True or false: Lip exfoliants are a necessary step in your skin care routine. If you answered true, you'd be correct. After all, you exfoliate your face for softer, smoother skin — why leave your lips out of the equation? A great lip scrub can help prevent chapped lips and help prep your lips for a better, longer-lasting lipstick application. Here, the top-rated lip scrubs and lip exfoliants for your smoothest lips ever.
This nourishing lip exfoliant scrubs away dead skin with a blend of granulated sugar and almond and walnut shells. Lips get an extra dose of moisture thanks to jojoba seed and olive oils.
Bliss Fabulips Sugar Scrub, $18 at Ulta
Ulta reviewer Makeup Lover 85: "Finally found a gentle product to help with my dry, chapped, peeling lips. Makes my lipstick last longer."
Ulta reviewer Bex: "I had been looking for a good lip exfoliant for a while. One that would really work away at chapped lips (and prevent them) without a lot of effort or over drying. This product definitely hits that mark. It is a bit more abrasive than some of the products that I have used but I enjoy that because the product does the work for me. Using a light touch and exfoliating my lips every other night for a month now, I have noticed a dramatic difference in my lips."
This minty exfoliant zaps flaky skin. The balm-like formula is easy to apply and contains raw sugar, maracuja oil and vitamin C.
Tarte Maracuja Lip Scrub Exfoliant, $16 at Sephora
Sephora reviewer dalmatinka19: "This changed my lips! I've been using it for over a week now and I am obsessed. My lips were really cracked due to the cold weather and all the lip stains and matte lipsticks I use. No regrets!"
Sephora reviewer eeeeh: "Leaves my lips soft and ready for lipstick application. No crusty lips! A little goes a long way and the ingredients are pretty clean."
This scrub comes in a convenient, portable tube, making it extra easy to use. In addition to polishing lips, it leaves them feeling cool and refreshed.
Laura Geller Lip Strip Smoothing Sugar Scrub, $16 at Ulta
Ulta reviewer P-Beauty: "I seriously love this product. This little scrub I just put on like a lip gloss, use my finger to rub all over top and bottom lips, and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. It feels amazing, looks amazing, lasts amazing. Definitely recommend this product to everyone."
Ulta reviewer Bri: "This lip scrub is not irritating. It is moisturizing and smells good. I apply it to my dry lips then I use a wet wash cloth and massage it off. It gets the dead skin cells off without damaging my lips!"
This cult-classic scrub contains real brown sugar, which is a natural humectant (aka it helps your lips retain moisture) as well as an exfoliant. Other standout ingredients include meadowfoam seed, jojoba seed and grapeseed oils.
Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, $24 at Sephora
Sephora reviewer labbecs: "I freaking love this stuff! I use it before I apply lipstick, or if my lips just have some dry skin. It's a great exfoliator and you only need a tiny bit, so it lasts forever. Smells nice too!"
Sephora reviewer DaniAdkins: "When I first saw this, I thought, 'Darn, $22 for a lip treatment?' But I splurged and purchased along with the fresh sugar lip treatment. I suffer from dry, flaking and peeling lips and they get so sore in the winter. Plus, I love wearing matte lipstick, so I wanted my lips to look nice. This does the trick! It exfoliates the dead skin right off. It isn't harsh at all and doesn't feel like it's ripping my lips off. It really conditions my lips and I swear they look more plump! I immediately apply the fresh lip treatment and my lips look and feel great. I use a q-tip to get just a small amount out of the container so I don't contaminate the package with my finger. A little goes a long way and this will last me a long time. I will definitely purchase again."
Cracked lips don't stand a chance against this scrub, infused with jojoba and grapeseed oils.
Sara Happ The Lip Scrub, $24 at Nordstrom
Nordstrom reviewer TragicallyHip: "This lip scrub is so perfect. It exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time."
Nordstrom reviewer SouthernCaliforniaGirl: "I never knew I needed a lip exfoliator until Sara Happ's Lip Scrub came along. After trying this for the first time, I realized how smooth and supple your lips could really be! Not only does it smell and taste delicious, but it is gentle and the effects are immediate. For amplified results, use the Lip Slip immediately after exfoliating with the Lip Scrub. It's heaven for your lips. Plus, it comes in a beautiful package that is perfect for gifting!"
This all-natural lip exfoliator tastes as great as it smells. The soft mousse is easy to apply and non-messy. Plus, it contains anti-aging ingredients like resveratrol and vitamin C.
Bite Beauty Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub, $18 at Sephora
Sephora reviewer sgibb: "First off it smells heavenly and not in an overpowering offensive way. Second, this has a dual purpose. The scrub is very fine and doesn't tear up your lips so it's perfect for pre-application. On the other hand you can also use it as a moisturizer and lip balm and it works like a charm. It also looks small but you get your bang for your buck. I wear lip product at least three days a week and I'm not even halfway in and I've had it for four months. This product is stellar and a lifesaver."
Sephora reviewer Dottie Pilates: "This tastes great (not that you should eat it...) and works wonders on dry winter lips! It doesn't leave your mouth greasy but does condition your lips, especially with regular use. It's kind of expensive, but I'll keep buying it because it works!"