Following last week’s DIY post, I thought that it is time that I do another DIY. This time I wanted to go with a beauty DIY post. Now if there is one thing that I absolutely hate then it would be when DIY’s claim that it consists of items that you have in your pantry/cupboard. Then the DIY consists of long grocery lists and that you can actually just end up buying the item. We are heading into the colder weather here in South Africa and we all know how it wreaks havoc on your skin, hair and lips. I took the liberty of creating my own little City Girl Vibe DIY Lipscrub and this is what I came up with…We are currently in the last 15 days of the holy month of Ramadan, not eating, combined with wearing a face mask at work all day, not wearing any lip products and the colder weather creeping up on me… imagine the state of my lips! just imagine! It is screaming for a little TLC, so I whipped up a small batch of lipscrub that I store in the fridge because it is made from actual products that you most probably have in your kitchen cupboard and if you’re feeling extra spicy, can eat (IF YOU WANT TO)! What you’ll need:
Brown sugar (or white), fine cinnamon and vanilla essence/extract.
That is it! The quantities of the ingredients will vary depending on your container size and how wet or coarse you like your scrub. The vanilla extract in the scrub not only acts as the moisturizing agent but it also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to soothe and calm irritated skin. The Anti-oxidants in vanilla also help to protect your skin against free radical damage and the effects of environmental stresses on the skin. The cinnamon in the lipscrub has anti-fungal, antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. Lastly, the sugar is the main component in the lipscrub as it is a natural humectant, which means that it draws moisture from the environment into the skin and also does a great job at removing dead surface skin.Just put everything into a mixing bowl and voila! A three ingredient lipscrub that you can store in your fridge and that smells super yummy! If you’re feel like it, you can totally lick it off your lips because it is all ingredients that you would consume. Storing it in the fridge makes it last longer and is also super cooling on the lips when you’re exfoliating your lips. I would suggesting doing it in small batches as you don’t want to run the risk of it going moldy. And that is it! I put it in an empty jam glass jar and made it my own lipscrub. Obviously you don’t have to follow this DIY to the T and you can always substitute the vanilla extract for almond extract. I just went with cinnamon and vanilla as it is the two fragrances that reminds me the most of winter.