Lip Care Recipes

   These simple recipes are so easy, some only use one ingredient! But what makes them really special is how well they work on your skin, healing and nourishing it without the side-effects that accompany some personal care products.

   Stop spending $30 on a jar of toxic, "age-defying" goop and give yourself the spa treatment you deserve, from your pantry!

Aloe_vera Spiral
Aloe_vera Spiral

Fresh Aloe Vera

   Often over-looked until we've spent too much time in the sun, Aloe vera is an ancient medicinal plant. For our lips, aloe heals chapped skin and inflammation in addition to its classic use for soothing a sunburn.

   If you don't have your own Aloe vera plant to harvest, read the ingredient label and choose an Aloe gel that has the fewest preservatives. Potassium sorbate is a relatively benign one, compared to others.


Aloe Vera Lip Recipe

¼ tsp fresh Aloe vera gel

Wash your lips with cool water and moisturize them.
Then apply a very thin layer of Aloe and allow it to dry.

Avoid licking your lips as this will remove the Aloe and dry out your lips. It's best to apply this at night.

Milk Poured on Woman
Milk Poured on Woman

Cold Cream, Simplified

   According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, natural vitamin A, found in real milk and other foods, is an effective alternative to the synthetic topical treatments for acne. The natural form has many of the same properties but without the side-effects which can include peeling, redness, and photo-sensitivity.

   The lactic acid in milk can also help remove dark circles and puffiness from under the eyes. Milk can be used to exfoliate and moisturize all skin types.

                                    Try this summer soother for smooth, soft lips:
                           Dip an ice cube into fresh cream and rub this on your lips.
                                            Repeat for 10 minutes, then rinse.


Mechanical Exfoliation

   Exfoliating your lips helps remove dead skin cells and stimulate blood flow. But it's important to be gentle; our sensitive lips are easily irritated.

   The softest touch comes from a warm and wet washcloth, rubbed in light circles across the surface of your lips.

    For a little extra buffing power, try a soft-bristled toothbrush, damp or dry, and use the same circular motions.

Exfoliating Lip Scrubs

Sugar is a popular ingredient in skin scrubs because as it melts with your body heat, it breaks down into an alpha hydroxy acid called glycolic acid which increases collagen production and skin thickness.

Many cosmetic products contain synthetic versions of alpha hydroxy acids and cost a pretty penny. But we know nature provides solutions for great lip health without hurting your wallet.

Sugar Lips
Sugar Lips

Simple Sugar Scrub

1 tsp granulated sugar

½ tsp honey *

Mix ingredients well.

Get a small amount on your fingertip and apply to lips using tiny, gentle circles until the sugar starts dissolving. Leave the mixture on your lips for 5 – 10 minutes (while bathing is perfect). Rinse lips with lukewarm water.

*Vegan version- substitute honey with organic vegetable glycerin 

Note: You can use this scrub to exfoliate your face and body, too.

Extra Moisturizing Scrub

1/2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp granulated sugar
Mix ingredients well. Apply a small amount to lips using tiny, gentler circles until the sugar starts dissolving. Leave mixture on your lips for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Note: You can use this scrub to exfoliate your face and body, too.

Fancy Sugar Scrub for Spa Treatment at Home

½ tsp olive oil

½ tsp jojoba oil

2 tsp granulated sugar

2-4 drops Vitamin E (optional)

2 drops essential oil, preferably lavender or another lip-safe oil (optional)

Mix olive and jojoba oils together. Add Vitamin E and essential oil; stir well.

Pour mixed oils on top of sugar and stir until blended.

Get a small amount on your fingertip and apply to lips using tiny, gentle circles until the sugar starts dissolving. Leave the mixture on your lips for 5 – 10 minutes or longer (while bathing is perfect). Rinse lips with lukewarm water.

Butter Melting
Butter Melting

Ghee, aka Clarified Butter

   Though it is a healthy oil for cooking, ghee also nourishes the skin, internally and externally. It is a common element of Ayurvedic healing. There are even unique grades of ghee for different ailments, some aged over 100 years!

   Ghee contains antioxidant vitamin E and beta-carotene which prevent cell damage and fight free radicals.

   Applying ghee to your lips provides deep moisturizing and heals flaking. You can apply ghee throughout the day, but it is especially effective when applied before bed.

Note: Ghee may change the color of dark lips to pink or red.


Healing with Honey

   A nourishing moisturizer for the skin, honey has another helpful use; it does not allow bacteria to grow. Even when diluted, honey will tend to let only beneficial bacteria grow, while continuing to kill off dangerous strains. How cool is that?

 Honey Lip Balm Recipe
Use honey by applying a thin layer to your lips.
   Gently warming or adding a little water will thin the honey and make it easier to apply. Leave this on and don't lick your lips, as tempting as it will be! Apply at night if you can't resist.


Honey and Rose Water Recipe

2 drops rose water
3 drops honey

Mix and dip a cotton ball in it. Apply to clean lips.
Leave on overnight or rinse with cool water.

* In summer, substitute cotton for fresh rose petals (untreated with pesticides.)

* Grind fresh rose petals in a pestle with honey until it makes a paste.

* Use fresh rose water you made yourself!
* Dip rose petals in cold milk. Rub on your lips for a few minutes.

Note: Rose may lighten dark lip colors.

Lips Love Shea
For simple lip care, apply a thin layer of Shea butter to your lips daily.
If that sounds too easy, try making a lip balm with Shea butter.

Shea Butter Lip Balm

1 tsp beeswax *

3 tsp Shea butter

4 tsp oil (olive, sweet almond, or jojoba)

1 Vitamin E capsule

In a double-boiler, melt the beeswax, Shea butter and oil over low heat.

When melted, stir in the Vitamin E and pour the balm into a jar or tin. Allow to cool before using.

* Vegan version- use 1 tsp extra Shea butter and 1 tsp less oil instead of beeswax. Balm will be softer set but lovely for lips all the same.

Note: Resist adding “natural” flavoring oils to lip balms, as the synthetic chemicals in them will irritate your lips and the flavor encourages lip-licking, which dries out the skin.

Tea Cup and Bag
Tea Cup and Bag

Black Tea
   High in tannins and antioxidants, black tea helps lips retain moisture and appear smooth. Black tea also soothes irritated and sunburned skin.
   Antibacterial and astringent, black tea is a good facial toner, especially for acne. Leaving warm teabags on the eyes for 10-20 minutes can reduce the appearance of dark circles.

                                    Black Tea Lip Recipe

                 Brew yourself a cup of black tea and leave the bag out to cool.
          When warm to the touch, hold the teabag to clean lips for 3-5 minutes.

                                                    Do not rinse.