5 Mistakes To Avoid When Using A Lip Scrub

Want luscious and plump lips with zero flakiness? Lip scrub is the answer to your needs! However, using a lip scrub incorrectly can cause more harm than good to your lips. Here are 5 mistakes that you must avoid at all costs when using lip scrubs.

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1. Over-Exfoliating - It is not recommended to use a lip scrub more than 3 times a week because over-exfoliating your lips can leave them raw and sensitive and can even cause bleeding. The purpose of scrubbing your lips is to get rid of the dead skin, hence you need to leave a window of a day or two for the skin to regenerate. Gently scrub your lips every alternate day to keep them soft, plump and supple.

2. Skipping the Lip Balm - Using a lip balm with an SPF becomes all the more essential when you have exfoliated your lips. It will seal the moisture from the oils in the lip scrub in place and will also protect the lips from the harsh sun rays. Apply a generous layer of lip balm right after you have scrubbed your lips to soothe and hydrate them. If you want to apply lipstick then you can blot the balm with a tissue after 10-15 minutes of application.

3. Scrubbing Irritated Lips- You must avoid using a lip scrub if you have any cuts or bruises on your lips. The scrub particles may tear the cut further and can cause bleeding or stinging. Also, if you have sunburnt lips then wait for a couple of days before using a lip scrub. Exfoliating sunburnt lips can cause redness and irritation whereas, after a few days, the scrub will be more effective at removing the layer of dead skin.

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4. Adding Lemon Juice to Lip Scrubs - While lemon juice often features in DIY skincare recipes as a bleaching agent, it does not suit all skin types and can even burn sensitive skin. Therefore, refrain from adding lemon juice to your homemade lip scrubs because the skin on your lips is extremely delicate. You can make a gentle yet effective lip scrub at home by mixing coffee grounds or sugar crystals with almond oil or can opt for the Baene Cane Sugar Lip Scrub that offers gentle exfoliation and oodles of nourishment.

5. Not Storing the Lip Scrub Properly - Homemade lip scrubs may be safe enough to eat but not beyond their shelf life. They do not contain any preservatives and usually stay good for a maximum of two weeks if stored in a refrigerator. It is therefore recommended to make homemade lip scrubs only in small batches. If you do not have the time to make a lip scrub at home so frequently then it is safer to buy a lip scrub that has a longer shelf life.


Have you been committing any of these lip scrub blunders? Don’t worry, it is never too late to rectify them! The next time your lips feel dry and flakey, make sure to follow these tips on how and when to use a lip scrub to restore them back to health.


Mrinalini Mohanty

Guest Writer


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