After a long, cold winter, I always have dry skin that needs to be taken care of before I ever put a sundress back on. It takes a good amount of lotion and weeks of using scrubs to get my skin back to a healthy condition again. Of course, we do things in the winter to help—run humidifiers in the house, use lotion, shower only when needed—but dry, cracked skin still happens.
One area that often gets forgotten is our lips. Our lips have taken just as much abuse during the winter (if not more) than any other part of our bodies. They become chapped and raw and start peeling, so need some love and care, too.
I like to use this Lemon Poppy Seed Lip Scrub to help my lips heal. The smell is invigorating, and the gentle scrub will help refresh your skin for spring. It’s easy to make and just uses a few items that you already have in your pantry. A word of caution: Because of the lemon juice, avoid using this scrub on broken skin.
- 2 T. coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 tsp. honey
- 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup sugar (any type, as long as it’s finely ground)
- 1/2 tsp. poppy seeds
In a small bowl, mix together the melted coconut oil and honey. Juice a lemon, and add the amount of lemon juice to the mixture.
Add in the sugar and the poppy seeds. Mix well so all the sugar is coated with the liquids.
Place the scrub in an air-tight container, and store in a cool area until ready to use. If you don’t plan on using it for a while, consider keeping it in the fridge.
Use Your Scrub
To use the lip scrub, gently rub a small amount on your lips in a circular motion. You can also use this scrub anywhere on your body that needs to exfoliated, such as your hands. If you want to try other sugar scrub recipes, head over to LittleHomeLiving.com, where I have recipes for a super-easy Gardener’s Hand Scrub and homey, comforting Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Body Scrub.
Scrubs are simple to make and they are a perfect way to gently exfoliate your skin to prepare it for another season or just to keep it healthy. I love them because they take only minutes to make and cost very little compared to their store-bought counterparts. Win win!
Get more DIY body care recipes from HobbyFarms.com:
- Mint Chocolate Lip Balm
- Coconut Honey Balm
- Cayenne Salve for Pain Relief
- Old-Fashioned Pine Tar Salve
- Homemade Natural Deodorant