How to Make Your Homemade Lip Scrub for Your Pink Lips in 5 Minutes

Written by Aisha Zakari

Zakari Aisha Saliu is a passionate cook who loves to travel and meet new people. Her exposure to places and people is her strength in learning new recipes. She is a diverse and passionate writer on topics related to personal development, humanity, relationships, entrepreneurial skills, and life in general.

August 6, 2021

We all get chapped and cracked lips from time to time due to environmental conditions such as the weather, wind, cold, and sun. This is where exfoliating helps. In this article, you’ll be learning about the benefits of exfoliating the lips and DIY homemade lip scrub.

What Is Exfoliation?

Simply put, exfoliation is the act of removing dead and damaged cells from the surface of our skin either by using chemicals, substances, or exfoliating agents.

A lip scrub is an exfoliator. Exfoliating the lips helps in adding shine to the lips and in keeping them healthy. It further keeps the lips away from damage, dryness and gets rid of dead skin cells. In addition, most DIY homemade lip scrub comprises of an exfoliating ingredient and an emollient such as honey or oil.

Why Exfoliation?

Do you want soft, supple, luscious, and healthy-looking lips? Then the answer is in exfoliation. Exfoliating the lips is packed with so many benefits. Others are:

It keeps the lips moist.

It gets rid of dead skin cells.

Also, it gets rid of dead and dull lips surface.

It makes the lips look healthy, smooth, and pouty.

How to Exfoliate the Lips?

Exfoliation is quite an easy task anyone can do at home – even after brushing their teeth.

Make sure your lips are clean before exfoliating.

Exfoliate by scrubbing or massaging using your toothbrush or your fingers.

Do this twice a week after brushing.

Do not over-exfoliate the lips as this causes irritation and bleeding to the lips.

Always be gentle when scrubbing or massaging. Scrubbing too hard causes damage to the lips.

Wear a lip balm after exfoliating to keep the lips moist and well-hydrated.

How Do You Make Your DIY Lip Scrub at Home?

A lip exfoliator is quite easy to make because the ingredients are most likely lying in your pantry or cupboards of the kitchen.

There are different ingredients used and in this post, I’ll be sharing with you 5 different easy ways to make your own DIY homemade lip scrub. Choose from the varieties based on your choice and preferences.

Simply mix the exfoliating ingredient with an emollient and you’re good to go – get that soft-looking lips. Let’s dive into it.

1. Honey Sugar Homemade Lip Scrub

As the name implies, I’m sure you already got the idea and yes, you’re right. Sugar is very effective as an exfoliating agent as it helps in getting rid of dead, damaged skin cells and when added with honey, it helps in moisturizing the lips.





  • In a small container, mix a tablespoon of honey with a tablespoon of sugar.
  • Gently apply this scrub into your lips using your fingers or clean cotton wool by dabbing and leave for 3-5 minutes.
  • Be careful not to over scrub.
  • Wipe it off using a wet tissue or simply wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • Follow up with a lip balm to keep the lips moist.
  • Ta-da! DIY homemade lip scrub is done!

NOTE: You can use brown sugar if you like, it gives the same effect.

2. Lemon Sugar Homemade Lip Scrub

Yes, you’re right again. Sugar as we know acts as an exfoliator but when added with lemon, it helps in removing dead skin cells so new ones are revealed.


Lemon juice



  • Cut the lemon in half.
  • Using a juicer or by hand, squeeze out the juice from the lemon into a container.
  • Add sugar into the lemon juice.
  • Give this a mix.
  • Using your fingers or clean cotton wool, dab this into the scrub and apply it onto your lips.
  • Gently massage for a minute or two.
  • Wipe it off using a wet tissue or simply wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • Immediately apply a lip balm to your lips to keep them moist.

3. Vanilla Sugar Homemade Lip Scrub


Vanilla extract



  • In a container, pour in a tablespoon of vanilla extract.
  • Add sugar to this container.
  • Give this a mix.
  • Apply the scrub onto your lips and gently massage for a minute or two.
  • Wipe it off using a wet tissue or simply wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • Follow up with a moisturizing lip balm.

NOTE: You may want to add in coconut oil to moisturize the lips or quickly follow up with a lip balm after exfoliating.

4. Lip Balm Toothbrush Lip Scrub

This is quite an easy task as one can do this after brushing twice a week but be gentle when scrubbing brush to avoid damage. Remember, it’s best to exfoliate once or twice a week.


Lip balm/Petroleum jelly



  • Apply a heavy layer of lip balm to the lip. This serves as a protective base.
  • With your toothbrush, brush lips gently for a minute or two.
  • Wipe it off using a wet tissue or simply wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • Follow up with another moisturizing lip balm.

5. Oil Sugar Homemade Lip Scrub

This is another type of homemade lip scrub. Oil here serves as a protective and moisturizing base. Also, you could use coconut oil, melted shea butter, castor oil, and vitamin E oil, or a mixture of everything if available.


Oil of choice



  • In a container, pour in oil of choice.
  • Add in sugar and give this a mix.
  • Rub this on the lips gently as you massage for a minute or two.
  • Wipe it off using a wet tissue or simply wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • Follow up with a moisturizing lip balm to lock the moisture.

How Do You Store Your Homemade Lip Scrub?

DIY homemade lip scrubs are made in small quantities and in air-tight containers always. This is to avoid air getting in and contaminating the mixture. If you make a lip scrub in excess, store it in the refrigerator for a week.

Tips to Care for Your Lips

Even after exfoliating, there are other ways to continuously care for your lips to maintain that soft, supple, luscious, moist, and healthy look. These tips include;

Staying hydrated

Avoid biting your lips and

Applying a lip balm every now and then.


Your lips make an impression too – scrub once or twice a week. Avoid over-exfoliating as this leads to irritation and be careful not to brush or massage too hard (over-exfoliate) this causes chapped, cracked, and even leads to bleeding. Always exfoliate gently and make your own DIY homemade scrub at least twice a week.

Tell me in the comment section which you try and which one may be your favourite? Thank you!

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