Soften your lips with a homemade scrub -

Soften your lips with a homemade scrub

Hot or dry weather can make your lips look and feel like sandpaper. Our beauty expert Jessica Metivier has a surprising homemade recipe to make that chapped feeling disappear.

"No one likes dry, flaky lips! And packing on lip balm is not the best solution. [This] exfoliating lip scrub [is one] you can make in your very own kitchen for pennies," says Jessica.

Use two parts olive oil, or jojoba or coconut oil if you prefer, to one part brown sugar in a bowl. Whisk and blend it together to form a paste.  It couldn't be simpler!

If you want to get fancy, you can always add a drop of an essential oil such as lavender or peppermint. Simply use your fingertips to apply the scrub directly to your lips and buff away for about two minutes.

We used brown sugar is because it's exfoliating, but it's also gentle on your lips and not too harsh. Next, add the olive oil, which is also a great moisturizing agent. It leaves your lips nice and smooth. Other suggestions include:

  • If you don't have any brown sugar on hand, using white or raw sugar can
    work, too. It's just a little rougher, so be careful that you don't exfoliate
    too hard - be gentle.
  • Can't wait to wear red, or other bright, dark lipstick? Smooth lips before
    are a must! Scrub first.
  • Try adding an essential oil, such as peppermint to your scrub. 
  • Love your homemade lip scrub? Why not whip up a large batch and
    package in little pots for an inexpensive, heartfelt gift or party favor? 
  • Lip scrub helps buff away dead skin cells and smooth out lips, but don't
    forget to drink lots of water to hydrate from the inside out.

And guys, if you let her try this on you, you'll both profit! Don't can remove the scrub with a washcloth and still have surprisingly smooth lips of your own.

The best thing is it will hardly cost you a dime....and your lips will feel divine!

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