How To Make Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub For Super Soft Lips

A step-wise tutorial to make the best and yummiest DIY lip care solution ever

Reviewed by Gabrielle RichensGabrielle Richens, Skin Therapist
By Kushneet KukrejaKushneet Kukreja  • 

There is nothing better than homemade sugar lip scrub for getting soft, smooth, and luscious lips. Lip scrubs get rid of dead and dry skin cells. They restore the softness and smoothness of the lips and improve their color and appearance. But, why would you buy a lip scrub from the store when you can make one at home? Lip scrubs made at home do not contain harmful chemicals. Their natural ingredients hydrate, moisturize, and heal your lips. So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down and check out how to create a luxurious lip scrub that provides amazing beauty benefits.

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Sugar is considered a mild abrasive suitable for exfoliation. Other such ingredients include salt, crushed almond shells, and apricot kernels (1).

Simple Homemade Sugar Scrub For Lips:

Things Required:

  • Raw Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that helps to exfoliate rough, dead cells from the skin surface. It is easily available and the least harmful substance that can be used as an ingredient to prepare this lip scrub. So that would be our main ingredient. We shall use both white and brown sugar because they both offer different benefits.
  • Now since we are talking about the lips, the scrub has to be nourishing, conditioning, and softening, right? That is the reason I have added honey and almond oil to the ingredients list since they are the most likeable nourishing and moisturizing substances. Honey is a humectant that helps draw in moisture and hydrate and plump the lips.
  • I have also included cinnamon in this list because this will bring a nice flavor to our lip scrub recipe. Is that all for cinnamon? Well, no. I have heard that cinnamon acts as a natural lip plumper too. Sounds amazing? Now go climb your kitchen shelves to catch hold of the corners where your mother must have hidden the cinnamon container.

Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub:

Let us follow the following easy steps to get the best homemade sugar scrub for lips:

Step 1:

Firstly, take a nice bowl to which our ingredients will be added. Add 1 teaspoon of white sugar to it.

Note: We are taking ingredients for the scrub mixture to serve 3 uses only. If you want the same for a lesser or more number of times, you can adjust the quantity accordingly.

Step 2:

Now add half a spoon of brown sugar. No it doesn’t mean that I am partial between the two sugars; it’s because we need more of the granular component in the scrub which is provided by white sugar.

Step 3:

Add half to one teaspoon of pure honey according to your comfort and liking.

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Honey is widely used in skincare and cosmetics as an emollient and humectant. It helps keep the skin moisturized and nourished against dryness (2).

Step 4:

The mixture appears all the more attractive as we keep adding the ingredients.

Step 5:

Add a little almond oil to the mixture. You would find me using almond oil in most of my DIYs since it is my favorite. It does not give that sticky, oily feeling. It does a lot more favor to our skin than we can think of.

Tip: You can add coconut oil if you don’t have almond oil in hand.

Step 6:

Just a dash of cinnamon is required here in this mixture. It changes the aroma of the mixture, and who does not want plumped lips? Though it may not work for everybody, if that had been the case – actresses would have bought 2 kgs of cinnamon in their weekly grocery shopping instead of going for lip surgery. Even if it works for some of us or to a minute extent, we still have nothing to lose, right?

Tip: You can also add vanilla essence in this recipe to provide a delightful fragrance to the lip scrub. Another option is peppermint essential oil that provides a refreshing and invigorating scent.

Step 7:

Now, mix them well. You’ll get a paste-like consistency at the end.

Step 8:

This is how the final lip scrub looks. Doesn’t it resemble chyawanprash? That does not mean you have to eat it! Scrub your lips with this mixture and rub over them with light strokes of your finger. Scoop a tiny amount of the mixture 2-3 times while scrubbing, and rub it along the corners of your mouth. Finally, wash off with lukewarm water. Apply Vaseline or a lip balm after this if required. I found the lip scrub to be very nourishing and did not require my lip balm for another 2 hours.

Lip scrubs can help exfoliate the lips and eliminate dry or dead skin cells that buildup over the lips. In addition, you can use lip scrubs to restore the suppleness of your lips and lighten them so that their color and appearance are improved. The biggest advantage of lip scrubs made at home is that they are free of harmful chemicals and contain natural, organic, and readily available ingredients. The natural ingredients in lip scrubs can help to hydrate, moisturize, and revive your lips. You can make homemade sugar lip scrub by combining brown sugar, white sugar, olive oil, and cinnamon powder in the correct proportions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it OK to exfoliate lips every day?

No. Exfoliation aids in the removal of the dry, dead skin that covers the delicate lips. Doing it regularly can help in the moisturization of dry lips. However, it is essential not to over-exfoliate as it can irritate your lips. Exfoliate your lips no more than twice a week.

How long do you leave on a lip scrub?

Apply a small amount of lip scrub to your lips with one finger. Scrub your lips for two to three minutes in a circular motion. If your lips appear and feel better, rinse off the scrub with water to remove any residue.

How long do DIY lip scrubs last?

DIY sugar scrubs can last for 3 to 6 months, and you can store them in a well-sealed container or jar.

Do lip scrubs make your lips bigger?

Yes. Exfoliating with lip scrubs will help plump up your lips and give them a fuller appearance.

Key Takeaways

  • A homemade sugar scrub helps improve the color and smoothness of your lips.
  • The presence of glycolic and hydroxy acids in raw sugar helps exfoliate dead skin.
  • You can also add honey, almond oil, and cinnamon to hydrate your lips.
  • Apply Vaseline or lip balm after rinsing off your lip scrub to keep your lips soft and smooth.


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