11 Easy Ways To Exfoliate Your Lips That Will Leave Them Smooth

11 Ways To Exfoliate Your Lips Into Smoothness

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When somebody is speaking to me and his or her lips are cracked, I am a little embarrassed to admit that I cannot focus on anything else. The skin flecks tremble as they talk, hanging off like little stubborn rock climbers who refuse to accept that the mountain has beaten them. (Can you tell I think about this entirely too much?) Everybody experiences dry lips at some point, but whether they’re caused by medications, dehydration, or weather, exfoliating your lips can help considerably.

There are plenty of ways to go about shedding dead skin. Some involve tools, other take little more than a few kitchen ingredients, and a few are products you can purchase online or at the mall. No matter your preferred beauty style, these are the perfect means by which you can attain soft, smooth, and (if you’re up for it) kissable lips.

1. Olive Oil + Sugar

11 Ways To Exfoliate Your Lips Into Smoothness

For those who appreciate simple and inexpensive home remedies, mixing together a little olive oil with some granulated sugar, then scrubbing your lips with it could be the perfect DIY lip exfoliation technique. Just rinse it off when you’re done and apply a bit of unscented lip balm.

2. The Toothbrush Trick

11 Ways To Exfoliate Your Lips Into Smoothness

This is one of the easiest and perhaps best-known ways to smooth out lips: apply a thin layer of Vaseline to your lips, then use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the dead skin off. Make sure you’re using a brand new toothbrush that is designated for this purpose, however; you don’t want to scrub a bunch of toothpaste into your lip’s delicate skin (nor use it to later brush your teeth, ew). Some people like to apply petroleum jelly to their lips as lip balm, but I personally prefer regular lip balm instead.

3. LUSH Lip Scrub ($9.95)

11 Ways To Exfoliate Your Lips Into Smoothness

I bought the Mint Julips Lip Scrub a couple years ago after moving from California to the cooler temperatures Portland, where I found my lips were constantly chapped or rough. To this day, it’s one of my favorite lip products on the market. It includes Fair Trade sugar, organic jojoba oil, and more lovely ingredients, making it perfect for the conscious consumer.

4. Sugar + Honey

11 Ways To Exfoliate Your Lips Into Smoothness

If olive oil isn’t your thing, you can do all the same steps as #1, but make it sweeter (and stickier) by swapping in some honey.

5. e.l.f. Studio Lips Exfoliator ($3)

11 Ways To Exfoliate Your Lips Into Smoothness

We’re big fans of the inexpensive yet high-quality products from e.l.f. Cosmetics, so when I saw that they made a lip exfoliator, I was super excited. It’s at a fantastic price point–just $3!–and it’s got 4.5 stars out of 5 from 553 reviews on their site. It’s a bit more complex than the DIY remedies listed, as it also is “infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils,” but those are all things I love in my lip products, so I’m all sorts of down with this option.

6. Baking Soda Scrub

11 Ways To Exfoliate Your Lips Into Smoothness

Mix together a little baking soda plus some water until it’s formed a “gritty paste,” then apply to your lips with a soft toothbrush. Rinse, then apply lip balm.

Next up, a luxury lip scrub, a cult Etsy favorite, and the absolute simplest way to get that dead skin off!

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    • Sara Steinfeld

      I’m all about the toothbrush trick. Gets the job done every time!

    • Gemma Kim

      <3 Fresh Sugar Lip Polish!

    • http://ThePeppercat.com/ Candace

      OMG when I was in the 3rd grade this girl in my class would always have such dry lips, they would crack and start bleeding when she was talking. I still have nightmares about it. I hope she finds this article.

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      • Anne Marie Hawkins

        I honestly think every third grade class has that girl. Thanks to the wonders of Facebook multiplied by coming from a small and insular school system, I actually know that my That Girl turns out to have come into her own during college and is now a cooking blogger and fashionista. And given her love for outrageous lip colors, I figure she has to have done something about the lip problem.

    • Anne Marie Hawkins

      Dude the ELF exfoliator is a tiny pocket-sized miracle.