Lip Scrubs 101

exfoliate lip scrubs 101 As a kid, I remember skipping down to the local shops, spending all your pocket money on Magic Dust candy or anything with huge, obvious chunks of sugar, and before eating them, I’d spread it all over my lips, pretending it were lipstick.

(Please tell me I wasn’t the only one?!)

Well, those days of spreading sugar all over my lips may actually make some sense today – lip scrubs are a must-have if you tend to have very dry, flaky lips (or love to wear very dark lip colors), or when the weather is very dry and cold.

best lip scrubs

Here are some great ones:

  • Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish. Probably my favorite of them all. Made with real brown sugar, it also has added moisturizing ingredients sure a jojoba oil, grapeseed oil and shea butter to keep your lips not only silky smooth but soft and moisturized.
  • LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub. A cult favorite, this lip scrub from LUSH includes fizzy candy sugar (yesss!) and coconut and jojoba oil for intense moisture.
  • Sara Happ The Lip Scrub. This indie brand is making waves among Hollywood and this is one of her most loved products.
  • bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub. Oh, good old Bliss. I love their stuff, but grab ’em quick because I heard a rumor this brand was closing down… not 100% sure, but if it is I’ll miss it! They make great products, and this cutie is no exception.

Lip scrub tips

  • When scrubbing your lips, work in a slow, circular motion. Do not be rough or apply too much pressure, the skin on your lips is very thin and sensitive so be gentle. Use your ring finger which has the gentlest touch.
  • It’s a good idea to give your lips a good scrub once a week, or in winter, every few days.
  • Exfoliate your lips before applying deeper lipstick colors such as reds and plums, as darker lip colors will emphasize any dryness on your lips.
  • For a complete “lip facial”, exfoliate your lips with your scrub, remove the scrub with a warm soft towel, then slab on a thick layer of lip balm before bed. In the morning your lips will look plump, full and incredibly smooth and soft.

P.S. The best lip balm I ever tried is this one, from The French Pharmacy.

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  1. May I ask how you heard about Bliss going out of business? I googled it & it just showed about restaurants/stores with the name.

    1. Hey Mahya! Oh, I meant in Singapore. (Let me double check that though, it might’ve just been the spa.) I just Googled too, seems like they are still going strong elsewhere – check out their site at

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