The Toothbrush Trick: Because No Guy Is Ever Going To Invest In Lip Exfoliant


As cliché as it may sound, there are certain secrets that women pass down from generation to generation or learn at slumber parties during games of telephone (yes, guys, that really happens), and though I risk a betrayal of my gender, I'm going to let you fellas in on one now. The reason? Winter means dry, flaky lips, and those aren't sexy on anyone. Wait, you thought your girlfriend was naturally blessed with a pillowy-soft pucker? Sorry, she just didn't let you in on her #1 trick, but I will: Chances are she's exfoliating those luscious lips on the regular, and you should, too.

Yes, there are products on the beauty market with ingredients like brown sugar and sea salt designed to scrub away dead, dull skin from the lips, but let's face it, you're not ever going to go out and spend money one of those. So here's a simple trick that the women in your life have been using for years, and it doesn't require any new products in your routine.

All you need is a basic toothbrush. Save the Sonicare for your teeth; the freebie you got from the dentist will work perfectly for this.

  1. Dampen your lips and the toothbrush with warm water.
  2. Gently rub the toothbrush on your lips in a circular motion for about 30 seconds. No need to power scrub—lthe skin on your lips is extremely delicate, especially if you've slacked on applying lip balm this winter.
  3. If you're faced with severely dry flakes, try adding a tiny dab of lip balm or Vaseline to lips before exfoliating to protect sensitive skin from irritation.

Tacking this simple half-minute-long step onto your grooming routine once a week will work wonders for keeping your lips smooth and soft even through the worst of winter. Follow up with an ultra-moisturizing lip balm like Buckler's Chapped Lip Remedy, which leaves lips hydrated but shine free and pepperminty fresh. And with Valentine's Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to shed your winter lip layer in favor of a soft kisser.

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