How to Exfoliate Lips and DIY Lip Scrub

Find the right way for you to exfoliate lips with NIVEA! Create the best DIY lip scrub with our lip scrub recipe and find out why exfoliating your lips is so important.

Exfoliating your lips keeps them feeling and looking healthy

However, it’s important to know how to exfoliate lips properly so that you don’t cause any damage. The damage or dryness on your lips may be a result of the weather e.g. UV-radiation from the sun or coldness, incorrect care or stress. Indulging in an exfoliating treatment once or twice a week will help cleanse your lips so they are left looking healthier than ever.


  • Make sure your lips are clean of makeup before you start
  • Gently exfoliate lips using a toothbrush or flannel to get rid of dead skin
  • Use a humidifier to help keep the air around you moist
  • Wear a lip balm with an SPF factor if you’re exfoliating in the morning, or a hydrating moisture lip balm if you’re about to hop into bed.


The short answer is yes: exfoliate lips! You don't need to do anything fancy to exfoliate, there are many simple ways to create a lip scrub at home. But before we get into our DIY lip scrub recipe, let look more at how exfoliating can help you.

The Benefits of Lip Exfoliation

Lip Care does more than make your lips look good. By exfoliating your lips once or twice a week, you are better able to maintain soft, supple and healthy looking lips. Other benefits of lip scrubs are:

  1. To remove dry skin which helps to prevent chapped and dry lip
  2. To make lips soft and smooth
  3. To keep lips moist, reducing the frequency of soreness
  4. Evens out lip tone to minimise the appearance of discolouration
  5. To make your lipstick look better and stay on for longer
  6. Exfoliating your lips can prevent dehydration of the lips which may cause swelling, bleeding or dryness



There are a number of simple, natural DIY lip exfoliant recipes available for you to try. It is relatively easy to find an exfoliating ingredient in your house right now! Consider experimenting with a homemade exfoliating scrub:

Exfoliation Recipes


The easiest homemade lip scrub!

  1. Mix one teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of sugar
  2. Massage the mixture into your lips and leave for 10 minutes or so
  3. Remove with the help of a wet face washer

Sugar is an effective natural exfoliant. When mixed with honey, it becomes a great moisturising lip scrub. If you don't have honey, just make a sugar lip scrub! 

Exfoliate your lips at home


  1. Apply a thick layer of your favourite lip balm to your lips
  2. With a clean toothbrush, gently brush your lips in a circular motion

When you gently brush your lips with a toothbrush and warm water, you are able to easily remove excess skin cells with no fuss!


When exfoliating your lips, remember these important tips.

Be Gentle

Don’t exfoliate lips too hard! Use a toothbrush to gently exfoliate your lips in small circular motions. If your lips are sensitive, use a small children's toothbrush to get the same impact without hurting your skin..


Don't over Exfoliate

Limit your lip exfoliation routine to once a week, this is enough to remove the dry skin to help maintain soft and supple lips.


Protect your Lips

When going outdoors, make sure to apply a lip balm that has an SPF component to protect your lips from the harmful sun.


Always Moisturise after Exfoliating

Opt for a rich lip balm to hydrate your lips after exfoliation. NIVEA Original Care Lip Balm with Shea Butter and natural oils will help keep your lips moisturised for 24h!

Homemade Lip Scrubs all the way

Knowing what's in your lip scrub is important. So why not DIY your own exfoliation process? Scroll up to read through our fave recipes.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.