Even though it's most common to experience chapped lips in the fall and winter, they can make an appearance in any season or climate. They're definitely physically uncomfortable (no one wants to feel that tight sensation when they talk or smile), but they also have—shall we say—visual consequences. At the very worst, they can result in peeling and flaking. At the very best, they can result in thin, dull lips that have noticeable lines running across them. That's not what I want my lips to look like; I'm all about a healthy, rosy, and plump pout.
While lip balm is my first and most critical line of defense, there's another, often-overlooked product that can help revive my dry lips. I'm talking about lip scrubs. These contain grainy particles that slough off dead skin cells and allow subsequent lip treatments to penetrate deeper and work more efficiently. They also temporarily boost circulation, lending a plumper look to the lips. (That's an underrated yet highly beneficial effect.) Ahead, see the 14 best lip scrubs to use for soft, smooth, and lipstick-ready lips.
What to Look For in a Lip Scrub
We recommend choosing a lip scrub based on your goals and concerns. For example, if you have thin lips and you'd like more of a pout, look for lip scrubs that contain plumping ingredients. If your lips are extremely dry and flaky, look for lip scrubs that also contain safe-for-skin acids and enzymes for double-duty exfoliation. Finally, if your lips are lacking serious moisture, look for a lip scrub that contains moisturizing oils.
Dr. BRANDT Microdermabrasion Lip Exfoliator
The physical exfoliator in this lip scrub is a combination of bio-cellulose granules and sugar crystals. Meanwhile, sunflower seed oil strengthens and supports the lip's natural barrier.
Promising review: "This is one of the best, if not the best lip scrub I have ever put on my lips. My lips were so dry and chapped that they would occasionally bleed. Even though I tried lip balms and lip masks, the dry skin lingered and the chapped, overly dry feeling remained. But after one use of this scrub, my lips were completely smooth and hydrated. After several uses, I noticed that the dead skin was gone." — Sephora customer