You know when the seasons change and your lips get all crusty? Ew, I know. Me too. I always try to convince myself that chapstick is just as glam as lipstick… but the truth is, it just isn’t. A girl’s gotta have her statement lips sometimes, you know?
About a year ago I started using a DIY lip scrub/mask that saved me. I used it pretty much every day because it felt so good, and gave me softer and fuller lips. Double bonus, am I right? I’m one of those girls who has lips… but just barely, so I’m always looking for ways to plump them up, and this mask totally does the trick. Plus it’s easy on my wallet, and I’m always in for a cheap but fabulous beauty hack.
The best part about this recipe is I had all of the ingredients already in my kitchen! I didn’t have to go to the store once! If that isn’t the case for you, it’s okay, they’re easy to find, and there are tons of ways to improvise with this recipe, so do whatever works best for you.
- 1 tbsp coconut oil – room temperature
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp sugar
Mix all of the ingredients together and use your finger, a Q-tip or a lip brush to apply the mask/scrub onto your lips. The sugar is there for abrasion to remove dead skin, so it’s helpful to scrub your lips *gently* with the mixture so the sugar can do its job… and so you can enjoy the little lip massage it gives you.
The coconut oil is great for moisturizing your lips. It should be hard when its at room temperature, but after rubbing it on your lips it will softenand turn liquid-y. I usually only keep the mask on for a few minutes since it tends to drip anyway, but if you want to keep it on longer, use a smaller amount of the coconut oil.
Since I had all of the ingredients in my pantry at home, this recipe is super convenient for me. But, even if you don’t have everything, don’t worry. You don’t need to go to the store. Each ingredient is there for a specific reason, but each has substitutions! Yay for saving money!
If you don’t have coconut oil in your pantry, olive oil, vaseline or even vegetable oil will work. If you choose to go with another liquid oil, only use a 1/2 tbsp, and consider using more sugar so that the mask will still be thick enough to scrub onto your lips.
Cinnamon is an ingredient that is often found in lip plumping lip glosses and products, and is a natural inflammatory – hence it’s great at giving you fuller lips! But, if you don’t have cinnamon on hand OR you’re allergic, never fear – there are a few other things that have the same effect. If you’re into essential oils like I am (I’m pretty sure they’re full of magic) and you happen to have peppermint oil nearby, peppermint has similar properties as cinnamon, and will give you a nice tingly plump to your lips. Cayenne pepper and Ginger Powder will also do the trick, since they act as mild irritants to the lips!
If you don’t have sugar nearby, salt is a good alternative, though it won’t be as sweet, and it tends to be a little rougher and coarser than sugar. Be careful when you scrub this on your lips – they’re tender little guys.
I feel kind of powerful when I have slightly larger lips. Selfie game is strong, and the statement lip pride is stronger. I’m always tempted to take like 15 hundred selfies, because I’m pretty sure everyone wants to see my improved duck face. With great power comes great responsibility I guess.
I hope you love the lip scrub as much as I do. Go take your pillowy, full lips, and do something great with them. 😉