Exfoliating Lip Scrubs
You might mistake the packaging of E.l.f.’s Studio Lip Exfoliator ($3) for lipstick--until the grainy stick hits your lips. Rough sugar granules remove flaky skin, while avocado and vitamin E hydrate.
Lush masters the sweet and salty culinary trend in their Popcorn Lip Scrub ($10). Rough sugar, fine sea salt, jojoba, and coconut oils exfoliate and hydrate. Tempted to lick your lips? It’s okay--this one is safe to eat!
Don’t let the vanity-worthy jar on Julep’s Sugar Smooch Lip Scrub ($14) steal the show--the best part is inside! Sweet molasses and brown sugar remove dead skin while vitamin E and shea butter condition lips.
Bite Beauty’s natural Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub ($18) is free of chemicals and preservatives; instead it’s packed with fruit acids, exfoliating beads, and resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine.
VS Makeup’s Pro Smooth FX Lip Scrub and Balm ($16) is a creamy scrub and moisturizing balm stacked together, making the exfoliation/hydration game easy.
The creamiest formula on our list, Bliss’ Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub ($18) deeply hydrates with olive oil and cocoa butter, while fine sugar and almond flakes brush away rough texture.
Philosophy’s travel-friendly Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub ($16) looks like lip gloss, but it’s actually a fine scrub with sunflower seed and olive fruit oil to turn dull lips smooth.
You can whip up your own lip scrub with ingredients already in your kitchen! You’ll need an oil (like coconut or olive), a sugar (brown or white), and a dollop of honey (to create a thick texture). Slowly mix half-teaspoon amounts of each ingredient in a bowl until you get a thick, grainy texture--or follow this tutorial for a sweet scrub inspired by Sara Happ’s Lip Scrub.