Pucker Up...

One of my biggest pet peeves on earth is dry lips. I am serious about the fight against dry lips. I always carry some type of lip treatment with me, I keep one by my bed and one is in my bathroom. I told y'all I was serious. Sometimes though it seems like all the lip conditioners, balms, salves aren't enough. That's when It's time to do a scrub. I am a body scrub fanatic. It never occurred to me to do the same with my lips until my unfortunate lip gloss incident which caused my break up with my favorite lip gloss on earth, this perfect neutral nudeish color by Clinique. After 6 months it broke me out something terrible. Lips just looked and felt like braille. After trying almost everything I realized I needed more than a moisturizer I needed something to get the dead skin off. So off to Sephora I went in search of some relief.

Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Scrub was recommended to me. The product is described as:

Enriched with natural butters and oils, Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub is formulated to help keep your lips in impeccable kissing condition. Ideal for renewing dry, flaky lips this easy to use treatment exfoliates dull, dry, flaky skin for super soft, super smooth lips in seconds.

I love it! It did a great job after using it my lips were soft and smooth.

I also tried Sally Hansen's Gentle Peel for Rough Lips. The description states:

This gentle formula with fruit enzyme removes rough, dull and uneven skin. Smooth it on, and in just 3 minutes, wipe away to reveal beautiful baby soft lips. It's like a facial for your lips!

I have to disagree with them. This is just ok. My lips kinda felt soft but they also felt dry. Bizarre. I'd skip this.

Some other lip scrubs for your consideration...

Benefit Lipscription

This dynamic duo leaves lips smooth, soothed, plump, and sexy. Simply buff off the dry stuff with the AHA, jojoba-enriched scrubbing beads, then slather on a layer of the rich, hydrating silky lip balm for a fab kisser - in an instant.

Bourjois Duo Lip Scrub & Baume

What it is: A duo ended lip buffing and smoothing treatment wand. Start the morning off right with Bourjois double ended Buffing Balm: the morning prescription for pout perfection! What it is formulated to do: The mini buffer is the perfect exfoliator for smooth lips. The moisturizing balm is enriched with glycerin emollients for optimal hydration. What else you need to know: This balm also contains small, iridescent particles to give lips a gorgeous pearly veil…the perfect accent for toned and buff now luscious lips!

Cosmedicine - Full Benefits Lip Plumper, Hydrator & Exfoliator

What it is:
An all-in-one lip exfoliator, plumper, and conditioner.
What it is formulated to do:

-Sloughs away dead cells to reduce roughness
-Reduces cracking, peeling, and splitting
-Makes lips look fuller and smoother
-Diminishes lip lines
-Stops lipstick from bleeding
-Keeps lips well moisturized
-It's great for even the most sensitive skin

Clinical trials using state-of-the-art high resolution tools measured:
-100% of those tested agreed that their lips felt moisturized
-68.5% increase in protection against free radical activity induced by UV radiation
-56% reduction in dry, flaky surface skin
- Of the 217 tested, no one experienced sensitivity that can accompany lip exfoliators

Befine Lip Exfoliator

So, what does it do?

1. Fruit enzymes assist in the removal of dead skin cells
how: Avena Sativa Oat Bran Extract
why: Oats contain skin soothing colloids & help soothe irritated skin.
2. Heals and boosts collagen
how: Aloe Babadensis Leaf juice
why: Contains amino acids, proteins and enzymes.
3. Conditions and moisturizes
how: Sesame Seed Oil (Sesanum Indicum)
why: Mimics natural moisturizing factors in skin.
4. Peppermint Oil & Peppermint Leaf Extract (Mentha Peperita)
how: Sweet Almond Seed Meal (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis)
why: Colloid to soothe irritated skin.

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Buffer Gentle Formula

Our mint-infused lip exfoliator, formulated with sugar crystals, is the perfect remedy for flaky, peeling chapped lips.
  • Gentle sugar crystals exfoliate flaky lips
  • Mint-infused for fresh breath
  • Made with honest, genuine, trustworthy ingredients
  • Developed by Bigelow Chemists

Since I'm on the topic of lips I picked up
Bigelow Lip Renewal Remedy this week at the Bath and Body Works sale for 2 bucks.

No. 1140 Miracle Line-Smoothing Formula Shea Butter 2.5%, Pro-Vitamin B3 1%, Illlipe Butter 1% Our rstorative, nourishing formula repairs, softens and smoothes the lips surface, giving a firmer look and feel. With everyday use, it helps to repair the signs of damage, restoring lips and lip area to a healthier, more youtful condition. This line-smoothing remedy reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while helping lips look and feel healthier. Contains no artificial colorants, and not tested on animals. The directions say to apply liberally before makeup application. May be applied over or under lip color. I've tried it under and it does what it says. I'll keep using it and see. For $2 I can't complain.

Happy scrubbing ladies!!!


nywele said...

I need to get myself a lip buffer!!
The philosophy one sounds yummy!!

June 7, 2008 at 12:10 PM
Divine Blackness said...

Yep, I think I want to get up on that Philosophy too. I loooove C.O. Bigelow!

June 7, 2008 at 6:52 PM
yummy411 said...

great roundup! not really into lip scrubbers outside of the toothbrush, but it was nice to hear of all the options!

June 8, 2008 at 3:47 PM
SuzieC said...

@ nywele - The Philosophy scrub is the best! Plus, it smells good.

@divine blackness - I just got hip to C.O. Bigelow last year. I can't figure out what rock I was living under...

@yummy - I still use my toothbrush. It's the cheapest exfoliater around!

June 11, 2008 at 4:43 PM

Anonymous said...

Have you ever just tried sugar and vaseline? Or salt and vaseline? Its a lot cheaper than those Sephora products and works like a charm. You can even do olive oil and sugar or salt. Thats what I do and my lips are always smooth. I also condition my lips w/ MAC tinted lip conditioner before I go to bed and before I leave the house in the morning. No complaints any more, lol. Hope that helps those on a budget.

June 19, 2008 at 8:12 AM
SuzieC said...

missvizzy I've never used sugar/salt/olive oil with vasaline. I used to use brown sugar and soap on my hands and feet and they always came out baby soft. Thanks for the suggestion, I'm going to give it a try!

June 20, 2008 at 7:35 PM

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