Tuesday, September 18, 2012

DIY All Natural Lip Scrubs


I wanted to talk about lip scrubs today, why, because spring has finally sprung and after the long cold winter winds, our lips need a bit of tender loving care to be their best for stolen kisses while watching the sunset!

The reason we scrub our lips, like we do other parts of our bodies, is because by doing so we help the delicate skin there retain moisture better, which in turn helps them to resist chapping. It also gives us a good smooth base to wear lipstick and help it stay on longer and makes those tiny lines around our mouths, that come with age (and if you are a smoker, smoking), less noticeable as well.

By choosing to make your own lip scrubs you have more control over what goes into them as I mentioned before, but also you can make them fresh each time you use them and they only take a few simple ingredients and they can be as fun as you want to make them, using what ever ingredients you have on hand at any time.

Because we are looking at making lip scrubs I would suggest that we look at things that we like to eat, so maybe salt won’t be the best exfoliant to use in this area as you will taste it when using it and salt can also be irritating to the sensitive skin on our lips.

So lets have a look at some simple lip scrubs to give you some ideas for what you can use yourself:
 

Lush Type Lip Scrub:

1 teaspoon of castor sugar

1 teaspoon of jojoba oil

Drop of flavour oil or essential oil such as lavender, spearmint, peppermint

Just mix together in a small bowl, adjusting the consistency of your lip scrub to suit your taste.

To use, rub a small amount on your lips and either lick it off or wash it off.

Apply a naturally made lip balm with no added petroleum products for best results.

 

Honey Lip Scrub

1 teaspoon castor sugar

Drizzle of raw honey

1 teaspoon of olive oil

Just mix together until you have a consistency that you like.

To use, rub a small amount on your lips and lick it off or wash it off.

Apply a naturally made lip balm with no added petroleum products for best results.

 

Fruity Lip Scrub

1 strawberry, mashed

1 teapsoon of castor sugar

Simply mix and use

I hope these simple lip scrub recipes give you more ideas on what you can use to try to make your own lip scrubs.

 

So have a look and see what you have in your kitchen to use as a lip scrub. It doesn’t have to be a sweet scrub like the ones I have suggested above, they are just a few of the types that I like to use. If you don’t like the sweet scrubs or you don’t like to taste the scrub at all, feel free to use other ingredients and experiment, some other idea’s include the following:

 

Honey and Almonds

A little bit of raw honey

A teaspoon of ground almonds

Mix and use straight away, rinse off with warm water or wipe off with a damp cloth then apply lip balm to keep the moisture locked into your lips. Raw honey is anti bacterial and soothing, the ground almonds will give a gentle exfoliation.

 

Yoghurt and Bicarb Soda

Mix a little of each in a small bowl and rub onto your lips. The bi carb soda in this recipe is the exfoliant and the yoghurt has good things for your skin in it as well so an added bonus!

 
What is your favourite ingredient for Lip Scrubs?? Please share so we can all have a try as well!

 
Amanda xox

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