Updated: Apr 28, 2020
What is a good lip scrub and why do we use lip scrubs?
Many people know what a lip balm is and the uses of one, but do you know what a lip scrub is used for? The typical exfoliant is used to remove dead skin cells, this is quite common on chapped lips or those prone to dry lips. Lip balm can't be used quite as efficiently as it could be if those dead skin cells are still on the lips. That is where lip scrub comes in!
What's the purpose?
Gently exfoliate your lips before putting on lip balm or makeup. Though I personally would suggest lip balm before lipstick. Using an exfoliate three times a week can help provide a natural, beautiful glow to your lips and a plump effect! If you are not prone to dry, chopped lips then I would only use it once a week. You don't want to be too rough on that sensitive skin.
What to look for
When looking for a lip scrub you don't want something too rough, because you can damage the mucosa of the lips. Or even cause hyper pigmentation. If you are scrubbing too rough or with an exfoliant and a toothbrush I suggest you stop now. For your lips you need something soft, especially softer than a toothbrush.
Just like any product, there are always those few baseline ingredients that tend to remain the same just so they can be the product they are. Most lip balms have either petroleum jelly or a wax of some sort, as well as oils to enrich the lips. Lip scrubs are the same way, when shopping for a lip scrub you want to see that there are a wide range of oils that will heal those lips, especially because as you're scrubbing away dead skin, you have new baby skin underneath and it needs nourishment.
Look for ingredients such as jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil and olive oil. your lip scrub does not have to have all of these but it should have some kind of oil in it. I would go for a product that has at least two different oils, because each oil is different and carries a different amount of nutrients. Jojoba oil is one of my favorites as well as maracuja oil.
Vitamins and Nourishment
A very common ingredient put into many skin care and lip care products is vitamin E. This one is almost necessary and if it's not in your lip scrub then I don't know what that company is doing. Vitamin E is a necessity for the skin. The antioxidants and fatty acids in the vitamin help nourish and hydrate worn out and dry skin. The lips are very sensitive and vitamin E takes care of the job. Though it is nice to have some other vitamins in a lip scrub as well, especially if you are going for something high-end. Look for lip scrubs that have vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A is known for its properties of anti-aging as it reduces fine lines and takes care of wrinkles. Vitamin C we all know brings a healthy glow and a life back to worn out lips.
This is an important one, what is the ingredient that you are scrubbing into your lips? It can be sand, sugar, walnut shells, thank god micro-plastic is banned. We want something all natural as it's getting rubbed into your lips, the last thing you want to introduce to your brand new skin is something that can cause an allergic reaction. The walnut shells sound very natural and amazing, but read the back of the ingredients for those of you who have a nut allergy. Sugar is an all-time favorite, not only does it beautifully melt afterwards, it's very natural and not too rough on the skin. Sugar also has nutrients that will get absorbed into the lips as you're scrubbing. I think hands down this is one of my favorite.
Keep those lips luscious girl!
When you're looking for a sugar scrub avoid those with chemicals and ingredients that should not be anywhere near new skin. Don't scrub too rough and I would only recommend using a lip exfoliant up to three times a week, and that's if you have very dry skin. New skin is very sensitive, so it's best to use this product at night before bed, so it's not exposed to food throughout the day, any lipsticks that have chemicals, or a blistering sun. Be safe and stay natural!