Scrub away flaky lips with these DIY exfoliating treatments
Is winter causing your lips grief this winter? One of the most annoying symptoms of the cooler months – aside from the dry skin, runny nose, and viruses – is the horribly uncomfortable feeling of chapped, flaky lips. A swipe of lip balm can no longer solve all your problems, this takes some extra TLC.
Below, we’ve created several DIY hydrating and exfoliating treatments to get your smooth, healthy lips back in no time! Plus, Tessa shares her recommendations for products to protect your lips for the rest of winter.
Not only is this one super quick and easy, but it tastes delicious too! All you need is one teaspoon of honey mixed with two teaspoons of sugar. Sugar is a natural exfoliant, and honey is the ultimate remedy to soothe chapped lips as it’s loaded with antioxidants and has a mild antiseptic effect that helps accelerate the healing of minor cuts.
Massage the mixture into your lips and allow it to soak in for 10 minutes. Use a warm, damp face washer to gently remove the treatment. It’s as easy as that!
Coconut sugar scrub
A substitute you can use for honey is coconut oil. Similar to the above recipe, the sugar will act as the exfoliant to get rid of any dead skin. Coconut oil is a great ingredient to use for instant hydration. It contains medium-chain fatty acids, which makes it easy for your skin to absorb. It also allows your skin to soak in more vitamin E, which helps prevent the production of cell-damaging free radicals. Using a lip balm containing vitamin E can help boost circulation to your lips and generate new skin cells, which will help you achieve soft, nourished lips.
Simply mix the coconut oil with a teaspoon of brown sugar. The coconut oil will be solid, so you will need to warm it in the microwave for a few seconds or rub it between your fingers. You don’t want it too hot because it will melt the sugar, which needs to remain granulated to have an exfoliating effect.
Yoghurt and Lemon Peel
If you’re in need of a more heavy-duty treatment, this one may be for you. The lactic acid from the yoghurt and the citric acid from the lemon juice helps peel away the layer of dead skin, allowing fresh and rejuvenated skin to shine through.
Mix two teaspoons of Greek yoghurt with one teaspoon of lemon juice and apply to your lips. If your lips are super dry or sensitive, you may want to stick with one of the gentler treatments above.
Now that the flakes have been scrubbed away, keep your lips nourished with a hydrating lip balm. Tessa recommends the following products to keep your lips smooth, luscious and healthy through the cooler months:
Hurraw! Lip Balm
Natural, raw, vegan. Hurraw! lip balms are a silky smooth formula made from high-quality ingredients sourced directly from farmers. Find out more here.
Flora Fix Balm by The Beauty Chef
This treatment is designed to protect the skin’s natural biome, this treatment locks in moisture and nourishes your skin through their unique Flora Culture fermentation process. Plus, it can be used as a moisturizer or soothing treatment over your entire body as well as a balm for eyes and lips. Find out more here.
Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm
For the ultimate boost of hydration. See the difference with each wear of this hyaluronic lip balm packed with active ingredients. Find out more here
Noni Lip Treatment by Kora Organics
For deep nourishment that soothes, hydrates and protects. This silky smooth treatment contains Potent levels of Certified Organic Noni and Licorice Root combined with Desert Date Oil and Cupuacu Butter to keep lips well-conditioned. Find out more here.