How to Exfoliate Lips with 12 Homemade Lip Scrubs

Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells and evens out the lip tone. So, lips look fresh, smooth, and reddish. You can either use homemade lip scrubs or readymade ones. But, homemade lip scrubs are more effective and natural. I will show you some homemade scrubs and how to exfoliate dry lips with them.

how to exfoliate lips with homemade lip scrubs

Lip exfoliation is a good way to remove the impurities, flaky, dead, chapped or dry skin cells from the lips. Exfoliation minimizes the dark spots on your lips. You will get plain and soft lips after exfoliating them.

You can exfoliate your lips in a variable number of ways. Homemade scrubs exfoliate the lips naturally while exfoliation products are also effective. You can try both of them. But, today I will show you how to exfoliate lips naturally with some effective homemade lip scrubs.

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Benefits of Lip Exfoliation

Especially, if your lips are dry, chapped, dark or flaky, you should exfoliate your lips to vanish them. The benefits you will get after exfoliating are:

  • Exfoliation evens out the lip texture.
  • Lip discoloration, including darkness, blackness, dark spots or melanin pigmentation become faded by regular exfoliation.
  • Lips come out with a healthy, beautiful and natural look.
  • Exfoliation eradicates dry, scaly, dead or cracked skin cells.
  • You can enjoy a bright and even lip after exfoliation.
  • Home remedies, like olive oil, coconut oil or honey moisturizes the dry lips.

How to Exfoliate Lips Naturally with Homemade Scrubs

Natural remedies are the best to exfoliate your dry lips because they have no harmful ingredients, like chemicals, toxins, or any other artificial components. Home remedies scrub the lips in the right ways to abate the dead skin cells on the lips. Your lips become fresh, plump, and soft like baby lips. Now let’s see how to exfoliate lips with homemade scrubs:

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1. Exfoliate Lips with Olive Oil and SugarHow to Exfoliate Lips

Sugar is one of the most efficient and natural exfoliators to scrub your lips at home. Take some sugar and a few blobs of olive oil in a small bowl. Continue to mix until you get a solid paste. Massage your lips with this exfoliator with a clean washcloth or fingertips in the circular motions. Remember, massaging should be soft. Avoid doing it more than 2 minutes. Wash your lips off with hygienic water. Now, the upper skin of your lips is open, clean and more sensitive. Your lips need a touch of hydration. Put a good lip balm on your lips to make them pulpy and hydrated.

2. Exfoliate Lips with Petroleum Jelly and Tooth BrushHow to Exfoliate Lips

This method of exfoliation the lips is an effective way to remove all the unnecessary burdens from the upper layer of the lips. Take an old straight bristle soft toothbrush. Leave a dose of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on the lips. Rub your lips with the toothbrush in the circular motions not more than 2 minutes. Rinse off your lips with lukewarm water. No more dull skin cells on the lips. Just leave a bit of petroleum jelly on the lips to moisturize and hydrate your lips.

3. Exfoliate Lips with Baking Soda and Tooth BrushHow to Exfoliate Lips

You can also exfoliate your lips with baking soda (buy it from Amazon). It is an ideal home remedy to remove the impurities or dead skin cells from your lips, so lips look sharp and clean. Take some baking soda on the palm. Pour several drops of water and mix them together. Put the mixer on the toothbrush and scrub your lips with the brush for 2 minutes. A washcloth can be also used to rub the lips. Cleanse your lips off with warm water. Don’t forget to put your favorite lip balm because these scrubs do not moisturize or hydrate your lips.

4. Exfoliate Lips with Honey and SugarHow to Exfoliate Lips

I personally use this scrubbing method to eliminate the dead skin cells from my lips. Take some sugar and several drops of honey in a small bowl. Mix them together. Scrub your dry or black lips with this exfoliator in the circular motions with your fingertips for 3 minutes. Clean up your lips with fresh water. Or you can leave some pure honey on your lips over the night so that your lips can be hydrated and soft by eating the honey. Doing this exfoliation daily at night will also lighten your lips. Read also how to use honey for chapped lips.

5. Exfoliate Lips with Sugar and Coconut OilHow to Exfoliate Lips

Coconut oil is a nice natural stuff to hydrate the dry lips. It moisturizes the lips. Mix some sugar with a few doses of coconut oil in a small bowl. Pat your dark or dry lips with this scrubbing element for 3 or 4 minutes with the fingertips or an old straight bristle soft toothbrush. Clean up your lips with hygienic water. Be sure you have used a good balm on your lips to moisturize or hydrate your lips.

Read Also: The Best Essential Oils for Dry Chapped Lips

6. Exfoliate Lips with Jojoba Oil and Brown SugarHow to Exfoliate Lips

My sister, Cynthia loves to exfoliate her lips with brown sugar (buy it from Amazonin lieu of white sugar because the taste and flavor of brown sugar she likes more. Mix some vitamin E or Jojoba oil together. Scrub your dry lips with this exfoliator for some minutes, not more than 4 minutes. Cleanse your lips with clean water. Then apply your dear lip balm. It exfoliates all the dirt from your lips.

7. Exfoliate Lips with Rose Water and GlycerinHow to Exfoliate Lips

This combination of exfoliation for the lips is the secret beauty tip for the celebrities. You can take the taste of this scrubbing technique. Rose water sets on a pink tint over your lips along with soothing them. Mix rose water and glycerin together. Pat your lips with these remedies with the fingertips for 3 minutes. Wash your lips with fresh water. Leaving this mixer onto the lips throughout the night makes the lips more beautiful and plump.

Read Also: How to Lighten Lips with Rose Petals

8. Exfoliate Lips with a Washclothhow to exfoliate lips

You can use a clean wet washcloth to scrub your dry lips. First, make the lips wet and then rub them with the washcloth gently to slough off the dull skin cells. Sometimes, I personally do it during taking a shower. It works nicely for me. Especially, the dry cells of the upper lips get away soon.

9. Exfoliate Lips with Lemon Juicehow to exfoliate lips

Lemon juice is a wonderful bleacher for lips. It not only exfoliates the lips but also lightens the lip color. But, be careful, don’t exfoliate your lips with lemon juice if they are much more chapped or dry; otherwise, it may sting your lips. Cut a lemon half. Rub one piece onto your lips gently. You can spread some salt on the lemon slice. Do it for 2 minutes. Then cleanse your lips off with a washcloth and finally put some pure honey on the lips for 10 minutes. It will hydrate and nourish the lips.

10. Exfoliate Lips with Coconut Oil and Coffee Groundshow to exfoliate lips

You can easily prepare a homemade lip scrub with leftover coffee grounds (buy it from Amazonand coconut oil. The oil dissolves the impurities and moisturizes the lips. And the coffee grounds exfoliate the dry dead skin cells. Mix some coffee grounds with some coconut oil and then use a toothbrush to exfoliate the lips in a circular motion.

11. Exfoliate Lips with Baking Sodahow to exfoliate lips

Baking soda is another DIY ingredient that you can use to exfoliate your lips. Baking soda does not moisturize the lips; it just removes the dead skin cells along with brightening and cleansing the lips. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with sufficient of water to make a thick paste. Apply it on the lips. Rub the lips gently with a washcloth or a soft-bristled brush in the circular motion for one minute. Then rinse off the lips with warm water and apply a lip balm as baking soda can dry out the lips.

12. Use Oatmeal to Exfoliate Lipshow to exfoliate lips

Oatmeal exfoliates the skin nicely as it is grainy. Not only that, oatmeal can also remove the dirt, oil, and impurities of the skin. Mix 1 tablespoon of oatmeal with 3 tablespoons of milk or warm water. Apply it on lips and rub the lips softly for 1-2 minutes in the circular motion. Then rinse off the lips with warm water and apply a lip balm.

Some Extra Tips to Get Smooth Supple Lips

  • After exfoliating, be confirm to make your lips soft or moisturized.
  • Don’t lick your lips. If you tend to lick your lips, apply chapstick or balm.
  • As a moisturizer, use chapstick, petroleum jelly or balm.
  • Scrub the lips softly because a hard massaging can create sores or flaky skin on the lips.
  • Rub the lips softly 1-2 minutes.
  • Don’t scrub your lips more than two times a week.
  • Avoid exfoliating your lips if they are severely chapped or dry.

Now you can be able to exfoliate your lips perfectly. I always exfoliate my lips with the scrub of honey and sugar because it suits me much. If you think, to prepare scrubs at home is a disturbance, you can use lip exfoliation products, like Jaowying Beauty, Beauty For Real LIP REVIVAL, and Cake Batter Lip Scrubbie. These are good quality lip scrubs. Products will save your time. In choosing exfoliators, emphasis on the natural ingredients.

If you like my tips on how to exfoliate lips naturally with homemade scrubs, share your opinion and feelings. You can also share your tips by comments. It will help others to pick up the best ways.

Have a beautiful pout.


  1. Hi Paoli, great article. I just want to ask, can the exfoliator be mixed and kept to be used anytime or it must be freshly mixed each time I want to use it?

  2. My lips are dark due to smoking,but i quitted smoking 3 months before. Now tell me the procedure for pinkish lips.

    • Hi Kumar,
      Wait for more few months. You will gradually get back your natural lip look. Besides, you can rub your lips with some honey and lemon juice. Mix them and rub your lips gently two times a day. It will remove the dark stains of the smoking from your lips.


  3. I have started using sugar and coconut oil scrub but i use tongue cleaner which is behind the toothbrush instead of the bristles for scrubbing. 🙂

  4. Hi Paoli,

    I am Saydur from Bangladesh, i do smoke and for that reason my lips are dark, now if i use rose water and glycerin and keep it whole night then is it workable ? Please confirm and thanks a lot for your nice tips.


    • Hi Saydur,
      Better will be if you rub your lips with honey and lemon juice once a day. Rub the lips for one minute. Lemon juice bleaches the dark patches well.

      And you must quit smoking. If you don’t quit smoking, nothing can lighten your dark lips.


  5. Thank you! I have some honey that has been in my cupboard for quite awhile… does honey go bad? Do you think I could use this honey that I have because I’d like to start this exfoliation right away. I like your site – will definitely follow you! 🙂

  6. Hi iam using toothbrush to remove drakness on my lips … how manys days to take … lighting my lips and i stop smoking last 5 year… so help me

    • Hi Teju,
      Are your lips are dark from birth or naturally? If your lips are dark naturally, then you cannot lighten your lip color. If your lips are dark due to smoking, then you can lighten your lips.

      Better way to rub your lips with some lemon juice and honey. Rub your lips with this mixture for one minute daily once. It will help to remove the dark stain from the lips due to smoking.


  7. hello my lips are dark naturally and chappy naturally.i dnt there anyway i can lighten up my lips..please i really need to..thanks.

    • Hi,
      If your lips are dark naturally, you cannot lighten up them. But, you can treat the chappy condition of your lips. Use a lip balm every 2-3 hours. Before going to bed, dab your lips with some olive or coconut oil. It will moisturize the lips.

      You can scrub your lips with some brown sugar and honey. But, don’t exfoliate your lips more than two times a week. Honey moisturizes the lips and sugar remove the chappy condition on the lips.

      Hope, these tips will help your better lips.


    • Hi Ankur,
      You have to quit smoking to get bright lips. After quitting smoking, you will notice that your lips are getting pinkish gradually. If you do not stop smoking, then nothing can brighten up your lips.

      Besides, you can rub your lips with some lemon juice 2-3 times a week. Just rub the lips one minute with it softly and then use a lip balm to moisturize the lips. Lemon juice will eradicate the darkness from your lips.


  8. I think i permanently damagaed my lips. I need to rub my wet lips every day after brushing or after taking shower. Color also changed to dark. Nothing is working, i tried lemon, sugar, lip balm and many other things.

    • Hi Sabna,
      Don’t do this ever. Moisturize your lips properly and always keep them moisturized. Apply lip balm after washing your face in the morning. Before sleeping at night, again apply lip balm. Whenever you feel dry lips, apply lip balm.

      At night before sleeping, you can leave some vaseline thickly on the lips. And in the morning rub the lips very softly. It will remove the dead skin cells on the lips (this rubbing will not damage your lips).

      Don’t use lemon, sugar, or any acidic or finer types of ingredients.

      Do it several weeks, hope you can recover your lips.



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