I've had some people ask me over the winter what I do to keep my lips hydrated and now that's it's getting closer to what looks like to be spring, it's time to shed the dead to make room for the new....enter lip sugaring.
You can use this method whenever you feel your lips are getting a bit tough or chapped. I would not use this method if you have cracked and/or bleeding lips. If that's the case then you need to keep hydrating them with quality lip balm or a combination of shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil until they start to heal.
This recipe can also be used all over your body as an exfoliant, just produce the recipe in larger quantities using the same ratios below.
This will make about 50 grams of lip scrub, that's more than enough to last you the duration of its shelf life.
The lip scrub can last up to 3 - 6 months, possibly longer depending on if you store it in the fridge and MAKE SURE YOUR HANDS ARE CLEAN when you go to apply it. I suggest using a small tester scoop/spoon to get it out of the jar.
For lip sugaring you will need:
- 6 tsp Brown sugar (whatever you have, raw is a too coarse so you will have to crush it)
- 2 tsp Sunflower oil (my fav! It's great for all skin types and I use this in many of my herbal remedies)
- 1 tsp food grade Coconut oil
- Vanilla - a couple drops
- Small bowl
- Small spatula
- Resealable container
Combine all ingredients together, mix well
Place into jar, seal and place in fridge
Use 1-2 times per week, no more than 2 times, or as needed. Take a small amount and rub it over closed lips in gentle circular motions for 1 minute.
You can go beyond the lip to help with dry skin on your face or as mentioned above, all over your body...You will seriously love it as a body scrub!
Rinse off when complete and apply good quality lip balm or use the sunflower oil from the jar to hydrate your freshly polished lips.
You'll notice your lips will tingle and have some great color in them. They will remain soft for quite a while so you definitely won't need to do this daily.
Eventually, once you start making your own medicinal oils, you'll be able to make an even better lip sugaring recipe. Stay tuned for How To: Oil Infusions in a future post.
Ninetta (Nina) Savino