The $5 Lip Scrub You Need This Holiday Season
It has our kiss of approval.
If you're planning to get a smooch under the mistletoe or at the strike of midnight this holiday season, there are a few things every woman needs: A deserving significant other, a smudge-proof lip color, and a silky-smooth pout. Luckily, everyone's favorite lip balm brand, ChapStick, has the latter covered with their Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub.
Exfoliating your lips is kind of like flossing: You know you should do it, but it tends to be a neglected step in your regular routine. Despite dealing with chapped lips every winter, it took me forever to finally realize just how crucial a good scrub is. While it's tempting to layer on balm and hope for the best, sloughing off dead skin paves the way for a kissable pout. Once lips are flake-free, your go-to lip treatment to is able penetrate and hydrate more effectively. Plus, it creates an even base to apply a statement lip color.
While I had used lip exfoliators before, I never found one that I loved enough to buy again. So many formulas were too chunky for my liking and felt like I was rubbing Sugar In The Raw up against my lips. That's why I was so surprised when I tried ChapStick's treatment for the first time: It's so much creamier than typical scrubs. This is thanks to the sugar crystals being encased in a nourishing blend of vitamin E, coconut, and maracuja oil. Its denser consistency stays put when I rub it on with my finger, letting me really work it into my lips. Not to mention, its fresh peppermint scent triggers visions of candy canes dancing through my head every time I use it.
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Since I discovered it, I've been keeping the mini jar in my shower to exfoliate two or three times a week. My lips have never been smoother, and the best part is that it costs the equivalent of a venti sized holiday drink at Starbucks. Now that's a Christmas miracle!