Dry, flakey lips are common during the cool months of winter and early spring, but chapped lips can be caused year-round by dry indoor air, nighttime mouth breathing, allergies, dehydration or autoimmune disease.
Drinking plenty of water and keeping lips protected with a sun-resistant lip balm are two of the best ways to keep your lips soft and smooth. When lips do get chapped, you can remove dry, dead skin with an all-natural lip scrub.
DIY lip scrub
You can make your own lip scrub — in three easy steps — using everyday ingredients you already have at home.
First you will need an exfoliating agent, to buff away dead skin and smooth rough lips. These can include:
- Sea salt
- Coffee grounds
- Ground spices
Next, add an emollient to moisturize and nourish the lips. These can include:
- Almond, coconut or olive oil
- Petroleum jelly
Now comes the fun part: the add-ins. Mix and match flavors with the above ingredients to customize your lip scrub. Optional add-ins include:
- Essential oils, such as lavender or peppermint
- Citrus peel or oil
- Fresh fruit, such as strawberry or raspberry
Try this easy recipe, or mix and match ingredients to make your own flavors.
Honey Cinnamon Lip Scrub
Yields 1/8 cup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons raw honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Apply a small amount to lips with your finger and gently scrub, then wipe with a warm, wet washcloth.
Store in a sterilized small pot or jar with lid. Discard unused scrub after one week.