Being stuck inside has its pros and cons. Pre-COVID-19 my skin was doing well with my regular daily skin routine. Now, I’m experiencing breakouts, parched lips, etc.. All of this, with a paired down skin regime and a ramped-up self-care routine.
As I embrace more moments of accessible self-care — I have turned to my kitchen, and I’m using things I have on hand for DIY beauty projects.
Today let’s talk about our lips — dry, cracked, flaky lips are certainly not attractive even if you’re the only one looking at them. My lips are dryer than usual, although I’m using a lip mask religiously at nights, and applying a lip balm throughout the day (ok so maybe I could do more of this).
I’m self-diagnosing, I know — maybe it’s because I’m not applying enough lip balm or the fact that I’ve been excessively licking my lips (new nervous thing) or I’m out of my lip scrub that’s sold out.
I ventured into my kitchen after googling dry lip care way too many times than I’d like to admit. Played around with a few ingredients over the past few weeks. I ended up with a bruised lip one week from the abrasiveness of the coffee. I have gagged because the grapeseed oil got into my mouth another time. And a few other very embarrassing moments I’d rather not share right now. DIY is about trial and error, isn’t it?
Goodbye, dry, cracked, flaky, burning lips — Hello soft buttery lips. Here’s what works.
- 1 teaspoon of organic coconut oil — feel free to adjust to 1/2 teaspoon. Experts credits coconut oil for its moisturizing properties and anti-bacterial benefits.
- 1 teaspoon of honey — feel free to adjust to 1/2 teaspoon. Several beauty experts suggested honey for its antioxidant properties.
- 1 teaspoon of raw organic brown sugar. I use this, but feel free to use what’s in your kitchen.
Here’s how to make it and how to use it.
- Combine all ingredients into a paste-like formula — paste must be able to drip a bit.
- Gently massage a generous amount of scrub to lips in a circular motion (Trust me on the gentle motion – I’m speaking from experience).
- Wipe away excess with a warm face cloth and apply your favorite lip balm.
This recipe makes a nice amount of Lip scrub — I store it in a small glass jar in the refrigerator, and it lasts for a few usages.
Hello, fabulous, soft, and beautiful lips.
Continue to use a nightly lip mask if you have one. Generously slather on your lip mask just before bed and drift off to beautiful sleep. During the day, try to minimize licking your lips if it’s a habit. And apply lip balm throughout the day, even if you’re quarantined.
The lip masks I’m currently using are
- Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask—I use this nightly just before bed.
- Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask—I use this once weekly just before bed.
Heres my favorite Lip Scrubs
- Fresh Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliation — it’s seriously delicious
- Bite Beauty Agave + Weekly Vegan Lip Scrub
My current Lip Balm is
- Akar Pure Lip Restoration
Never underestimate the power of a lip scrub — it’s one of those things that many of us believe isn’t a necessity to our beauty regime, but it’s a real game-changer.
Lip scrubs only allow our lip masks and balm to do its job better — if you’re a lipstick wearer, you’ll see noticeable differences that will make your application so fabulous. Especially matte lipstick wearers like me.
Cheers to beautiful, smooth, and kissable lips — Happy Sunday Dahlings!
As always, I’m sending Love — Stay Safe.