How to Exfoliate Lips

Exfoliating your lips keeps them feeling and looking healthy. But, it’s important to know how to exfoliate lips properly so that you don’t cause any damage.

How do you exfoliate lips properly?

There are a number of simple, natural DIY lip exfoliant recipes available for you to try.

Consider experimenting with one of these two practical lip scrubs:


  1. 1. Honey-sugar lip scrub

    • Mix one teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of sugar
    • Massage the mixture into your lips and leave for 10 minutes or so
    • 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.



  1. 2. Lip balm and toothbrush lip scrub

    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

Three tips for exfoliating your lips

When exfoliating your lips, remember these important tips:

  • Be gentle

    Don’t exfoliate lips too hard.

  • Don’t over exfoliate

    Limit your lip exfoliation routine to once a week.

  • Always moisturise after exfoliating

    Apply a rich lip balm to help keep your lips plump and healthy.

Apply a rich lip balm to help keep your lips plump and healthy.

Provide additional care for your lips with NIVEA’s Essential Care Lip Balm with shea butter and Hydra IQ for deep moisturisation and long lasting everyday protection.

Why should you exfoliate lips?

Dry or rough lips not only ruin a polished look, they can cause you significant pain and discomfort.


Whether you have been in extreme wind, lots of direct sunlight, or you are just run down, your lips can easily become dehydrated.

Damaged lips can present many symptoms, such as:

  • Excessive dryness
  • Swelling
  • Burning
  • Bleeding

Avoid pain and discomfort by consistently exfoliating and moisturising your lips.