How to Make a Sugar Lip Exfoliating Scrub

lip scrubIn the chilly months the air gets dry, and our lips suffer for it. As they get chapped, they often get covered in a layer of crusty, peeling, annoying dead skin that usually ends up getting bitten or tugged off-and that doesn’t do anybody any favors. Now your lips are bleeding and they’re sore and they are raw and soon they will be crusty again. It’s certainly a debacle, but one that I have found can be avoided by making a simple lip exfoliator. I used to purchase my scrub, and then I realized it’s actually the easiest thing in the world to make.

How to Make a Sugar Lip Exfoliating Scrub- will leave your lips silky smooth.

It’s important not to use this too much-our lips are fragile after all-but it really does the trick getting rid of all that dead peeling skin and revealing the soft skin underneath. follow up with an all-natural homemade lip balm to get that moisture in there.

You will need…
-A tablespoon of brown sugar or white sugar
-A dash of honey (just enough to make the sugar really stick together) OR a bit of olive oil/coconut oil
-A teeny tiny little drop of vanilla (it makes it smell yummy, but isn’t necessary.)
-A small container

lip exfoliator ingredients

Mix a tablespoon of brown sugar with just enough honey (or olive oil) to get it to stick together. Once a week (twice at the very max) rub the scrub onto your lips, vigorously enough to loosen the dead skin.

Let it sit for 1 minute, and then wipe off with a damp washcloth. Apply lip balm after use.

Again, don’t overuse this, but it is a great tool when it comes to dealing with chapped, peeling, lips. If you like you can combine the brown and white sugar, but either will do the trick. If you would rather avoid the sticky honey, you can substitute with olive oil or coconut oil.

mixing the brown sugar and honey
sugar scrub consistency
exfoliating my lips

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  1. Liz says:

    How long will this mixture keep and how should it be stored?

  2. Susan says:

    Worked great — I was miserable all day chewing at my peeling lips. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Veronica says:

    To Liz and Susan: Liz, you can put in a mason jar so its sealed properly, and then put it in the fridge. That should keep it stored properly and not let it go bad or anything. That’s what I did!

    Susan, I totally agree with you! My lips were chapped so badly, it was red all over my chin and up to my nose! This scrub was AMAZING! I added a little bit too much “Homemade Vanilla Extract” but that made the scrub even better! 🙂

    • Leslee Cruz says:

      How long will it last if I only store it at room temperature? Will try this soon 🙂

      • Elizabeth says:

        It should last for a long time because all the ingredients by itself is already stored at room temperature. You just have to mix it before use.

  4. Lucius says:

    This is great for guys, too! I just made a small container of this and used a bit on my lips…all the peeling went away and the white buildup around the corners of my lips are gone. Now my lips feel soft and smooth! Thank you! Also…you can add cinnamon or cayenne pepper to this mix if you want to give your pout a good plump.

  5. Paddy says:

    Wow! This worked great. My lips were completely chapped and flaking. Used your solution and the flaky skin was completely gone. Thanks a ton!

  6. Grace says:

    Thanks! I just tried it for the first time and my lips look and feel great. This is definitely something I’ll be doing again.

  7. Sofia says:

    Wow! Thanks! It’s my first real winter out here in UT (I’m from HI) &my lips have been so bad, this definitely did the trick! Thanks again!

  8. puppylover333 says:

    thank u so much it works with vegitible oil too again thank u so much

  9. Savanna says:

    THANK YOU!! I was so desperately looking for a medicated lip balm or exfoliating solution to get rid of the dry cracked skin that would always make doing things like talking or even smiling very painful during the winter time, and now I’ve found it! Its simple, has quick results, and its so easy to make -I didn’t even have to go to the store for supplies. I’m definitely going to be doing this from now on. 🙂

  10. Kiesse says:

    I wanted to know for how long can I preserve the lip exfoliating scrub?

  11. Theresa says:

    How can I make it taste/smell like mint or berry? I can’t wait to try making it!

    • Claire Goodall says:

      You can add a drop of peppermint extract or peppermint essential oil if you want it to smell minty. If you use peppermint essential oil (vs extract) mix it with a teeny tiny bit of liquid oil (such as olive oil) before adding it to the mix to dilute it. Enjoy! 🙂

  12. sarah says:

    Can this be used on the whole face?

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