Confession time: I’m a sucker for a new product – gimmicky as it may appear. Cellulite cream, whitening toothpaste, primer…you name it, I’ll probably try it, especially if I can get a free sample. Also, I wouldn’t say I’m all that big on natural or DIY products and treatments. I went on a natural toothpaste bender for a while, but its thin texture meant it splattered all over my bathroom (and me) thanks to the whirring motions of my electric toothbrush. Generally, I’ve been trying more and more “natural” and earth-friendly products of late in the interest of reducing my environmental impact and absorbing fewer synthetic compounds through my epidermis, but ultimately, I’m still sticking with what works.
Given the extreme cold and dryness (ok “extreme” is a relative term) we have been experiencing, I toyed with the idea of trying an exfoliating lip treatment. Sephora, for example, wants $22.50 for Fresh’s Brown Sugar Lip Polish:
The ingredient list reveals sugar, several types of oil, and several iterations of Vitamin E, as well as some emulsifiers and preservatives to keep the concoction together, and shelf-stable. Were money no object, I’d likely pop on over to the mall and snap this up. However, on a particularly desperate evening, I took a look at my bottle of extra virgin olive oil and thought hm – I could probably do this myself. A quarter teaspoon of white granulated sugar and a couple drops of oil later, I had significantly smoother, moisturized lips and $22.50 still in my bank account (and probably more, given that I’m really not capable of ducking into Sephora for just one item). I gently massaged the mixture over my lips for about 20 seconds, rinsed off with warm water, then sealed in my efforts with Smith’s Rosebud Salve.
I’ve read about similar recipes for an all-over body scrub using olive oil and sugar, but really, I’d rather save such large quantities of foodstuffs for, ya know, food. A couple drops of olive oil and a sprinkling of sugar once a week in the winter however seems a lot more justifiable. Shoot for a couple treatments a week if you really struggle with flaky dryness. Either way, I can assure you your lips will be as good as new. Bonus points if you use vegan sugar, if that’s what you’re into.