As a young teenager, I’m pretty sure the first ‘beauty product’ I discovered was lip balm. I’ve gone through quite a few brands from
Lip Smackers (the range of flavors was amazing and they all tasted delicious!) to cherry flavored Carmex that comes in the bright yellow tube. Although they tasted delicious, I found myself reapplying them constantly. They weren’t enough.
Having grown up in The Great White North (can’t say I’ve ever referred to Canada that way), I always look forward to the epic snowfalls that allow me to bundle up, throw on my Sorels and walk through the beautiful winter wonderland outside. As fun as this can be, my face doesn’t react to the weather quite well. I have the most dry, flaky skin and especially cracked lips that has become an annual battle.
Now, at the wise yet tender age of 28, I have learned that it’s not only important to moisturize but to also exfoliate my lips. Up until last year, exfoliating meant biting the dry skin off my lips myself. I know, so gross. It was a horrible habit, and the worst part was that it became so normal that I was doing it in front of other people.
Thankfully I’ve put my lip biting habit behind me and have resorted to a great solution that is safe, delicious, effective and super easy.
Here’s how to do it.
- 1 tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil (you can find it in Asian or vegan stores and even at some grocers)
- 1 teaspoon Honey
- 2 teaspoons Brown Sugar
Make sure your Coconut Oil isn’t too hard, otherwise it’ll be difficult to mix. Letting it sit in a warm water bath for a few seconds works well.
Combine a tablespoon of Oil and Honey in a small bowl until nice and smooth – there shouldn’t be any lumps. This is your base.
Add the brown sugar to your base and mix until completely incorporated. Transfer to a small jar or container and let sit at room temperature for at least a half hour – this will allow for the ingredients to set.
Once ready, all you need to do is put a small amount on your finger and rub the scrub onto your lips in a circular motion for a few minutes and then lightly remove with a tissue – or lick it off like I tend to do occasionally, just don’t do it everytime. The Coconut Oil will help moisturize your lips while the brown sugar acts as a tasty exfoliant. I tend to do this before bed, without fully removing the scrub, that way the oil can really get to work while I’m getting my beauty sleep. In the morning your pout will feel soft, smooth and nourished.
Pucker up ladies!