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Exfoliating Lip Scrubs

Why would you exfoliate your mouth? No matter the season, you can beat dry, flaky lips with a gentle scrub. Massage one of these formulas into your pout in a circular motion, rinse, and apply balm. They’ll be super soft, well-hydrated, and a ready canvas for even the driest matte lipstick.

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  • Fresh
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    A makeup artist and editor favorite, Fresh’s Sugar Lip Polish ($23) gently exfoliates with sugar crystals and hydrates with grape and jojoba seed oils, shea butter, and vitamin E. (Follow with the brand’s Lip Treatment!)

  • Sara Happ
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    Sara Happ has numerous scrubs that all smooth lips to perfection--blood orange, lavender, green apple--but their classic Brown Sugar Lip Exfoliator ($24) is our favorite for its rich scent and fine granules.

  • E.l.f.
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    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
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    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!

  • Julep
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    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
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    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.

  • Victoria's Secret
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    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.

  • Bliss
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    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
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    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.

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    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.

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