Lip scrubs are a divisive product category. We all know that exfoliating your lips is necessary — especially in colder months, if you want your lipstick to look smooth and supple — but is it really worth it to buy an entire lip scrub product? Don't those
DIY treatments suffice? The real deciding factor is if you're willing to hand over that cash. But there's also this to consider: Not all dry lips need a scrub. In fact, using lip scrubs incorrectly can make matters worse. "There's a difference between chapped lips and flaky lips," says Sara Happ, founder of her eponymous lip-care brand. According to Happ, chapped lips indicate dehydrated skin, while flaky, cracked, or bleeding lips indicate damaged skin. "Chapped lips should be scrubbed daily, but flaky lips need to heal," she says. "Exfoliating isn't going to give [flaky lips] the love and rest they need." Dennis Gross, MD, a NYC-based dermatologist and founder of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, agrees. "Because the skin is thin on the lips, it is a fine line one might walk when exfoliating," he says. "Over-exfoliating lips will throw them off balance and, in turn, make them more dry. This can make them prone to cracking." So what's the final verdict? If your lips are cracked and flaky, stick to soothing balms and treatments; if they're chapped, feel free to buff, but don't go overboard. Check out our favorite scrubs and treatments ahead. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Beauty Bakerie Sugar Lip Scrub
Treat your lips to a little bit of dessert any time a day by swirling this sweet-tasting scrub in circular motions before applying your favorite lip balm this winter. Though it may look sweet, it's packed with highly effective ingredients like
to ensure the most supple lips imaginable.
Sugar Lip Scrub, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More Bybi Lip Buffe
Packaged in a biodegradable tube made of sugarcane, this 100% natural and vegan lip scrub uses a cocktail of sugar and strawberry extract to slough away dead and dry skin, and sweet almond oil to help restore moisture.
Lip Buffer, $, available at
Chillhouse More e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Exfoliator
This gritty scrub comes in a lipstick-style tube filled with raw sugar granules, vitamin E, shea butter, and avocado oil to hydrate and exfoliate. Buff it on straight from the bullet, then wipe off the excess sugar and oils with a tissue before following up with your favorite lip balm.
Lip Exfoliator, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More Milani Keep It Sweet Sugar Lip Scrub
This is another lip scrub with a price tag that won't make you squirm. Easily found at the drugstore and packed with enough product to last you a year, this one balances just the right amount of grit to scrape off dead skin and plenty of nourishing ingredients like coconut and jojoba oils.
Milani KEEP IT SWEET Sugar Lip Scrub, $, available at
Milani More Burt's Bees Lip Treatment Lip Scrub
With exfoliating honey crystals, Burt's Bees' 100% natural lip scrub formula buffs away rough skin
gets rid of long-lasting liquid lipsticks. The brand recommends using two to three times a week, when needed.
Natural Conditioning Lip Scrub, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub
Dior's scrubbing bullet not only feels soft and indulgent on lips, but it also has special melting sugar crystals so you don't have to deal with any mess. The luxury matches the price, though.
Addict Lip Sugar Scrub, $, available at
Sephora More Sara Happ The Lip Scrub
While we wouldn't recommend you regularly ingest Happ's heavenly lip scrubs, we can't blame you for sneaking a lick every now and then. They're insanely delicious and come in flavors that'll satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Lip Scrub in Pink Grapefruit, $, available at
Amazon More Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub
This crayon-style tube is a balm and scrub in one. Once you're done buffing your lips with the sugar-infused tip, blot off the excess sugar and leave the hydrating balm on to soothe and hydrate.
Lip Facial Lip Scrub, $, available at
Sephora More Lush Mint Julips
Scour the rabbit hole that is Lush product reviews on YouTube and you'll find this minty scrub pop up more than once. Bonus: The food-grade product is
good enough to eat.
Mint Julips, $, available at
Lush More Frank Body Cherry Bomb Lip Scrub
Inside this tub you'll find a cherry-scented blend of coffee, raw sugar, and beeswax to keep lips healthy and plump.
Cherry Bomb Lip Scrub, $, available at
Frank Body More Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub
This scrub smells like a sugar cookie, and keeps lips soft long after it's wiped off.
Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub , $, available at
Target More ChapStick Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub
The holiday season may not be upon us just yet, but this peppermint-flavored drugstore pick — with vitamin E and coconut oil — is a refreshing take on the limited-edition lattes we love.
Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
Now, onto lip treatments. This vanilla-scented leave-on mask has soothed our wind-whipped lips for three consecutive winters thanks to its antioxidant-, jojoba oil-, and agave-infused formula. Fair warning, though: It's thick and sticky, so save it for when you're binge-watching TV in bed at night.
Agave Lip Mask, $, available at
Sephora More Sara Happ The Sweet Clay Lip Mask
This lip mask is made with bentonite clay, but it won't dry out the skin like a traditional clay mask might — in fact, it does the opposite. Smooth on a layer of the bubblegum pink paste to your mouth and let it sit for up to 20 minutes. Then wipe it off to reveal smoother, more hydrated lips.
The Sweet Clay Lip Mask, $, available at
Amazon More Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Like a balm with superpowers, this thick mask is packed with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, so you'll wake up with the softest, smoothest, plumpest lips ever.
Lip Sleeping Mask, $, available at
Sephora More Kiehl's Buttermask Intense Repair Lip Treatment
With coconut and mango oil, this buttery lip treatment works to repair the moisture barrier overnight.
Buttermask Intense Repair Lip Treatment, $, available at
Sephora More Nooni Applebutter Lip Mask
This lip mask is meant to be worn overnight. Smooth it on before getting into bed and you'll wake up to softer lips with fewer lines and no flakes.
Applebutter Lip Mask, $, available at
Memebox More Biossance Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm
Consider this balm the ultimate skin-care treatment for your lips, with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and Wakame algae to nourish and hydrate dry, lackluster skin. Pro tip: Feel free to swipe onto your lids or cheeks for a hit of non-sticky shine.
Squalane+ Rose Vegan Lip Balm, $, available at
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