Removing the dry dead skin covering the soft lips underneath is called Exfoliation. Regular exfoliating your lips that is, twice in a week can help dry lips become moist, smooth and plump. Exfoliation helps in the penetration of moisture into the lips. Following are some easy and the best homemade and natural lip exfoliator that would help you lips become smooth and moist, over chappy and dull.
Here Are The 5 Widely Used Homemade Lip Exfoliator:
Home Made Cooking Oil Scrub
Mix ¼th cup of granulated sugar with ½ cup of coconut oil and one tablespoon citrus fruit zest in a bowl. Now, use the scrub in the shower or maybe after and massage in circular motions for more than 30-40 seconds. Rinse it and pat lightly to help it dry and oil will absorb immediately. You can make this scrub in good quantity to be used regularly for a long period of time and can preserve it in an air-tight container in your fridge. Just be sure that the container is air-tight else it would not be of any use after few days.
Sugar Based Scrub
Mix olive oil and sugar in a small bowl in almost equal quantity. Make the scrub a little pasty in consistency. Then, gently rub the mixture so formed with your finger tips on your lips. The longer you rub your lips the more you exfoliate your lips. Use a wash cloth to massage your lips for about a minute and a half. Wash of the mixture with warm water and apply lip balm on your lips so that the lips are rehydrated. Your lips would surely feel soft and smooth.
Take an old toothbrush of good condition with straight and soft bristles and apply petroleum jelly on it. Rub the tooth brush in circular motions on lips for at least a minute and a half to two minutes. Then with a cotton cloth gently rub off the petroleum jelly. Apply your favorite lip balm or petroleum jelly on your lips to rehydrate them. Repeat this twice a week and watch your lips turning pink and soft permanently after sometime.
Be sure that the bristles of the toothbrush are soft as you would be using it on a very soft and sensitive part of your body. If you don’t have a toothbrush to be used for this purpose at the moment use your finger tips they would work the same way. Just make your nails are cut so that while rubbing in circular motions you don’t hurt yourself.
Baking Soda Scrub
Form a gritty paste using water and baking soda. Rub the paste in circular motions on your lips with the help of a toothbrush with straight and soft bristles or a wash cloth. Continue rubbing the paste for at least two minutes and then rinse off the paste with the help of warm water and slowly dab the towel on your lips to help them dry. Baking soda dries up the lip so it is recommended to apply your favorite lip balm to moisten your lips properly; neither the water nor the baking soda moisturizes the lips at all.
Honey Sugar Scrub
Take 1/4th cup of honey and 1/3rd cup of sugar and mix it well together. Apply it on your lips in circular motions for a good two to three minutes. Wash it off with warm water and gently dab with a towel to dry your lips. Apply your favorite lip balm to rehydrate your lips and make them look shinier. One may also sleep with the mixture for a night by putting a strip of paper towel on the lips and slightly pressing it. Back sleepers can easily sleep with the mixture on as they have a habit of sleeping straight with their head kept upright. Wash it off in the morning and you may see the best results yourself. Your lips would look smooth and soft.
These are the best and the most effective natural ways of exfoliating your lips and make your dull, chappy and dry lips look soft and smooth and shinier. You can substitute the oils as per what suits your skin type but olive oil and coconut oil suit almost every skin type. You must exfoliate your lips twice a week so that the dead skin cells could be removed and fresh skin cells take up the place. Exfoliation makes the lips healthier and help turning the lips pink as well. All these easy treatments could be done easily sitting at home without costing a penny extra.