When we think of exfoliation, we typically think of our bodies and faces, but we don't always remember our lips. Whether you wear makeup or not, lips can get dry, flaky and chapped. Sure, you can reach for that lip balm — it’s a quick, temporary fix. What you want to do is remove those dead skin cells with a lip scrub once or twice a week so your lips stay smoother, longer.
Now, you can certainly make your own lip scrub with ingredients that are easy to find — if you don’t already have them — and that are relatively inexpensive, such as virgin coconut oil or brown sugar. But there are plenty of products available, ranging in price, designed to turn that pout into a smile without splitting your lips.
Here’s a roundup of what we found.
Check out this lip exfoliator from e.l.f., also known as "eyes lips face."
Unlike some other lip scrubs, this one comes in a lipstick tube rather than a pot, so no messy fingers. Infused with vitamin E, shea butter, avocado, grape and jojoba oils, the lip scrub should be applied to clean, damp lips in a circular motion.
Be sure to press gently, otherwise you’ll be left with a raw kisser. The scrub does leave a residue, so simply moisten a cotton pad with water and wipe it away. Apply lip balm afterward to help maintain smoothness. It should go on nicely once you've scrubbed off all those dead skin cells.
The lip scrub is only $3 and not tested on animals.
Here are some lip scrubs from Lush.
Available in mint julips, bubble gum and popcorn flavors, these lip scrubs are made entirely with natural ingredients or with a combination of natural ingredients and safe synthetics. The peppermint oil in mint julips will leave your lips feeling tingly. Simply apply a pea-sized amount on your lips and scrub gently. The best part is that you can lick off the excess. Apply lip balm afterward.
The lip scrubs go for $9.95 each and are not tested on animals. Lush is also very serious about sustainability.
As with Lush’s lips scrubs, Bliss' lip scrub comes in a pot.
The lip scrub is made with almond and walnut shell, so it’s definitely not recommended for people with nut allergies. It also contains jojoba seed; olive oils; shea and cocoa butters; and vitamins A, C and E, so it not only exfoliates but also conditions.
Although not likely to give you sticker shock, this lip scrub is priced at $18. According to the Cosmetics Cop’s Paula’s Choice site, Bliss tests their products on animals; however, the brand does not appear on either of PETA’s lists of companies that test on animals and companies that don’t.
If you want to check whether any products you use conduct animal testing, check out Paula’s Choice, the National Anti-Vivisection Society and PETA — the latter keeps two lists: companies that do test and companies that don’t test.