Dark lips? Well, don’t worry, you’re not alone. But if you are worried about how to lighten dark lips, this read is for you. Your lips are much more sensitive as compared to your body’s skin. They require extra care.
Generally speaking, the color of the lips varies from person to person. But if your natural lip tone turns out to be darker then some lifestyle changes are required. Your lips speak a lot about your habits, health and lifestyle.
There are various factors that affect the change in lip color. In this article, we have mentioned various potential causes of lip darkening. Moreover, now you will be able to treat these dark lips with the help of kitchen superstars. (Kitchen superstars to reduce dark circles)
Causes of dark lips:
Having dark lips is typically a harmless condition. It is nothing but excess production of melanin in that area which causes darkening also known as Hyperpigmentation. Following are the underlying causes-
- Genetics/ hormone
- Excessive exposure to sun (How to remove sun tan)
- Certain medications
- Allergic reaction to lip care products (Natural ways to treat allergy)
- Anemia (Iron rich foods)
- Lack of hydration
- Excess of caffeine
- Vitamin deficiency
- Lip sucking
- More fluoride uses
- Medical condition
- Injury or bruises
How to lighten dark lips:
There are multiple ways of treating or reducing the pigmented lips. Everyone wishes for red lips. Apart from the cosmetic procedure, here are a few effective home remedies that will answer your question of how to lighten dark lips. Remember, consistency is the key!
Lemon and Sugar:
Lemon has skin lightening properties. It exfoliates and bleaches the skin. Sugar acts as a scrubbing agent. Honey moisturizes the skin. Take a slice of freshly cut lemon. On it add some sugar and honey. Gently massage your lips for a few minutes. Rest it for a minute or two. Rinse with cold water. If you feel it drying out, apply honey and rinse.
Potatoes have a naturally occurring compound called catecholase which is responsible for reducing darkness. Rub a slice of potato on your lips. Rest it overnight. Wash with lukewarm water.
Milk and turmeric:
Raw milk and turmeric are indeed a great combination to reduce dark lips. It exfoliates the skin and acts as a melanin inhibitor. Mix 1 tablespoon of milk with ½ tablespoon of turmeric. Make a paste and massage the lips. Rest for 5 minutes. Wash clean.
Massage with oil:
Coconut, Olive or almond oil are best for lip massaging. It helps in increasing the blood circulation. Also, it has emollient properties and helps in rejuvenating skin. Take a few drops of any of these oils and massage on the lip twice a day. You can also leave the oil overnight and wash with lukewarm water in the morning.
Pomegranate is a great answer to how to lighten dark lips. It helps reduce hyperpigmentation and restore the natural colour of your lips. Crush or grind pomegranate seeds. Mix raw milk. Make a paste and gently massage your lips. Leave for 5 mins rinse off with cold water. You can also mix carrot or beetroot juice for extra benefits.
Cucumber soothes and rejuvenates skin. It has a good amount of vitamin C and antioxidants. Juice half of a cucumber. Refrigerate it. Once cooled, apply it on the lips and gently massage. Leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse well.
Apart from soothing and moisturizing the lips, rose water helps in healing the lip. Mix well honey and rose water. Apply this to your lips at least twice a day. Leave it for 15-20 minutes. Wash with cold water. Alternatively, you can mix rose petal paste with honey and milk.
This remedy will give you red lips that you wished for. Apply beetroot paste to your lips. Leave for 15 mins. Rinse with cold water. Apply your choice of lip balm. Repeat twice a day. (5 reasons why you should eat Beet)
How to prevent dark lips formation:
- Apply sunscreen
- Quit smoking and tobacco
- Use good quality cosmetics
- Stay hydrated
- Maintain your lips
- Maintain a good balanced diet
- Limit caffeine intake
- Limit Alcohol intake too
- Avoid allergens
- Avoid lip sucking
Make your own Lip balm!
If you’re putting a lot of effort in maintaining and achieving red lips, why not try making your own lip balm? Avoid the chemical-based lip balms that do more harm than good. Here’s an easy natural way –
Things that you’ll need:
- 3-4 tablespoon Beeswax pellets
- 2-3 tablespoon Shea butter
- 4 tablespoon Coconut oil (Alternatives can be almond oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil)
- 10-15 drops Essential oil (Recommended are citrus, lemon. Lavender, peppermint)
- ½ gram Flavor oil (Optional or alternative)
How to proceed?
1. Melt beeswax, shea butter and oil in 30 seconds increments in a microwave. Stir well after each one.
2. Add the essential oil or the flavor oil. Microwave for 15 seconds. Mix well.
3. Pour the mixture in a tube or pots of the container of your choice. Make sure to choose a container that makes it easy to apply.
4. Leave it to set. Store in a cool place.
5. Ready to use!
Recipe: Beetroot Cheela
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