Just like the rest of your face, your lips can benefit from exfoliation every once in a while. In order to achieve super-soft lips, it's essential to get all the dead skin off the surface, this will not only make them smoother but will also allow lip colors to appear richer and more vibrant.
Lips pile up the same number of dead skin cells that the rest of our face does. For the best moisturization and to promote a better absorption of other products, exfoliation is key. Here, we rounded up our favorite lip scrubs to make it easier. There are pharamceutical options starting at $4, some luxurious options with a higher price tag, and plenty in-between. Some of them you can even lick off once they're done doing their magic.
Lip scrubs are a divisive product category. We all know that exfoliating your lips is necessary, especially in the colder months if you want your lipstick to look smooth and supple. But is it really worth it to buy an entire lip scrub product? Aren't those DIY treatments enough? There's also this to consider: Not all dry lips need a scrub. In fact, using lip scrubs incorrectly can make matters worse.
According to dermatologists, chapped lips indicate dehydrated skin, while flaky, cracked, or bleeding lips indicate damaged skin. Chapped lips should be scrubbed daily, but flaky lips need to heal. Exfoliating isn't going to give flaky lips the love and rest they need.
Like a body scrub, a lip scrub is a semi-liquid or other soft-solid base containing particles that slough off dry, flaky pieces and leave smooth skin behind. Lip scrubs are a kind of mechanical exfoliation, meaning it physically removes dead skin cells (vs. chemically). Properly exfoliated lips better absorb moisturizing agents and protectants such as lip balm. Most lip scrubs also come in a lipstick-like format, which can be applied directly from the tube. Use either version to prep lips pre-lipstick in order to achieve a more even color application.
Lip scrubs traditionally use a creamy or oily base. These bases include emollients, which, according to the National Institutes of Health, are substances that help soften, soothe, and moisturize the skin³. Common emollients include: shea butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, coconut butter, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, and pure vitamin E oil. Many lip scrubs also contain humectants, ingredients which promote moisture retention⁴ by attracting water to skin’s surface. Common humectants include aloe, glycerin, and honey. (Notably, raw honey has natural, properties.) Finally, exfoliants are the tiny solid fragments that actually buff away dead skin; these are mixed into the base ingredients.Gentle exfoliants include fine-granule white or brown cane sugar, coffee grounds, and coarse oats.
We have gathered a list of the best lip scrubs on the market approved by experts. Read online reviews for more information and to check feedback regarding these products.