Why And How To Exfoliate Your Lips

Your lips are some of the most sensitive surfaces on your entire body, and anyone who’s ever had a cut or crack on their lip knows how painful something so small can be. This means that they deserve special attention. See below for the best for the healthiest-looking pout all-year-round.

Benefits of Lip Exfoliation

The lips can quickly create a thick, excessively dry layer of dead skin cells when the weather turns dry or you simply don’t take good steps to hydrate your lips on a regular basis. This is because your lips don’t secrete oil like your skin does to help lock in moisture. When your lips become dry, the skin cells at the surface die off more quickly, building up in ways your facial skin cells don’t, and leading to increased dryness when not remedied quickly. This is especially prevalent in dry, hot, or windy environments.

The benefits therefore, of exfoliating your lips, is to ensure no dead skin cells have built up that could lead to more excessive drying. Besides your environment, licking your lips frequently can cause them to dry out by removing moisture-locking oils from the skin. With regular exfoliation, you constantly reveal fresh, healthy lip cells and allow moisturizers to act quickly and provide the appearance of long-lasting hydration.

Exfoliating even helps lipstick look better and can help reduce the uneven pigmentation that can occur throughout the lips over time. Regularly sloughing off layers of skin cells allows new skin cells to grow and replace pigmented ones.

How to Exfoliate Your Lips The Right Way

As we mentioned earlier, the skin of your lips is highly sensitive, so it’s important to be gentle and aware of how your lips feel through the exfoliation process. We recommend our rich and aromatic Cinnamon Vanilla Brown Sugar Polish, which isn’t so harsh that it could hurt the lips, but abrasive enough to give your lips the scrub they need to appear fresh and youthful. Epicuren exfoliants can be used up to 4 times per week as directed.

Wash and Dry

As always, before exfoliating anywhere, cleanse your skin of dirt and debris that could inhibit the exfoliant from working effectively. This also means removing lipstick and makeup around the lips. Follow up by gently patting your lips dry.

Exfoliate (Gently)

Dampen your lips slightly before using an Epicuren exfoliant. Using a pea-size amount or smaller of your scrub, make small circular motions across your lips, making two passes to ensure full coverage. Rinse with warm water.


Quickly follow your exfoliation routine with a moisture-locking lip balm to help preserve the revealed skin underneath.

Professional-Grade Exfoliants By Epicuren Discovery

Our catalog of cruelty-free, vegan, and solar-powered skincare products are here to help you have the best-looking and best-feeling skin of your life, free from dry, chapped lips any season. If you struggle with dry lips, a regular lip exfoliation routine is just the thing to help reveal fresh, even skin as long as you protect your lips with proper care. To find more solutions to your skincare goals, take our Skin Quiz to be matched with products that are perfect for your skin type and concern.

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