After a week in the California sun recently, my lips took a beating!
I covered every inch of my skin (or so I thought) but somehow forgot to properly protect my lips. Ouch.
Unfortunately, the sun can be unexpectedly harsh on our lips. The skin on our lips is SENSITIVE! Too much sun exposure can cause sunburn, dryness, wrinkles and premature aging.
This is just in time if you spent too much unprotected time in the sun this past holiday weekend. You can make your own 5-minute lip exfoliator right from ingredients in your kitchen and skip the harsh chemicals because you will only need 2 ingredients: honey and sugar.
Honey is nutrient-rich, especially when it’s raw and not heavily processed and heated to high temperatures like most store brands. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can also support tissue growth and healing [source]. The sugar provides a naturally rough exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells. If you’re using white sugar, I also happen to think that it’s better to put it on your face than in your belly!
To make this easy 5-minute lip exfoliator, mix 1 tablespoon of honey (preferably raw honey if you have it) with enough sugar to make a stiff paste.
Don’t worry about it being too thick; the mixture will loosen as the honey warms from the heat of your skin.
Apply all over your lips and, if you like, slightly beyond (I always have fun and make a mess of it!) Rub gently. Leave it on for a few minutes. Then wipe off with a damp, warm face cloth.
Your lips will be luscious, kissable and like new!
Lastly, let’s talk prevention for a second. To keep this from happening next time you’re in the sun, applying a lip balm with at least minimal SPF is a good way to help prevent sun damage. You should apply it regularly and make sure to drink enough water. And of course, wearing a brimmed hat can also help shield our lips and the rest of our faces!
Hope you are enjoying a terrific Canada Day.
Do you have any favourite beauty care recipes that you make from ingredients in your kitchen?
Life is a plate… eat up!