Winter is the season of dryness. Dry skin, dry hands, dry lips from dry heat and cold, cold, cold weather. Unless you’re in Florida, where cold is a cool 60.
Which actually is kind of cold when you’re used to 80.
There are lots of ways to combat the dryness. Frequent moisturizing with oil based moisturizers, hydration and exfoliating. Regular exfoliation is the key to great skin and lips. I’m moderately addicted to chapstick so I’m always looking for ways to keep my lips feeling soft and hydrated. Lip exfoliators are my go-to during the Winter months because they remove the outer layers of dead skin, revealing the soft, smooth skin beneath. With regular exfoliation, you can actually improve the overall texture of your lips – less cracking, flaking and chapping.
This lip scrub is a combinations of fresh lemon juice, sugar and vanilla. It’s simple recipe that will polish away dry skin on lips and leave them feeling soft and refreshed. I recommend mixing up a batch, spooning it into small containers and gifting them to your Valentine’s.
I like to add fresh lemon juice to my scrub because it’s packed full of Vitamin C; so it not only helps remove dead skin but it also nourishes your skin at the same time. Sugar is a natural moisturizer that contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). AHA is added to lots of skin care products to remove dead skin and to moisturize.
- 3 tablespoons organic sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine ingredients in a small jar
- Mix well
- Use up to 3 times per week
You can leave a jar in your shower or on your vanity. I like to scoop a small amount out and use my fingers to gently massage my lips. As an added bonus, it’s safe to eat.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what’s your favorite way to “pamper” yourself?