(Source: Thinkstock, Sephora, Tarte, Fresh; Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)
A tell-tale sign that winter has arrived is without a doubt the appearance of chapped lips. With every trip out the door, our poor lips face the harsh, dehydrating winter wind. Alas there are ways to combat such tragedies. You can slather on balms, salves and glosses, always stay hydrated, never lick your lips—and certainly never bite or pull the chapped skin!
But if you do find yourself falling victim to chapped lips, one of our favorite beauty remedies is a lip-specific scrub. If you're especially ambitious, you can whip up your own
, or you can treat yourself to a little scrub-a-dub from any number of pre-made options. Check out our five picks—for every taste preference.
For the vanilla vixen: Tarte
Maracuja Lip Exfoliant, $16, at tarte.com(Source: tarte)
When we applied this light scrub, we couldn't help but feel instantly relieved by the maracuja oil, which acted like a mini spa treatment for our pout. Although this scrub isn't technically a vanilla mixture, the sweet concoctions reminded us of a vanilla dream.
For the cherry cutie: Bite Beauty
Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub, $18, at sephora.com(Source: Sephora)
This super smooth scrub was absolutely good enough to eat. With very small and smooth exfoliants, this cherry-flavored natural mixture had a decadent mousse texture we went crazy over.
For the brown sugar sweetie: Fresh
Sugar Lip Polish, $23, at nordstrom.com(Source: Fresh)
When you think of a scrub, you most likely think of big chunks of exfoliants you can see and feel. That's exactly what you get with this brown sugar–scented polish from Fresh. When applied, this mixture goes on thick and rich but is soon buffed away to reveal non-greasy, smooth skin.
For the sweets siren: Bliss
Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub, $18, at blissworld.com(Source: Bliss)
From the second we put this scrub on, we didn't want to take it off. With sweet sugar, almond and walnut shell exfoliators, this yummy scrub reminded us of cupcakes—don't question this—and left our pout pristine.
For the mint maven: Laura Geller
Lip Strip Smoothing Sugar Scrub, $16, at ulta.com(Source: Laura Geller)
This was definitely the strongest of the scrubs we tested. We detected a cool mint effervescence that really soothed our pitiful pucker. Post-scrub, lips were left with a glossy finish—perfect for an on-the-go touch up.
Would you give lip scrubs a go?