The pursuit of bigger, more voluptuous lips is greater than ever. With celebrities such as Kylie Jenner promoting fuller mouths, many women go to extreme lengths to achieve their perfect pout. There are an array of crazy inventions on the market promising you bigger, juicier lips. Of course the most obvious method is lip fillers for no-nonsense women who want results and want them fast. Then there are at home contraptions such as suction lip enhancers; which, in my opinion, are the most ridiculous inventions ever made.
Then there are lip plumpers; which I experimented heavily with during my teens. A gloss, gel or balm like consistency containing ingredients to irritate the skin therefore encouraging swelling. Although they are great at creating instant results, I find myself reaching for other methods of lip plumping these days. The wrath of a plumping lip product is vile. Once applied, the cooling minty sensation turns to what can only be described as acid burn. My lips feel as though I’ve had a good old snog with a sting ray and as much as I’m a glutton for punishment, I’d rather not put myself through the torture.
I learned the value of lip scrubs when I fell in love with liquid lipsticks. Removing the dead surface of your lips brings out fresh layers of skin, making your lips soft and smooth. Lip scrubs are also excellent for increasing blood flow in your lips; which encourages growth. The good news is that the market is filled with an array of excellent lip scrubs, but it’s super simple to create your own. With added fresh ingredients such as cinnamon; which can help plump and fill out your lips, you get a plumping lip scrub without the pain factor.
DIY Plumping Lip Srub
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
2 teaspoons raw honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder or cinnamon oil (if you do use oil then reduce the vitamin E oil by half)
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and decant into a small, empty container. I tend to make small batches and store them in empty lip balm jars for easy travel and to ensure that a huge amount of the mixture doesn’t go bad.
Apply to lips using your fingers and gently rub in circular motions to slough off dry skin. Rinse with warm water and follow with your favourite lip balm.
Have you tried any homemade remedies for the perfect pout? Share your recipe below!