We all know how awful it can be to have flaky, dry, or chapped lips — especially when applying matte lipstick! Yeah, not cute. I can remember learning to rub sugar and into my lips as young as 12-years-old to help tame this problem. Eventually I moved up to an actual lip scrub recipe (which I will share with you in this post), and more recently upgraded to a diy lip peel (congratulations, I’ll be sharing that today too!).
Upgrading from a Lip Scrub to a Lip Peel
Scrubs are popular for lips, face, and body. Why? Because it seems logical that scrubbing and sanding the dead skin off will reveal the smooth, new stuff underneath. But as you may remember from this pretty extensive post I wrote on exfoliating your skin like a pro, this form of manual or abrasive exfoliation isn’t always the best long term. Scrubbing can be irritating and doesn’t always exfoliate evenly. It can even lead to a rough texture that lets moisture out and bacteria in (especially when talking about the sensitive areas of the face). Yeah, thanks but no thanks.
When I was in Esthetic school, I learned about AHA’s and acid peels that could help to evenly dissolve some of that flaky lip skin away, not just sand it off. And the even better news for us DIY’ers is that AHA’s can be found naturally in many foods. Remember this chart that I previously shared?
Since pairing my skincare knowledge with a natural living approach and research, I have found that using unrefined and organic Cane Sugar in my recipe brought glycolic acid to the table, and by incorporating fresh lemon, lime, or grapefruit juice in I could benefit from citric acid too. I also took out the oil, which concentrated the acids and lowered the overall pH of my “scrub” enough to turn it into a gentle acid peel. By leaving this peel to sit a bit longer than a scrub on my lips, they get a more even and healthy exfoliation for the same amount of work on my part. Score!
Will a Peel Hurt or Cause Skin or Lips to Peel?
I’ll admit that the word “peel” can sound pretty awful, but I am happy to report that this recipe will not leave you with any such terrible side effects! Though there are some chemical peels you can have done on your skin that will leave you with some stinging, redness, or downtime, glycolic peels tend to be much easier on the skin (especially when we are talking about making a gentle acid peel at home directly from the food source).
- No pain
- No peeling
- Just smooth, delicious lips
Sweet Citrus Lip Peel
- 1/4 tsp Organic Raw Honey
- 1/4 tsp Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar (do not substitute for other salts or refined sugars if you are wanting this to work as an acid peel)
- 1/4 tsp Fresh-squeezed juice from Lemon, Grapefruit, or Lime
- Mix together all ingredients and allow them to sit for 1-2 minutes before using. This will start to dissolve some of the sugar, making it less abrasive on the lips.
- Using your finger, gently massage the mixture onto the lips (and even the areas of skin around the lips that wrinkle when you pucker). Yes, this does gently “scrub,” or loosen some of the dead skin as you apply, but don’t overdo it here. Remember that the acids are going to be doing their thing too.
- Leave for 10-15 minutes, rub lips together a few times, and then gently remove with a warm, wet cloth. Alternatively, just lick it off. That’s what I always do!
- Follow this up with chapstick, coconut oil, or some kind of lip moisturizer.
Prefer to Stick with a Lip Scrub?
- 1/4 tsp Raw Honey
- 1/4 tsp Organic Evaporated Cane Juice
- 1/4 tsp Organic Coconut Oil (or Organic Olive Oil)
Apply immediately, scrubbing into the lips for a minute or two. Wash off with a warm cloth and follow up with lip moisturizer.
Have any of the mixture left over?
Add it to a parfait using homemade stovetop yogurt! Yum!!
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