Dry lips can be common during the summer, just simply to dehydration, increased thirst and also exposure to the sun. Some individuals also experience chapping, flaking and breakouts of blackheads on their lips due to the overuse of lip balms with sunscreen in them. Ironically using too much lip-gloss, Vaseline and other protective products on your lips can cause pores on your lips to become clogged with oils. This can also happen if you shave around your lips with dull or dirty razors or if you use products that irritate your skin. Failing to clean your face properly after eating greasy foods, as we tend to do in the summer, can also cause breakouts.
To keep your lips clean and healthy, prevent breakouts; it is a good idea to polish your lips about once a week with a toothbrush and a simple homemade lip scrub. As a bonus, using these lip scrubs can also stimulate the blood circulation to your lips and make them look plumper.
Olive Oil and Brown Sugar Lip Scrub
This sugar scrub is gentle enough that you can use it daily if you want, and it also tastes sweet on your lips after you are done. Olive oil is nourishing and moisturizing for the skin and leaves your lips with an attractive sheen. The brown sugar contains acids that help remove any tiny bits of dead skin from your lips.
Mix together 1 teaspoon of olive oil with a tablespoon of brown sugar in a small container. The darker the sugar is, the smaller the crystals it will be and the softer the treatment will be on your lip skin.
It is easiest to simply apply this lip scrub with your finger, as opposed to your toothbrush, using a tiny circular motion that exfoliates the tender lips skin gently for about a minute. Remove the mixture from your lips gently.
Castor Oil and Espresso Coffee Grounds
This is one of those scrubs that is really helpful if you have a cluster of blackheads on your lips because the castor oil will help dissolve the plugs of the blackhead comedones and any old lipstick or lip gloss. Castor oil is also a very strong disinfectant that prevents fungus and bacterial infections.
The espresso grounds can simply be recycled from your coffee maker. They are rich in antioxidants that help skin cells repair themselves, but also act as the main exfoliating agent that helps clear away the oil clogs in skin pores. The best time to make this scrub is shortly after you have a cup of coffee as the grounds will still be slightly warm.
Simply mix a teaspoon of castor oil with a heaping tablespoon of slightly damp espresso coffee grounds to make a fine paste and then rub your lips with the mixture, Gently blot away the coffee grounds from your lips when you are done and apply an extra layer of just the castor oil to promote the healing, disinfection and hydration of your lips.
Sweetened Cacao Powder and Coconut Oil
Cacao powder can be used as a fine exfoliating agent for polishing your lips until they are free of blackheads. As a bonus, this lip scrub can be quite tasty as well, especially if you have cacao powder with added sugar in the mix. If not raw cacao powder works well as well. The coconut oil in this lip scrub is not only an anti-bacterial agent, but it also works to add headlining fatty acids that help to plump, hydrate and heal your lip surface
To apply to rub this mixture vigorously all over your lips using smooth concentric circles and then remove with a clean washcloth or paper towel that has been soaked in cool water afterward.
Things to Note About Lip Scrubs
· There are many commercial lip scrubs on the market, just try to buy from brands that contain natural organic ingredients
· Stay away from lip scrubs that contain plastic micro-beads as they are harmful to the environment
· Avoid putting citrus juices or peels in home-made lip scrubs as they can cause
· Make sure that any containers you use for creating your lip scrub
· If you do decide to scrub your lips with a toothbrush make sure it is very clean or buy one that is specifically for use on your lips and not in your mouth
· Avoid wearing lip gloss, lip balm or lipstick for at least six hours after scrubbing your lips to avoid infection.
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