Flaky lips? What? Your lips can get rough at any time of year – but it seems to happen especially in the dry air of winter, and during the hot summer months.
It makes sense – your lips are always out there, exposed to the elements. And if you exfoliate the rest of your body to keep it smooth and fresh … why not your lips?
As we age, our skin regenerates more slowly (you may notice that your hair and nails grow more slowly, cuts take longer to heal, and your skin doesn’t have that same glow… that’s because our skin cells have slowed down a bit!).
By exfoliating, we gently scrub off the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal the new, fresh skin cells underneath. This gets rid of gray, dry, flaky skin anywhere on your body. In this case – on your lips!
- 1 tsp. brown sugar (or any sugar you have on hand)
- 1 tsp. coconut oil (organic,cold pressed or deodorized – depending if you want the coconut smell)
- Stir the coconut oil and brown sugar together with the back of a spoon and put into a little lip balm container. If the coconut oil is too hard to stir, gently warm it in your hands, or in the sun (or in the microwave, if you use one), to slightly soften the coconut oil before stirring.
- That’s it! This scrub should last for 6 months. But this is DIY, people, so we need to use common sense! If the lip scrub starts to smell different, or if you see any mold growing on it, just throw it out and make fresh.
- To Use: Just rub a little lip scrub on your finger, apply to your lips, and gently scrub with your fingertip. Lick, wipe or rinse off.
Sugar is a natural exfoliant. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is both antibacterial and anti-fungal. Coconut oil contains vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant which nourishes cells and strengthens capillary walls (aka, your lips look refreshed).