Did you know that kissing too much will leave you with dry, chapped lips? Yep. Saliva from the tongue can further strip the lips of moisture, causing dryness. I would be concerned but home girl here ain’t planning on getting action any time soon, but I’m STILL getting some dry lips. Because of course, frequent summer sun exposure and the dry winter air can also cause chapped lips. We just can’t win. Lip scrubs to the rescue! Who needs a knight in shining armour to save me when I’ve got lip scrubs? (Is what I tell myself on lonely winter nights.)
Most Common Causes of Dry Lips (Besides kissing!)
Dehydration: Lips don’t have oil glands like our skin, so they get dry super easily. If you’ve got widespread body dehydration, your lips will be one of the first to tell you what’s up – so make sure you’re drinking enough water!
Not protecting them: Don’t forget to put some sun protection on your lips! This means a lip balm that has extra sun protection. You can also keep your lips nice and moisturized throughout the day with petroleum jelly or beeswax.
Steer away from…
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This is commonly found in toothpaste, but reports show they can be irritating enough to cause dryness and chapping on your lips. Also avoid toothpaste if they have dehydrating alcohols in them!
1. Coffee My Lips
Ingredients: Coffee Grounds (2tsp), Olive Oil (1tsp), Honey (1tsp)
How it works: The caffeine in helps rejuvenate lips and give them a flush of colour – on top of the exfoliating effects of the small granules.
Steps: Take coffee grounds, honey, and olive oil and mix all these ingredients together. Gently rub the paste on your lips and leave on for 5 minutes. (Try not to eat it all). Rinse with lukewarm water. Moisturise with your favourite lip balm, olive oil, or coconut oil.
2. Sugar Sugar
Ingredients: Brown Sugar (1tsp), White Sugar (1tsp), Olive Oil (1tsp), Honey (1tsp)
How it works: Sugar is one of the best (and most easily accessible) natural exfoliating agents and removes dead skin. The honey in this recipe gives antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, so if your lips are in pain from the chapping, this will soothe them.
Steps: Mix equal parts of all the ingredients until if forms a paste. Rub the scrub onto your lips for about 30 seconds. Rinse with lukewarm water and moisturise.
3. You Go ‘Lemon’ Coco!
Ingredients: Lemon Juice (a dash), Coconut Oil (1tsp), Raw Sugar (1½ – 2tblsp), Honey (1tsp)
How it works: The lemon in this lip scrub helps lighten scars, because of the Vitamin C and citric acid. The addition of coconut oil gives Vitamins E and K, and polyphenols, which are anti aging, and fatty acids that moisturise without breakouts. Win win!
NOTE: Because of the natural acid from the lemon in this scrub, avoid sun exposure – they’ll be more sensitive after using this.
Steps: Mix all the ingredients together until you get a sugary paste. Rub the mixture onto your lips with soft, circular motions. Rinse with water and moisturise for super soft and silky lips that are begging to be kissed!
BONUS: If you’ve got leftover scrub, you can also use it on your face! Also like any kind of exfoliation, limit yourself to lip scrubs twice a week, too much scrubbing can remove moisture and make your lips chapped (again).