You spend a lot of time buffing and smoothing the rest of your body, so you should probably exfoliate your lips too, especially in the winter when they tend to get extra chapped. Luckily, there are lots of easy DIY options for exfoliating your lips as well as scrubs specially formulated for your pout to keep it soft, moisturised and free from dry skin.
Lip exfoliators also work to prime the skin before applying lipstick for even colour. In winter you will likely want to exfoliate more often but any more than twice a week could cause problems on the delicate skin. Here are our favourite ways to properly exfoliate our lips and keep them smooth.
How To Exfoliate Your Lips
Coconut Oil & Sugar
This is a really simple, inexpensive and easy DIY to exfoliate your lips. Mix together a little organic coconut oil (like this one by Sister & Co) with some granulated sugar then scrub your lips with it. Just rinse it off when you’re done and apply a bit of lip balm.
The Ilia Balmy Nights Lip Exfoliator looks like a classic stick lip balm in their signature recycled aluminum casing, but really it is a handy organic lip exfoliator. Tiny granules of volcanic stone gently exfoliate the lips, banishing dry skin. It has a non-greasy, moisturising finish but for optimal results, wipe off with a tissue and finish off with the Ilia Balmy Days Lip Balm. UK brand Bybi Beauty have created their version in a biodegradable sugarcane tube, with sugar and strawberry extract to slough away flaky skin. Sweet almond oil helps restore moisture and prepare your lips to receive all the benefits of their Plumper Lip Balm which contains a touch of cinnamon to help lips looks their fullest.
Brush Your Lips
Apply a thin layer of a multipurpose balm, like The Gentle Label’s Healing Balm, to your lips, then use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the dead skin off. Make sure you’re using a brand new toothbrush for this purpose so you don’t scrub toothpaste into your lip’s delicate skin or dead skin cells onto your teeth. Pearl Bar’s Charcoal Soft Child’s Toothbrush is ideal for this and gets extra points for being biodegradable.
Using a washcloth or muslin cloth to gently slough off dead skin is an easy method to getting your lips nice and smooth. Run it under warm water and then rub it over your lips in small circular movements. Just remember to be gentle!