Derm DMs: What’s the Best Way to Use a Lip Scrub?
Lip scrubs are powerhouse exfoliators that many beauty lovers incorporate into their routine (especially during the wintertime) because they’re known to slough off dead surface skin. Often, these scrubs consist of sugar granules that help combat and slough off the outermost layer of chapped, dead skin, but if scrubbed too hard or used too often, your lips might hurt post application. To determine how to use lip scrubs properly, we consulted with Jennifer David M.D. at Schweiger Dermatology Group.
Are Lip Scrubs Good for Your Skin?
According to Dr. David, lip scrubs are great for exfoliating dry flaky skin from the lips. “They are typically a finely granulated substance that mechanically removes dead cells from skin’s surface to help refresh and condition the lips,” she says. This system will allow lip balms and lipsticks to better penetrate the top layer of skin.
What’s the Trick to Using a Lip Scrub Effectively?
When it comes to using a lip scrub effectively, it’s all about not overdoing it. Start by applying a pea-size amount of the product, such as Sara Happ Vanilla Bean Lip Scrub, and massage it with your finger over your lips for 1-2 minutes in a gentle circular motion. Next, remove it with a warm wash cloth and apply a hydrating lip serum or lip balm like the Kiehl’s Buttermask for a moisturized finish. This mask contains coconut oil and wild mango butter that helps replenish the lips’ moisture barrier with every use.
It’s important to note that less is more when applying your lip scrub. “Avoid using them too often,” Dr. David warns. “Once or twice a week is usually enough!”