I’ve always noticed that every time the season changes, spring to summer, summer to fall and especially fall to winter, my lips get seriously dry and chapped. We’ve all suffered from those occasional cold sore which is actually caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1). Don’t be alarmed though, because most times, we’ve contracted it as kids when being kissed by adults or parents who’ve had the virus infection. Sounds icky, I know. You can also get HSV-1 by sharing eating utensils or kissing someone and coming into contact with the other person’s saliva. So…not to be confused with dry, chapped (rash like) lips and your ordinary cold sore, which is anything but ordinary LOL. Anyways, like cold sores, we’ve all probably suffered from severely dry lips, up to the point where it cracks or even hurts to talk. Most people would try and heal this by slathering on lip treatments and balms. But they’re forgetting one important step. Exfoliation. Every time I get chapped lips (every season change) I always reach for the lip scrub. I know most of us do not want to spend $24 on a small pot of lip scrub, so here’s how to make your own!
- Sugar (could be brown or white, doesn’t matter) Sugar crystals are the perfect exfoliation product, not only is it delectable, but it also has a gritty texture that can be used to exfoliate anywhere on your body!
- Honey. Honey is super moisturizing and has anti-bacterial properties! Also tastes delish.
- Mixing spoon
- A very hydrating and medicated lip balm (Carmex, Burt’s Bees, Vaseline, Korres…etc)
Step 1. Spoon out a teaspoon of sugar onto a plate
Step 2. Add about a teaspoon of honey to the sugar, enough so it has a gritty texture and not too much that you can barely feel the crystals.
Step 3. Mix the two together to make an even consistency. It should, as previously mentioned, have a gritty texture. I would rather my lip scrub be on the grittier side than not be able to exfoliate properly.
Step 4. Apply it to your lips using a clean finger and get to work!
Step 5. Scrub scrub scrub. Yum. You can reapply more and keep scrubbing as well.
Step 6. After scrubbing for your desired amount of time, wash off the lip scrub and apply your lip treatment to your lips.
Your lips should feel a lot more softer, smoother and hydrated! It will take a few days to heal so make sure to always keep your lips hydrated and to scrub it often. 🙂