If you are tired of covering up dark lips up with lipsticks and tinted lip balms, this article is for you! Dark lips can be caused by a variety of factors like smoking, exposure to the sun, sucking on lips, improper diet, vitamin imbalance and more. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to deal with them, and most of them are natural, so you don’t end up using too many chemicals! Here are some tips to help you lighten your lips at home.
1. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy
The bleaching properties of lemons are well known. Lemon juice works just as well to remove darkness from the lips as it does for bleaching skin in general. To lighten your lips using just lemon, apply freshly squeezed lemon juice on your lips before going to sleep every night. You will see results very soon. If you have chapped and dry lips, however, applying lemon directly on the lips might cause irritation and pain. But don’t worry, more options await you!
2. Almond Oil And Lemon Juice
Almond oil is used as a primary ingredient in many chapsticks as it moisturizes the lips and keeps them supple. To use it to treat dry lips, mix equal parts lemon juice and almond oil and massage onto your lips for a couple of minutes. Rinse it off after 30 to 45 minutes. Use this recipe at least three times a week for best results.
Sugar scrubs are amazing for dark lips and so easy to make by just using the ingredients in your kitchen. Simply mix two tablespoons of butter and three tablespoons of granulated sugar to make a scrub that you can use on your lips. Scrub your lips with this mixture every night until you start seeing results.
4. Rosy Lips
Rose petals can help make your lips pinker. Soak a few petals in milk for half an hour and then grind them. Add honey and saffron to the mix and use on the lips by rubbing it for three to four minutes once or twice a day. You will soon have naturally pinker lips. You can also use glycerine instead of saffron for the same effect.
Regular exfoliation can help prevent dark lips. Gently rub a wet toothbrush on your lips every morning to get rid of dead skin. Make a gentle exfoliating scrub with white or brown sugar and honey to lighten lips that are already dark.
6. Beetroot FTW
If you have ever eaten beetroot, you would have noticed how their juice can stain your lips red. Well, use this natural property to your advantage by rubbing beetroot juice on your lips every night before going to sleep. When you wake up, you will see a nice tint on your lips that effectively hide any darkness.
7. The Sun Protection Factor
One of the biggest causes of dark lips is tanning due to exposure to the sun. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, use a lip balm with sunscreen to prevent darkening of lips. You can try this one by Avene, which comes with Vitamin E and SPF 30 (Rs 650).
8. Honey, Honey (How You Thrill Me)
Honey is a brilliant, all-round fantastic ingredient for your skin and lips. It can be used in a variety of ways to treat dark lips. Unlike lemon, honey can be applied directly to the lips to lighten them without causing irritation. You can also mix it with turmeric and raw milk and apply it on your lips every day.
If you can’t be bothered with standing in the kitchen every day to whip up lip remedies, simply buy a lightening lip balm from the market! The Biotique Bio Fruit Whitening Lip Balm (Rs 175) is an affordable way to beautiful lips! The Lipsense Lip Lightening Cream (Rs 245) also helps lighten dark lips by inhibiting melanin production.
10. If Nothing Else Helps… Laser Treatment!
There is cosmetic treatment that you can try for pinker lips. Laser treatments for dark lips are increasingly gaining popularity since the results are visible within a few days. It is supposed to be a painless method, but you can ONLY undergo it after proper consultation with your dermatologist.