Lip scrubs have become extremely popularized as a trend in recent years. They are a great product to exfoliate, clean, and hydrate your lips. You can either purchase them commercially, or make them yourself, but what are lip scrubs made out of?
Lip scrubs can have many different ingredients that vary depending on the brand or flavour you are using. However, they all contain a hydrating base, and an exfoliating component that works as the ‘scrub’. All other ingredients are additions to change the flavoring, scent, and color of the product.
There are multiple different types of lip scrubs that can serve varied purposes; brands have become creative when it comes to these products, and you can purchase them in just about any color and flavour imaginable.
While lip scrubs have become a staple in cosmetic routines, when used incorrectly they could do more harm than good. When lips are chapped and dry, this could be the result of either very high or very low temperatures, dry weather conditions, exposure to UV rays, mistreatment, and stress. Lips should be exfoliated either once or twice a week in order to maintain their proper care and health. This routine will keep your lips moisturized, soft, and nurtured.
Are you unsure of whether you should be using a lip scrub? If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, then you should incorporate one into your weekly routine:
- Cracked, chapped lips
- Consistent dryness
- Lack of moisture
- Problems when applying cosmetic lip products such as lipstick; neither a smooth or even finish
- Extreme cases; swelling and bleeding caused from dehydration
When applying and using lip scrubs, make sure to do so correctly. Do not use the product every day, or this could lead to even worse symptoms than what you began with. Be very gentle when applying a lip scrub; gently coat your finger with the product or a small applicator such as a toothbrush. In slow, circular motions, spread the product on the area. Gently rinse off with warm water, and apply a chapstick or lip moisturizer to seal in the effects. Read more on the importance of lip scrubs here.
It is very important to know which ingredients you are applying to your skin, especially the lip area where some of the ingredients could be consumed. There are many great commercial options that you can purchase, just make sure to read through the ingredient list before doing so. The following are lip scrubs with high ratings and reviews:
- Fresh Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator
- Bite Beauty Agave+ Weekly Vegan Lip Scrub
- Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Kiss’r Lip-Loving Scrubstick
- Kopari Coconut Lip Scrubby
Many dermatologists suggest lip scrub users to save their money and make lip scrubs at home. While there is some speculation on whether homemade lip scrubs truly work or not, many users have been left satisfied with some recipes which allow you to make these scrubs at home, using ingredients you probably already have on hand. This way, you know exactly which ingredients you are applying on your lips, and you can make them clean, organic, and add your natural flavoring of choice.
Online you can find multiple different lip scrub recipes. Look for the ones that include sugar, natural oils, papaya, raw honey, aloe vera, and green tea, since these are known for being the most gentle, and will not cause your lips any harm. Read here for more clean recipes and other approved ingredients to include in your homemade lip scrub.
While the ingredients that compose lip scrubs may vary, their purpose remains the same. If you are new to lip scrubs and are seeking out suggestions, go for the clean and organic varieties that will be the gentlest on the skin, and will reduce any chances of irritation or poor reactions. If in doubt, make your own lip scrub at home for the easiest, most affordable, and least abrasive formulas.