DIY Lip Scrub , 1 Comment

I know most people don’t want to hear it, but there’s no denying it any longer: fall is almost here. And with the onset of sweater season, comes another beloved autumnal tradition: the transition from simple summer lip balms to the venerated cold-weather classic… lipstick! For me, nothing compliments the crunch of crisp leaves beneath my lacquered riding boots so much as a swipe (or three) of silken scarlet lipstick. But in order to perfect your pout, preparation is key, and nothing creates a better surface for rich texture and delightfully dark pigments than a properly exfoliated pucker. Below, our easy at-home recipe for superiorly soft lips!
You’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons pure cane sugar (I prefer smaller granules)
  • 1.5 teaspoons sweet almond oil
  • The juice of half a lemon (approximately)
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil

Combine the sugar and sweet almond oil in a small glass dish, and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Next, add your essential oil (I’m partial to the simplicity of 2 drops of mint oil, but you can also use lemon, neroli, rose, or lavender). Once your essential oil has been mixed in, add the lemon juice little by little, until you have just the right consistency (it should be just moistened enough to not crumble off your finger tips, but not so wet that it all runs down your hands). At this point, it’s time to make sure you’ve removed all lip products from your mouth, and have gently rinsed your lips with warm water. Pat the mouth dry with a tissue or towel, and then gently rub the scrub in upward, circular motions on your lips. Scrub for about 30 seconds per lip, and then close your mouth and let the mixture sit for another 15 seconds. Rinse off with warm water, but don’t dry your mouth with anything! Apply your favorite balm onto your damp lips, and head straight to bed. You’ll wake up looking oh-so-kissable (and that’s even before lipstick!)

- Maria Vasylivna