You probably care a lot about moisturizing your face, and even dabble in the occasional at-home facial. But one spot it’s easy to overlook? Your lips. Yep, the things seriously taking the brunt of seasonal dryness and guacamole-and-chips addiction (so, so good, and so, so salty).
As fall creeps in, it’s time to stop giving your pucker a pass when it comes to next-level care. When you’re looking for one swipe, Carmex Comfort Care™ Lip Balm (featuring a blend of skin-soothing colloidal oatmeal and antioxidant-packed fruit-seed oil), has got your grab-and-go needs (smoothly) covered. But what if you want to do a little DIY magic at home?
We teamed up with Carmex to find three beauty gurus to share the two-part rituals (and homemade recipes) they use to keep their lips baby-smooth, for that ultra-plump, hydrated, “chapped, who?” kind of look.
Read on for serious skin-loving tips, straight from the beauty bloggers’ mouths.
For lips: Kiwi Surprise Lip Scrub + Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm
“Soft lips complete a no-makeup look or form the perfect base for a classic red lip,” says Ina from The Makeup Dummy. “Whenever my lips get chapped, I make a simple and quick moisturizing sugar scrub, like my Kiwi Surprise lip scrub. To prevent my lips from drying out throughout the day I always carry a natural lip balm with me.”
The beauty blogger says she only uses lip balms made with healing beeswax, like Carmex Comfort Care, and says the soothing oatmeal in the Carmex formulation is perfect for sensitive lips. As for the pre-balm scrub, she says, “Kiwi is a great natural exfoliant, and it looks pretty in the jar, too!”
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp kiwi
Mix your sugar and oil. I used grape seed oil to stay in the fruity theme. But you can use whatever oil you like, such as olive oil.
Now it’s time for the magic ingredient: Add 1 tablespoon of kiwi pulp to the scrub. You can also experiment with other great exfoliating fruits, like strawberries or pineapple juice.
For skin: Lemon juice + brown sugar
Jennifer Miller of The Little In Jen That Could says when temperatures drop, it’s time to switch things up to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant. Her fall go-to?
“I love mixing a tiny bit of lemon juice, brown sugar, and honey to create a exfoliating facial scrub. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer (during the day) or a bit of aloe (at night) to moisturize and calm irritation,” Miller says. “For an added bonus, incorporate organic jojoba oil into your regimen to keep your skin fresh and hydrated. It’s super lightweight and non comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores. Jojoba oil is one of my best-kept secrets!”
For skin: Coconut oil + sugar
Stephanie Rose from Garden Therapy calls her coconut oil-sugar scrub “heavenly” for a reason. “It smells like the Garden of Eden with a mix of essential oils such as lavender, rose, geranium, carrot seed, and ylang ylang,” she says.
1 1/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup sugar
6 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops ylang ylang essential oil
3 drops rose essential oil
2 drops geranium essential oil
2 drops carrot seed essential oil
Melt the coconut oil on the stove or microwave if it isn’t in liquid form. Regular coconut oil will do just fine. It does not need to be extra virgin—save that for recipes you plan to eat!
Stir in the sugar in a large non-reactive bowl and add in the essential oils. Transfer into two mason jars with plastic lids to store. Will stay fresh in the fridge for months but if you keep it in the shower it will start to break down after a month or two depending on how warm it is.
For more ways to show your lips some love, go to mycarmex.com