You've Been Using Lip Scrubs Wrong This Entire Time

Lip scrubs are said to be a total lip savior. Claiming to give you softer than soft lips, they are one of the easiest ways to exfoliate your lips and in general are super affordable. But are you using them correctly? Most people just pop them on their lips and start buffing using their index finger. But as it turns out, you've been using lips scrubs wrong this entire time. Here's how to apply lip scrub correctly, according to Vogue.

If you want to get the most out of your lip scrub, you need to use a toothbrush. Vogue recommends applying the lip scrub to lips or the toothbrush and then gently brushing your lips in a circular motion using a firm hand. If you don't have a scrub, a toothbrush is also a good way to exfoliate lips — just ensure you have wet your lips with water before brushing.

Leave lip scrub on your lips for up to one minute to get the full benefits

The next thing you've been doing wrong with lip scrubs is rinsing your lips off too quickly. It's best to let your lips absorb the product before washing it off. Vogue recommends leaving it on lips for up to one minute before using a damp wash towel to remove it rather than just straight water.

In terms of how often you should be using a lip scrub, Vogue advises that you should never do it more than twice a week as it may cause irritation or damage. If you do experience these side effects, stop using the lip scrub immediately. 

Lip scrubs with salicylic acid are more likely to cause irritation so be wary when you're making the initial purchase. When in doubt, make your own natural lip scrub at home using either baking soda with water or brown sugar with coconut oil.