DIY

DIY Lip Scrub with Coconut Oil, Brown Sugar and Vitamin E

 DIY Lip Scrub

Even as the winter weather has disappeared and we are experiencing some 70 degree days here in the Northeast, my lips still get a bit dry and chapped. Thankfully, I found that it’s pretty easy to make your own lip scrub at home, to help slough off any dead or dry skin and reveal softer smoother lips underneath. Hallelujah! I used a mixture of brown sugar (to exfoliate) and coconut oil and vitamin E oil (to moisturize and provide some antioxidants and extra lip protection!)

 Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (substitute olive oil if you don’t have vitamin E oil)

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until the coconut oil softens and all ingredients are well blended. Store your scrub in a small jar and keep it in the refrigerator. Should last a few weeks.

I basically played with the proportions until I got a consistency that I liked. So, play around and see what you like best! I only had a tiny jar to fill, but if you want to make more, just increase the amounts of each ingredient. You could also include some essential oils or other vitamins.

To Use:

Take a dab of the scrub on your finger and rub it on your lips in a circular motion to exfoliate. Scrub, scrub, scrub. Then, remove any excess with a damp cloth (…or you could just lick it off…). Then, apply a moisturizing lip balm or some Vaseline to your lips to lock in moisture.¬† Then, enjoy your softer, smoother lips!

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Coconut Ginger + Oatmeal Sugar Scrub

Coconut Ginger and Oatmeal Sugar Scrub

Despite how much I love fall and cooler weather, it’s also during this time of year that my dry, itchy skin reappears. So, to combat the cooler-weather dryness while sticking to my budget (it’s the “don’t-spend-money-on-anything-unless-its-wedding-related” budget. It’s a very unrealistic budget) I set out to make a sugar scrub with ingredients I already had in my kitchen. This scrub uses both brown and white sugar, coconut oil, grated ginger and oatmeal, and is totally nourishing.

Sugar Scrub Ingredients

Let’s break it down:

  • White and Brown Sugars:¬† Natural exfoliates. Exfoliating is an important part of helping skin retain moisture. It helps remove any buildup of old, dry skin sells so that you can then moisturize the new cells underneath. Brown sugar is much gentler than white.
  • Coconut Oil: The benefits of coconut oil are almost countless. Not only can you use it as a healthy oil replacement in recipes, but also for lip balms or hair treatments, and as a massage oil. Rich in vitamin E and protein, coconut oil helps to soften and moisturize skin.
  • Oatmeal: Like coconut oil, oatmeal has a smoothing and soothing effect on the skin. It contains polysaccharides which help to protect skin from dryness.
  • Ginger: A natural antioxidant, ginger fights free radicals and can also help improve skin tone.

Put them all together and you’ve got a pretty awesome and natural skin treatment! Here’s how to mix ’em.

Ingredients in Food Processor

Ingredients:

  • 1/4c Oatmeal*
  • 1/4c White Sugar**
  • 1/4c Brown Sugar
  • 1/4c Coconut Oil (warmed to liquid consistency)
  • 1tblsp Grated ginger

*adding the oatmeal is entirely optional.

** As exfoliating goes, brown sugar is gentler than white. You can replace one for the other, if you like. Use all brown sugar, or all white, or both, up to you!

You will also need a jar to keep the sugar scrub in. I used this canning jar because I had it on hand. I doubled the recipe to make enough to fill my far.

Directions:

Add Oatmeal to food processor. Process until the oatmeal is ground down into a fine, sand-like texture. Add sugars and ginger and pulse a few times to mix. Remove the mixture from the food processor and place into your scrub jar. Put the coconut oil in the microwave (in a microwave safe container) to liquify it, about 20 seconds. Add the liquid coconut oil to your oatmeal and sugar mixture and stir to combine. Now, go take a shower and enjoy your scrub!

Coconut Sugar Scrub

Because the coconut oil tends to solidify, sometimes it’s best to warm it before use. You can either use a spoon to remove some of the mixture and warm it with your hands as you scrub, or run the jar (with lid on) under hot water for a few seconds before using it.

If you use the scrub once a week, you’ll see a big difference in how your skin looks and feels!