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Love Your Lips. Scrub Your Lips.

Rachel Tham

Your Upper Vermillion Deserves Better

For many of us, lips become a battleground during a cold winter — peeling cracks and craters galore. This easy scrub can help you shed all the crud that accrues in these cruel months.

You’ll need:

  • Rough, unprocessed sugar (help yourself to some packets at Starbucks!) or brown sugar
  • Honey – Raw, local honey can be extra good since it’s from the same climate — but it’s also pricey, the old plastic honey bear will do
  • Essential oils – optional, but lavender or other oils give a nice smell and some reduce swelling

Here’s what to do

  • Roughly mix a spoonful of sugar and a spoonful of honey.
  • Add a few drops of essential oil if you like. Rub it well and in circular motions for two minutes, preferably over a sink so you can really go wild.
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water and apply some lip balm or salve right after.

Get creative:

Play around with ingredients — any fat like coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil will do for the base, and coffee grounds can sub in for the sugar. Tag us in your concoctions ~ @brokenpencilmag on all the things!