Now that the seasons are changing, I always notice that my lips take a hit in the dry and flaky department. In the winter, the dry air sucks up all of the moisture on the top layer of your skin and the summer heat tends to do the same. For a fresh start, it's nice to exfoliate your lips in a very simple way with things you probably already have around your house.
First, gather your ingredients:
* petroleum jelly
* small spoon
Right off the bat, I just wanted to note that my spoon is a baby spoon, so it is a smaller amount than it looks in pictures. You don't need to use a lot of vaseline for this since it is just a 1-use application.
The first step is to scoop a small amount of vaseline. This is about half the size of my thumbnail.
Next, add an equal amout of white granulated sugar to the spoon and mix the two together into a grainy paste with clean fingers.
Here are my lips before. They are a bit flaky and dry. You can easily see the difference with the color on the inner part versus the outer part of the lip.
Take your the scrub and apply it to your top and bottom lips, gently rubbing it in a circular motion. You can use a tissue to wipe the scrub off when you are done.
Next, it is very important to moisturize right afterward to protect the newly exposed, smooth lips. I used Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with pomegranate oil. You can use any lip balm but try to stay away from chapsticks with cooling ingredients like menthol (aka carmex, softlips, etc) because they can dry your lips out in the long run, creating a dependency on the product. Another easy thing to use is the petroleum jelly (minus the sugar!) that you already brought out. The goal is to heal your dry lips, and regular use of a good lip balm or vaseline will help that out.
Here are my lips, post scrub. They are healthy, soft, moisturized, and one color! Nice lips can really soften up the face. Use this once or twice a month with good moisturization in between and you should be good to go for any harsh weather.
And remember, for this and other face and skincare tutorials, GUYS CAN DO THIS TOO. It's so easy to do and the ingredients are already around the house. There's nothing better than kissing a guy with soft lips. Girls, you know you'll grab your boyfriends and have them exfoliate their lips! And they won't mind because it tastes good too. ;)