I have a confession to make: I have the sneaky and slightly juvenile habit of chewing on and picking at my lips when I'm anxious. It's terribly unattractive and benignly self-destructive in a way that is mainly just irritating to my loved ones and me. Sometimes I'll go months without doing it, and then something will set me off and I'll be chewing on my poor lower lip for weeks, picking at it and then endlessly trying to heal it and make my poor face look presentable again. It gets exponentially worse in the winter, when the added winter dryness makes my lips all chapped and gross.
I have found, however, that if I am proactively pampering my lips that I'm less likely to gnash away at them like some feral creature. That means exfoliating them regularly so there aren't any of those delicious dry bits that are a gateway drug into picking at and chewing them. When I was in high school I would use my toothbrush to exfoliate them, which in hindsight is extremely disgusting. These days, my dignified ass either uses my favorite Lush lip treatment, or I make one at home. It's super easy and cheap and feels great!
I have a little jar of Lush's Popcorn Lip Scrub, and I'm obsessed with it. It's delicious and obviously edible, so after I use it I can just lick it all off. It smells like popcorn and tastes like popcorn candy. I know it sounds gross, but it's actually delicious. I wasn't expecting to love this flavor so much, but it was my favorite of all the ones they had at Lush!
If you want to make your own scrub, here's what you'll need:
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
A couple drops of honey
A sprinkle of cinnamon
If your coconut oil is solidified, melt it down on the stove or in a microwave-safe bowl before you add the coconut oil, sugar, honey, and cinnamon. The mixture should have a slightly crumbly consistency, like wet sand. Stick it in the container of your choice and you're done! See? So simple.
What's nice about this recipe is that you can use the 1:1 ratio of dry to wet ingredients and customize it for whatever flavors you like best. Use the brown sugar and coconut oil as a base, and then mix up whatever other scents you prefer! Ditch the cinnamon and add a squeeze of lemon for a citrus-y sensation, or add a dash of vanilla to the above recipe for a sugar cookie flavor! If you're feeling particularly festive, add a few drops of peppermint oil instead of the cinnamon for a little kick. The choices are endless. Your lips will feel smooth and baby soft. These also make great, affordable gifts either for the upcoming holidays or if you're having a little get together and need some party favors on hand.
Use your scrub once or twice a week to keep flaky lips at bay, and remember to moisturize your lips afterwards to keep them nice and hydrated. Avoid alcohol or petroleum based products that actually can contribute to drying out your lips.
Do you do any lip care maintenance? Are you a picker like me or are you an adult with self control? That must be nice.