Sorry to break it to you, but you can slather on lip balm galore and still have dry lips.
Dry lips are caused by a lack of moisture in the body, and most traditional lip balms work to hold moisture in, but they don’t add moisture to the lips.
One of the best things to do for dry lips is to add more water to your routine. But if you’re already an H2O guzzling super hero, the second thing to try is a sugar based lip scrub.
Sugar is a humectant which means that it actually help the skin hold in water. So, what a sugar lip scrub will do is exfoliate the dead skin cells off and then pull water into the skin.
Lip scrubs are great for prepping the lips for serums & balms, and are also great for exfoliating the lip prior to lipstick application.
If your lips are overly chapped or cracked, a lip scrub may aggravate the problem. The best way to deal with that is with a night mask that is fairly occlusive.
Now that you know the purpose of a lip scrub and also what to look for in your scrub, here are the top scrubs that we’ve been loving in 2021!
Yellow Coffin Cosmetics
We had to start the article with our baby. Our lip scrub is 100% vegan, fragrance free, cruelty free and edible. The scrub is coarse but gentle and can be combined with a little water to make it even more gentle if that’s your preference. After a good scrub your lips will be soft, moist and ready for a balm or your lip stick. We use only the highest quality ingredients, organic sugar, and organic cold pressed oils like Jojoba, Grapeseed and Vitamin E. It also comes in yummy flavors like our Dole Whip inspired “Pineapple Whip” and sophisticated “Lavender Lemonade”. Our scrub has a 4.9 star review with hundreds currently loving it!
Cost: $12 for 1 Oz
Beauty By Earth Lip Scrub
Beauty By Earth is a great I always wonder why they don’t get featured more in reviews. They use all organic ingredients like jojoba and grapeseed, and their formulas are amazing. This brown sugar scrub always leaves my lips feeling soft and smooth. The Beauty By Earth Scrub has a 5 star review and most reviewers rave about it. The few negative reviews that I found include comments about the flavor and texture which are super subjective person to person.
Cost: $21.41 for 1 Oz
Sugar Lip Polish By Fresh
Fresh says that their lip polish is the ultimate step prior to makeup application, and we can’t disagree. The lip polish from Fresh is made with brown sugar and Jojoba oil. Which are both really high quality ingredients. We found that their scrub really does result in some silky smooth goodness. If you are acne prone the castor oil in this lips scrub *may* be an issue around the lip region (your lips themselves won’t get acne, so it’s only if you’re messy). Also be aware that it does have fragrance. As a wipe off product, our dermatologists weren’t really concerned about the fragrance, but it’s good to know it’s there if that’s a deal breaker for you. Our biggest caveat is that it cost $18 for 10 grams. One ounce is 28 grams making this lip scrub over $50 per ounce! Now the thing we love most about Fresh is really the brand and brand philosophy. Fresh is one of those brands all about effective indulgent skin care that strives for innovation and experiences. You can snatch a Fresh Sugar Lip Polish at nearly any Sephora or on Amazon with 4.7 Star over 1.7k+ reviews this is clearly a cult favorite!
Cost: $51 for 1 Oz
Eco Lips LipScrub
Eco Lips is an organic fair trade company focusing on lip care. They call these nifty ones, “scrub sticks”. They’re made out of brown sugar and come in a three pack where you get the flavors mint, vanilla and truffle. Eco Lips uses plant extracts like Rosemary and Calendula to soothe the skin and provide antimicrobial benefits to their scrubs. The scrubs are fairly gentle, so if you like a really gentle exfoliant that provides a lot of moisture this is a great option for you. It’s also great for people who like the lip balm tube style. There are two big cons for me about this product are the use of beeswax and the price per ounce. Beeswax is one of those products that can *sort of* be sustainably harvested, but it’s not guaranteed.
Cost: $45 for 1 Oz
Hanalei uses traditional Hawaiian ingredients. I’m a fan of any brand that integrates culture and tradition into their products in general, but when they have amazing results? Even better. This scrub features raw cane sugar, Hawaiian Kukui nut oil, and shea butter. The result? Super smooth, pump and bright lips. The Hanalei lip scrub experience is great. The scrub is thick and luxurious. Note that this is a wipe off scrub, so you definitely don’t want to put it in your mouth. One thing to note about this lip scrub is the use of petroleum. Not only does Hanalei use petroleum but it’s the second ingredient which means they use a LOT of petroleum. That explains the pleasing texture and results that you get, but it’s also a major con for a lot of people.