Lip Scrubs: What Are They, What Are They Made of, When to Use Them

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Organic Lip Scrubs

Sometimes it’s not enough to coat your lips with balms and oils. To really cure a constant chapped lips problem, exfoliating away the rough, dried skin is essential in helping fresh layers of skin come through. Just as body scrubs are an important part of any skincare routine, exfoliating lip scrubs are crucial in maintaining a healthy, smooth pout. Read on to see why lip scrubs are winter must haves.

What Are Lip Scrubs?

Lip scrubs are quite similar to lip balms. They’re usually made from waxes, oils, fats, and butters, which help to hydrate and moisturize the skin. Lip scrubs will feel quite rough to the touch, and that’s because they’ll also contain an exfoliating product, which works to gently remove any dry skin from your lips. They’re ideal for smoothing and preparing the lips before applying your favorite lipstick for a flawless finish.

What are lip scrubs made of?

Lip scrubs generally contain two components: an emollient and an exfoliant. The emollient provides a hydrating base for the exfoliant, making the product easier to apply to the lips. Emollients in lip scrubs are typically light plant seed butters or oils.

The exfoliant in most lip scrubs is sugar. Sugar is gentle on delicate lip skin but still effective at exfoliating yucky flakes. The emollient and exfoliant work together to moisturise and smooth your lips.

Be sure to read the instructions before use, as some lip scrubs are edible and some are meant to be removed. It might be tempting to take a lick, but you may not want to ingest some of those ingredients.

When Should I Use a Lip Scrub?

Lip scrubs are great for removing small amounts of dry skin and they’re also a great preventative measure for preventing dry skin from forming because they keep your lips hydrated and moisturized. However, if you’re suffering with very badly cracked skin on your lips, which may occur if you’ve recently had a common cold, exfoliating may not be the best option. In fact, it could make your lips quite sore.

If your lips are very dry and very sore, a good alternative is to just use our all-natural lip balms or the Vaseline jelly on its own, without adding any exfoliating products to it.

Why sugar?

Sugar tends to be smaller in size than other exfoliants, making it ideal for sensitive or delicate skin. And, because it’s much gentler on skin, it’s perfect for removing layers of flaky skin without running the risk of irritation or abrasion. Plus, the natural chemical exfoliant in sugar enhances its efficacy while still retaining moisture.

How often?

This really depends on the severity of your chapped lips and how strong your scrub is. For the most part, using a lip scrub once a week is perfect for maintaining a smooth, flake-free smile. But, you can absolutely use every day if your mission to a beautiful smile is top priority.

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