients in a small bowl until they’re combined and have formed a paste.
Then just use your fingertips to rub the paste onto your lips and gently massage them. When you’re finished massaging, use a damp cloth to gently wipe the mixture off.
You can store your leftovers in a small container to use later. They should keep for a few weeks in a cool, dry place.
This recipe will make enough for a 2-3 applications. Or 1 application and a sugary snack.
That’s the upside to using organic and delicious ingredients, you can eat them up.
But seriously, the recipe does make enough to fill a small lip balm container so if you’re planning to give it as a gift you’ll know how much you need to make.
Read on for a few variations to this recipe!
Custom Sugar Scrub Formula
It’s easy to mix up ingredients to make your own version of a sugar lip scrub. You really only need the essentials which are sugar and an oil. The rest of the ingredients are there for added benefits so check out these ideas and then mix up your own scrub.
2 teaspoons of sugar
Sugar is the base for all the lip scrubs and it’s an easy ingredient since it’s in almost everyone’s pantry right now. Sugar is a very fine exfoliant so it’s perfect to use on sensitive skin like your face and lips. We’ve got a yummy facial scrub that you can try too.
You can use different variations for the sugar, just don’t try powdered sugar. It’s too find and definitely won’t provide any scrubbing action. It might make a nice lip frosting though!
The best sugars are going to be:
- Brown Sugar
- White Sugar
- Raw Sugar
1 teaspoon of honey
Honey is full of antioxidants and it’s also very soothing. That makes it a great addition to lip scrub.
Did you know that it’s been used to speed healing on cuts and abrasions? Honey has properties that make it anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory!
There are lots of benefits to using honey but let’s leave it to the fact that it can relieve chapped lips and help them heal.
The best honey to use is raw honey. Honey that has been pasteurized may have some of it’s healing properties removed due to the heat involved in the process. Regular honey products have added sugars in them. Raw honey doesn’t contain any added ingredients.
So look for raw honey when you’re shopping.
Fun fact! Did you know that raw honey is the only food that doesn’t go bad?
1 teaspoon of oil
You need a carrier oil to blend your ingredients into. This is what creates the paste. It’s easiest to stick with the oil that you regularly use in your household.
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Oil
- Olive Oil
- Avocado Oil
Some types of oils absorb into your skin much faster like jojoba oil or grapeseed oil. It’s fine to use these, just note that your results might be better with one of the thicker oils.
Now comes the fun part. Here are some different ideas of ingredients to add to your lip balm to take it the next level. Some of these are just for fun and some of them have added benefits.
- Cocoa Powder – a small dash of this gives your lip scrub a nice tint and a delicious scent
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – soothe your cravings and enjoy this amazing scent (we can’t get enough of it in the fall either)
- Vanilla – this helps with healing and has anti-aging benefits
- Vitamin E – open a capsule of add a few drops of oil for some extra moisturizing
- Peppermint – A few drops of this oil will make your lips plumper and they’ll feel cool and refreshed
- Cinnamon – a dash of this smells great and can be a lip plumper
- Cayenne – it only takes a tiny bit of cayenne to cause your lips to plump up so go lightly if you decide to add this ingredient to your mix
Remember that if you add more wet ingredients you might not need as much oil and if you add in dry ingredients you may need to increase the amount of oil.
For the optional ingredients be sure to use the smallest amount at first to see how your skin reacts to it.
And of course – if you have sensitive skin you’ll want to do a patch test first before trying any of these. We aren’t doctors and you know your skin better than anyone else can.
We do love a great DIY to add to our beauty routine though and we know that you’ll enjoy this lip scrub.