Exfoliation is a vital part of our beauty regimen, and while we often remember to exfoliate our faces and bodies, we completely forget to exfoliate one very important and prominent asset - our lips!
The result is often dull, dry and flaky lips or lips that are tanned and discoloured from years of neglect.
Regular lip exfoliation ensures your lips stay in the pink of health all through the year, and add more value to your pretty face. To exfoliate your lips, use a mild, natural scrub and moisturize your lips well afterwards.
The skin on our lips is deprived of oil glands and that makes it more prone to dryness, chapping and ageing. Plus, regular makeup wearers would find that the harsh chemicals in their beauty products also take their toll on the delicate skin around their lips.
Moisturize your lips often, and make sure you never let the dead skin pile up. Also, here are our top ten natural lip exfoliators, all super-effective and super-easy to make:
Almond And Honey:
Finely powder about five almonds and add about two teaspoons of organic honey to them to make a paste. Gently scrub your lips with this mixture to remove dull, lifeless skin.
Sugar And Lemon Juice:
Add about two teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice to about one teaspoon of sugar and mix well. Scrub your lips with this to eliminate lip discolouration and dead skin.
Aloe Vera And Lemon Rind:
Add one teaspoon of finely powdered lemon rind into a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and scrub your lips with this to reveal the soft skin underneath.
Clarified Butter (Ghee) And Sugar:
Add one teaspoon of sugar to about one teaspoon of clarified butter (ghee) to reveal super-soft well-moisturized lips.
Oatmeal And Honey:
Add one teaspoon of powdered oatmeal to about one teaspoon of organic honey and gently scrub your lips with this to eliminate lip discolouration and moisturize your lips.
Lemon Juice And Salt:
Add one teaspoon of coarse sea salt to two teaspoons of lemon juice to mildly bleach tanned lips and exfoliate them as well.
Gram Flour And Turmeric:
Mix about one teaspoon of gram flour or chickpea flour with one teaspoon of turmeric and some milk cream to create a thick paste. Gently exfoliate your lips with this paste to reveal soft, glowing lips.
Pumpkin Seed And Yogurt:
Finely grind two teaspoons of pumpkin seeds and mix it into a teaspoon of yogurt. Use this wonderful remedy to exfoliate your lips.
Sesame Seed And Aloe Vera Gel:
Finely powder one teaspoon of white sesame seeds and incorporate this seed mixture into one teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Use this to gently exfoliate your lips.
A small toothbrush:
Use a soft baby toothbrush to give your lips the occasional brushing, sloughing away the dead skin cells to reveal the fresh new skin underneath.
Like with everything else, lip exfoliation too, should be done in moderation. A weekly lip exfoliation is good enough.
Follow up your exfoliation session with some intense moisturizing - use a good lip balm to compensate for all the oils you've stripped off your lips.
Don't over-exfoliate or you'll hurt yourself in your enthusiasm. And always stay natural - it really is the only way to be.