I’ve tried store-bought lip plumpers before. Most of them burned a little and made me want to scratch my lips off. Many of them didn’t work at all though. As a self-proclaimed DIY diva, I took it upon myself to make my own homemade lip plumping gloss instead.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 2 tablespoons
- 100% Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1-2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
The process for making this plumping gloss is simple. Grab two pots. One must be big enough to fit the other inside it. Fill up the larger pot with water and turn on your stovetop to bring the water to a simmer. Once it has simmered, place the smaller pot inside. You don’t want to burn your oils and using indirect heat this way is the perfect solution.
In your small pot add the cayenne pepper, ground ginger and coconut oil. Stir until they are blended together evenly. Add your peppermint essential oil last and give it a stir for 15-20 more seconds.
Using a small, clean container, pour your concoction into it and place it in the fridge to cool down. Once cool, you can apply your plumper using a clean finger or with a q-tip.
Why This WorksStore bought product ingredient lists can look scary. Most items listed seem like they came straight out of a chemistry textbook and the worst part is, there’s no explanation for why or how they work. That’s why I think it’s important to give you the quick rundown on why I chose these active ingredients.
Cayenne pepper will help inflame your lips to give them a plump, swollen appearance. Don’t worry, it won’t give you duck lip! Ginger has similar effects, as it too irritates your lip vessels to help them grow.
Many lip plumpers dry out your lips and that’s never a good feeling. Enter Coconut Oil! Coconut oil will help maintain hydration while also providing your lips with a glossy shine.
Finally, peppermint essential oil is added to help calm the burn of your lips from the ginger and cayenne, add a great scent to the gloss and freshen your breath simultaneously!
Helpful HintsIf you want to make the most of this lip plumping recipe, start by exfoliating your lips. Yep, you heard me right; exfoliate your lips! Just like your face needs weekly exfoliation, so does your lips. Sloughing away the dead skin cells stimulates blood flow to your lip region which will only enhance them and make them more susceptible to your plumping gloss.
Before you actually go ahead and smother your pout with plumper, do a little spot test.You’ll want to make sure none of the ingredients will have an adverse reaction to your sensitive lips. Once you know you’re good to go, gloss it up!
If clear gloss isn’t for you, add in a teaspoon of your favourite mineral blush powder. The translucent coloured flecks from your powder will give a subtle glow to your gloss.
Don’t waste your money on commercial products that don’t work, or painful lip injections. Give this DIY Lip Plumping Gloss a try and let me know what you think!
About the Author:
Sabrina is a beauty blogging babe for http://TopBeautyBrands.com where she loves sharing quick and dirty DIY tricks like How To Conceal Acne Properly, give product reviews and share other helpful skincare tips to help her readers look and feel their very best!