Soft, plump lips are a classic beauty trend. Here’s all you need to pull it off: a good lip scrub and a conditioning, plumping balm. While commercial versions may be effective, they’re often overpriced and contain some questionable ingredients that you may not want anywhere near your kisser. Good thing you can make natural, inexpensive lip scrubs and plumpers with ingredients from your pantry, like cinnamon and oils.
Things You'll Need
Mix 1 teaspoon oil with sugar or baking soda. Pick up some of the mixture with a toothbrush, then gently brush your lips to remove dead skin. Remove the scrub with a wet cotton bud.
How It Works
Cinnamon is a mild irritant to the skin, so it stimulates blood flow in the lips. That causes mild swelling, redness, and a tingly sensation, which temporarily plumps the lips and usually lasts a few hours. It’s a safe method, but it shouldn’t be overdone to prevent potential drying and scaling.
To make the lip plumper:
- Mix 1/2 teaspoon oil with enough cinnamon to create a paste.
- Apply to lips with a finger or cotton bud and massage until the lips start to tingle.
- Keep plumper on your lips for at least 10 minutes.
- Gently dab the mixture off with a clean cotton bud.
To make the lip plumper as effective as possible, use immediately and discard leftovers.
Optional: Lip Gloss Plumping Boost
If you like to wear lip gloss, apply a small amount on the back of your hand, then add one drop of cinnamon leaf oil and apply it to your lips. It’ll give your lips that full, pouty look!