Dry lips. Lots of us have ‘em, most of us go crazy on the lip balm (no bad thing, mind) and yet, if you’re anything like me, you’ll still end up with the odd flake. Grim. Even more grim when you absent-mindedly pull at said flake with your teeth and end up with a bleeding lip. We’ve all been there.
Enter the lip scrub. I am suspicious that largely these have become a bit of a “thing” due to clever marketing, but nonetheless they are really effective. (shhh…. Don’t tell… but you can make your own very easily – see the end of this post if you are of a thriftier persuasion). You can pay whatever you like for a lip scrub, and there’s nothing wrong with a lovely luxury item now and again, but the most effective one I have found comes from lovely Lush (and therefore is also vegan friendly and cruelty free. Hooray!)
My pot is a bit battered. Soz. I love it too much.
I have the Lush Lip Scrub in Mint Julips, and it is honestly delicious. It has a strong, sweet, mint chocolate chip ice-cream scent. It is essentially a sugar-based scrub, and as such dissolves after application – unless you’re like me, and basically apply this ALL OVER YO FACE then it’s very easy to remove. It’s quite granular, for want of a better word, so it’s pretty heavy duty, but you can rest assured this will keep your lips crust free. It also leaves a brief, pleasant, pepperminty tingle - this may not be for everyone, but I love it. I tend to apply a little lip balm over the top of this (at the moment I am all about the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm) afterwards. It’s also a great pre-liquid lipstick application choice – it soothes lips before applying a drying formula, and gets rid of any unevenness that a matte lipstick of any kind may exaggerate.
10/10 Lush. Dreamy.
(Like I said, if you aren’t keen to part with a fiver, squish up a little coconut oil with some lip balm (I’ve just used a cheap Nivea one in the past) and mix this with a teaspoon of caster sugar. Boom!)
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