Let's start with what exactly exfoliation is.
The dictionary definition of exfoliate is: to wash or rub (a part of the body) with a granular substance to remove dead cells from the surface of the skin.
So why is the removal of dead skin an important part of your lip care routine?
Our lips do not have any oil glands which can cause our lips to become dry quickly, and the skin on our lips is thin compared to the rest of our body.
Consistent exfoliating will...
- Allow lip care products to sink in deeper.
- Boost circulation and cell regeneration.
- Remove flakey skin.
- Help keep your lips from becoming chapped.
- Make the application of lipstick look smoother (especially with matte lipsticks).
What is the best way to exfoliate, and how often?
I have to do a light exfoliation daily. This helps keep my lips from getting flakey and peeling. I will either use a toothbrush or a lip scrubber to rub off any loose skin. Do this after you brush your teeth. Your lips will be wet and softened making the exfoliation easier.
Once or twice a week I will use a simple sugar scrub made of cucumber oil (this does not clog pores) and pure cane sugar. This is a more intense exfoliation so you should NOT do this if your lips are severely chapped, split open, or sore.
The key is consistency!
If you are trying to get rid of chapped lips and maintain healthy ones, a good exfoliation routine has to be done consistently. Our lips are always shedding and generating new skin. Some lips just need a little bit more help in removing the old and allowing the new to shine through!
***And don't forget to apply an all natural nourishing lip mask afterwards!
Comment below and tell me what you use for exfoliating your lips! Or just say hi!!