How To Use A Lip Scrub + Best Lip Scrubs

Get ready to pamper your lips like never before! Learn exactly how to use a lip scrub to exfoliate and rejuvenate your lips, plus explore our top recommendations for achieving irresistibly soft and smooth lips.

Let’s face it, dry, flaky lips are unsightly and not the canvas we want to work with when applying lip gloss or lipstick. But before we start scrubbing away that layer of dead skin, it’s important to learn how to use a lip scrub and what lip scrubs to use, so we don’t damage the delicate skin, that is our lips.

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French Girl Lip Scrub

Best Lip Scrub

French Girl Rose Lip Polish is my favorite lip scrub. It removed the dead, flaky skin on my lips and left my lips feeling soft and hydrated. This lip scrub didn’t dry out my lips so I didn’t have to add a lip balm or mask after using it. Plus, it was easy to remove the sugar granules and there was no sticky residue as is the case with some lip scrubs.

A lip scrub is a physical or mechanical form of exfoliating dead skin cells from the lips.

Benefits of Using A Lip Scrub

There are many benefits to using a lip scrub. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Lip scrubs by removing dead skin can even out lip color.
  • Lip scrubs can help lipstick or other lip products have staying power.
  • Lip scrubs remove dead, dry skin, revealing smooth, soft lips.
  • Lip scrubs improve blood circulation and promote cellular turnover, creating a supple pout.
  • Lip scrubs can help lips retain moisture more effectively by preventing your lips from getting dry and cracked in the first place.

Lip Scrub Ingredients

As with all beauty products, especially one that is going on my lips, there are some ingredients I will avoid in a product.

Ingredients To Avoid

  • Menthol and Phenol – they can provide an initial cooling effect but end up irritating and drying out lips.
  • Alcohol – can further dry out lips.
  • Parabens – artificial preservatives and endocrine disruptors that can lead to dry, cracked lips.
  • Petrolatum – can be contaminated during the refinery process and prevents your lips from being able to breathe.
  • Salicylic acid – beta hydroxy acid acts as a chemical exfoliant.
  • Synthetic fragrances – a blanket term that can hide a multitude of harmful chemicals such as phthalates, which are known hormone disruptors.
  • Artificial colors/dyes – many times the dyes are sourced from heavy metals or coal-tar.
best lip scrubs
There is no reason to use a lip scrub with toxic ingredients when they are so many options that have nourishing ingredients!

Ingredients You Want In A Lip Scrub

You will find both exfoliants and emollients in your lip scrubs. You want these made of non toxic, nourishing ingredients!


  • Organic Sugar – naturally exfoliates while also polishing the lips. Granulated or brown sugar or can be gentler on the lips than raw sugar.
  • Ground Coffee – naturally exfoliates and with its grittier granules can be a little more abrasive but effective at removing dead, flaky skin.


  • Coconut Oil – a fatty acid that’s rich in antioxidants, and it’s antibacterial and antifungal.
  • Olive Oil – hydrates and nourishes the lips and can help keep acne causing bacteria away.
  • Jojoba Oil – rich in vitamin E and very moisturizing.
  • Avocado Oil – rich in essential fatty acids and can help prevent loss of moisture.
  • Shea Butter – rich in vitamin A and E and provides both moisture and protection along with aiding in skin cell production.
  • Mango Butter – rich in fatty acids that hydrate and nourish skin and can soothe irritation.
  • Cocoa Butter – its high fat content and essential fatty acids protect the skin and its moisture barrier and contribute to soft and smooth lips.
  • Honey – adds moisture and can protect against infections and can act as a mild exfoliator.
  • Beeswax – with moisturizing and healing properties that don’t clog pores.

How To Use A Lip Scrub

  1. Clean: Remove any lip products with water and a cotton pad to ensure a clean canvas then lightly pat dry.
  2. Exfoliate: Gently massage a pea size amount of lip scrub in a circular motion on damp lips.
  3. Remove: Take lip scrub off with a warm washcloth or cotton pad.
  4. Moisturize: Follow up with a hydrating lip balm or lip mask to promote a protective barrier. My favorite lip treatment is Alpyn Beauty’s Willow & Sweet Agave Plumping Lip Mask (use code GURLGONEGREEN15 to save 15%). It leaves my lips buttery soft and it can be used as an overnight lip mask or whenever you need an extra dose of hydration.

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Lip Scrub FAQ’s

1. How often should a lip scrub be used?

It is recommended that lip scrubs be used once or twice a week to avoid unnecessary irritation or drying of the lips.

2. Do you use lip scrub on wet or dry lips?

Use lip scrub on damp, soft lips for best results.

3. How long do I leave a lip scrub on?

A lip scrub can be removed immediately after massaging it into the lips or you can leave it on for 30 seconds or so and then rub it in. It is dependent on the state of your lips, if they need some extra moisture, then perhaps letting the scrub sit for a bit before scrubbing might produce better results.

4. Can I leave lip scrub on overnight?

If you want to use a lip scrub overnight, just remove the exfoliating granules first, and for extra moisture, add a lip mask.

What’s your favorite lip scrub? Share below!

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Cheers, Suzi


Suzi is a wife, and mama who is passionate about sharing her natural lifestyle with those around her. She created Gurl Gone Green to show how our everyday decisions, from what we use on our face, home and the food we eat affect us more than we know. She loves holding space where people can weed through the marketing clutter to find truth, and ultimately make the best decision for their families.


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