Our Lips Have Never Been Softer, Thanks to These Lip Scrubs
This season is a rough time for lips. Thin-skinned and lacking in oil glands, they get winter-worn fast—and lip balm alone often isn't enough to ease the ouch factor. That's where a scrub comes in. It gently buffs away dead, flaky skin while depositing a layer of moisture.
DIY Lip Scrub
It's incredibly easy to make. We're talking three ingredients: 1 teaspoon each of brown or granulated sugar, honey and coconut oil. The sugar lends just enough texture to exfoliate, honey has antibacterial properties that help prevent infection in any tiny cracks and coconut oil adds serious hydration. Mix it up, massage a dab onto your lips, then blot off the excess. (It'll last, covered, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.)
Not feeling crafty? Here are three you can pick up that'll do the job.
Herbal Dynamics Acai & Mango Sugar Lip Scrub
This scrub imbues moisture with a sweet tropical scent, thanks to an exotic combination of pistachio and macadamia oils, plus cocoa and mango butters. Vitamin E and acai oil team up for an extra-healing antioxidant-rich boost. ($25, Amazon)
Wen Bella Spirit Exfoliating Lip Scrub
Tiny rice granules whisk away dead skin, while shea butter, jojoba and bamboo water revive parched lips with hydration. It's lemony and luxurious—with a price tag to match—but a little goes a long way so it will last through winter and beyond. ($35, Amazon)
Burt's Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub
Honey crystals do the exfoliating, and because they're inherently gentler than sugar granules this product is particularly good for super-chapped lips that need extra TLC. Cocoa butter and responsibly sourced beeswax impart silky softness and an amazing crème-brûlée-like scent. ($14, Amazon) .
This story originally appeared in EatingWell Magazine January/February 2020.