Beauty: Lip scrubs

  • Photo by Will Shilling
By Columbus Alive
From the March 15, 2012 edition

If you’re ready to undo the havoc a dry winter has wreaked on your skin — specifically, your lips — here’s your answer.

Lip scrubs have been developed specifically for your pout, and they usually taste good, considering you’ll likely ingest at least a little. They’re typically made with natural ingredients, and all are formulated to exfoliate skin without being too rough. An occasional scrub session helps the skin hold moisture and keeps lips from chapping, in addition to making them lip-smackingly smooth.

After trying a few boutique brands, we got the ingenious idea to mix our own, following basic recipes found online. Here’s how they measured up, ranging from most smoothing to most moisturizing:

Lush lip scrub ($9)

Macy’s Lush counter inside The Mall at Tuttle Crossing; lushusa.com

Lush’s three varieties of sugar scrubs (Bubble Gum, Mint Julips and Sweet Lips) smell good, taste even better and leave you with a nice tingly feeling. Plus, they’re vegan. But because the formula was dry, the application was messy, and the big granules were a bit painful. Still, my lips did feel soft for quite a while.

At-home sugar scrub

Mix two parts olive oil to one part brown sugar with a drop or two of an essential oil of your choice

Pleasant-smelling and seriously good at giving lips a nice scrub. The olive-oil base lingers for a while, even after wiping your lips off.

At-home honey scrub

Mix equal parts honey and baking soda with a few drops of olive oil

It wasn’t as sticky as I expected, but it also was more gentle than scrub-worthy. A light layer of moisture stuck around for a while after.

Bite Beauty Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub ($18)

Sephora at Polaris Fashion Place; Sephora.com

This scrub is a bit light on the exfoliating power (it uses tiny shreds of rice bran), but heavy on moisture. Plus, it boasts resveratrol to help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. I didn’t use it long enough to notice that, but it does go on like a lotion for the lips, and although the instructions say to remove it once it’s had a chance to soak in, I’m not sure you’d have to.