Today it finally feels like fall (sort of), and I honestly couldn’t be happier. Fall means s’mores and cocoa by the fireside, that sweet, smokey smell of chimneys burning, hot apple cider to sip on while leaves change their color, not to mention the cozy clothes and chunky knits. And we can’t forget the pumpkin spice latte, am I right?
The cooler weather doesn’t just mean better beverages and snuggly sweaters though; the refreshing chill in the air brings with it the joys of chapped lips. If you’re anything like me, the chapping factor is maybe a teensy, tiny bit exacerbated by constant sipping on all the yummy, hot drinks.
I figured that while everyone is feeling a little uplifted with the change in weather (or from a higher caffeine intake stemming from an aforementioned Starbucks beverage), why not share some simple lip DIY’s that will ensure your lips stay smooth as silk while you enjoy all things pumpkin and cinnamon-y.
DIY Lip Scrub
Exfoliation followed by moisture is the easiest way to your smoothest ever lips this fall and winter season. Scrubs for the lips are made up of two essential parts: something to scrub and something to nourish.
Sugar makes the best exfoliating agent; what kind of sugar you use is up to you. I personally like brown sugar. As for a nourishing agent, oils are frequently on hand. Castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil, Vaseline/petroleum oil, and the like are all good choices. You can also use honey or even some spare flavored lip balm for tastier scrub. How much of anything you use will be up to if you want to make it fresh or store it for multiple uses. You can control the graininess by adjusting how much liquid you use in relation to the scrubbing agent. Add more liquid to make it less harsh.
Once you have your scrub base whipped up, you can customize it to your liking with essential oils like peppermint. You can also add in things like coffee grounds, cocoa powder, matcha, etc to add more flavor and smell to your “lip scrub experience.”
Some of my personal favorites:
-brown sugar and honey
-mocha (white sugar, petroleum/castor oil/non-flavored oil, and a mixture of coffee grounds and cocoa powder)
-coffee scrub (brown sugar, coffee grounds, coconut oil-great for body too!)
-brightening lemon (sugar and coconut oil, finely grated lemon zest)
Frankly, there aren’t too many limits when making scrubs. All of these can be used on the body as well. Once you’ve finished exfoliating, finish off with a moisturizing lip balm (or body lotion) of choice, making sure to really massage it in. Your lips and skin should feel baby soft and glowy, ready to take on the world, winter dullness be damned!
Need more? Elizabeth from Everything and Nothin’ did a post a little while back on preventing chapped lips that not only features another great scrub recipe, but also tips on preventing and getting rid of chapped lips as well. If you struggle with this, you should definitely check it out! Its very helpful and informative 😊
Now, go on and enjoy some quality time with the falling leaves, a pumpkin spice latte in hand.
What are you looking forward to this season?🍁🍂🎃