Many men and women achieve dark lips due to sunburn, smoking, cosmetic, or lifestyle factors. Soft and pink lips add an extra luster to the smile.
Continue reading below to know about what causes dark lips and how to lighten them.
Reasons for dark lips
Various things can cause dark lips. Hyperpigmentation is the main reason for dark lips. Excess production of melanin causes hyperpigmentation on the lips. The things that are also liable for hyperpigmentation:
- Not using sunscreen for lips
- Allergic reactions from cosmetics, toothpaste, foods or other things
- Dead skin cells due to chapped lips
- Lip licking, biting or sucking
- Prolonged use of lipstick, old lipstick/balm or expired items
- Excessive use of fluoride, vitamin deficiency, anemia, chemotherapy, peutz-jeghers syndrome, toxins and poisons, dermatitis, hormonal change, inappropriate dental fixture, etc.
The ways to lighten dark lips
How you lighten your lips, it is your decision. You can use home remedies, cosmetic procedures like laser treatment or chemical products with kojic acid and hydroquinone. These treatments inhibit the enzymes that cause excessive melanin in the skin resulting in hyperpigmentation on the lips.
If you want to lighten your dark lips with chemical products or cosmetic surgery then, talk to your doctor and stop reading it because, in this article, I am going to show you some natural ingredients, by using them you will get pink and soft lips gradually.
The best home remedies to get rid of dark lips
1. Baking soda
Lips look dark due to dead skin cells on them. Baking soda is a natural exfoliator. It removes those dead skin cells and lips become healthy, soft, and pink. Baking soda also diminishes dark spots, melanin, sun spots, pigments, and other discoloration. Use a balm or olive oil on the lips after using baking soda.
How and when to use: Mix some water with one teaspoon of baking soda to make a paste. Apply it on the lips and rub it in the circular motion gently with a toothbrush or your fingertips for 45 minutes. Then rinse your lips off, pat dry, and apply a lip balm. Apply this home remedy every alternate day.
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2. Almond oil
Almond oil has sclerosant and emollient properties. The emollient in it helps to soothe, smooth, and nourish dry lips along with removing dull skin cells. And sclerosant property helps to brighten dark spots, patches, melanin, and tan on the lips. Almond oil has a nice fatty substance that will keep the skin well moisturized all day long.
How and when to use: Take one or two drops of almond oil and massage your lips with it for one minute and let it stay for the whole night. Use almond oil for lips every night before sleeping.
3. Rose petals and milk
Rose petals have some super anti-aging and hydrating properties. It tints the lips with beautiful natural reddish color making the lips younger, softer, and suppler. Milk is also a nourishing and brightening item. Both of these home remedies turn your dark lips into smooth, moisturized, and naturally pink.
How and when to use: Mash some fresh rose petals and mix it with milk. Apply this paste onto the lips evenly. Wait for 15 minutes to be set the color and hue properly. Then wash your lips off. You can do it once a day at night.
Dryness and sun rays, both causes pigmented and black lips. Using glycerin treatment can leave your lips hydrated and dark-free retaining moisture and preventing dryness.
How and when to use: With a cotton swab, apply some glycerin evenly onto the lips. Leave it for the night. You can do it every night before going to bed.
5. Apple cider vinegar
ACV has alpha hydroxyl acid that acts slightly acidic property. And it is a good brightening agent for dark pigmented lips. It will remove dark spots, patches, sun spots, and melanin of the lips with proper use.
How and when to use: Dilute one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with one teaspoon of water. Dab this solution on the lips with a cotton ball and let it dry. After 8 minutes, rinse your lips off with lukewarm water. Do it once a day to get faster pink and soft lips.
6. Coconut oil
Coconut oil rich in fatty acids that keep the lips hydrated, moisturized, and supple. This oil also treats dry lips and prevent them from drying out, chapping and cracking. And when your lips remain soft, they will look pink and smooth. It hydrates the skin while also getting rid of dark spots, wrinkles, and scars.
How and when to use: Use bare coconut oil onto the lips before bedtime. Or at day time, apply coconut oil onto the lips several times as you need. Even out the oil onto the lips politely with your fingertips.
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7. Beetroot juice
Beetroot juice is enriched with natural color, cleanser, antioxidants, and soothing properties that make the skin more youthful and softer. So, it cleanses the skin, adds natural red color to the lips, and makes the skin healthier and younger.
How and when to use: Cut a piece of beetroot into slices. Keep a slice into the refrigerator. Rub it onto the lips gently for one minute. Let the juice dry on the lips. After 15 minutes wash your lips off. Or you can rub some fresh beetroot juice on the lips with your fingertips for one minute and then cleanse your lips off. Using beetroot gives you red and smooth lips instantly.
8. Lemon and Honey
These are my favorite home remedies for lip care. Honey is a natural humectant to keep the skin hydrated and soft. So, the lips will be pink and supple. Lemon juice contains vitamin C and citrus properties that are an excellent treatment for dark lips to lighten the tan. Moreover, both of these natural ingredients are antiaging, so keep your skin wrinkle-free and younger.
How and when to use: Mix one teaspoon of honey with another teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply it onto the lips and leave for 40 minutes. Then wipe the lips off with a soft wet cloth or fingertips. You can use this serum once or two times a day to remove pigmentation from your lips.
9. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is one of the greatest natural ingredients for skincare. You can use it from toe to head for healing various conditions. Aloe vera contains aloesin that is rich in the polyphenolic property that prevents the production of pigments and melanin.
Aloe is also rich in healthy nutrients and antioxidants that eliminate dark spots, fine lines, scars, and other blemishes on the lips. So, you will get soft, pink, and smooth lips.
How and when to use: Apply some aloe gel onto the lips evenly and let it dry, then cleanse your lips off with lukewarm water. Follow this DIY tip once a day to get more kissable and pinkier lips.
10. Cucumber juice
Cucumber juice is another excellent natural skincare item. It is soothing, hydrating, and lightening for dark spots, acne scars, sun spots, melanin, and pigments. Cucumber juice is also an antioxidant, helps to reduce age spots. With regular use, within 15-20 days your lips will be bright, soft, pink, and rejuvenated.
How and when to use: Blend a cucumber to get some fresh juice. Keep the juice into the refrigerator. Apply the juice to the lips with a cotton ball. Leave the juice for 20 minutes and then cleanse your lips off. Do this once daily.
11. Sugar and Honey
Brown sugar is a natural exfoliator. It removes dead skin cells that cause the lips to look dark, dull, and dry. While honey is a moisturizer and antioxidant. It heals chapped lips and eliminates dark spots, tan, wrinkles, and sunburn on the lips.
How and when to use: Mix one teaspoon of brown sugar with two teaspoons of honey. Leaving this mixture on the lips, scrub your lips with the fingertips for one minute. Then rinse your lips off. Scrub your lips once or twice a week with honey and sugar. (Yea, I do it).
12. Turmeric powder and milk
Turmeric is another natural ingredient to remove dark lips. It has been used as a skin lightener in India from ancient times. Turmeric is also a skin healer. It treats various skin diseases like acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc. It inhibits the melanin to the lips and soothes the sunburned lips.
How and when to use: Mix two teaspoons of turmeric powder with some milk to make a paste. Apply it on the lips. Now rub your lips gently with your fingertips for 50 minutes. Leave the mixture on the lips for another 10 minutes. And then wash your lips off.
13. Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice has a beautiful natural red color that will tint your dark lips instantly. It will also nourish, hydrate, and prevent the lips from dryness, chapping, and cracking. Pomegranate juice being anti-aging, it reduces wrinkles, melanin, and dark spots on the lips.
How and when to use: Rub your lips with some pomegranate juice for 2 minutes. It will add a rosy color to the lips. Or you can leave some juice onto the lips overnight. Then lips will be well hydrated and colored with a reddish tint. You can do it every alternate day to get pink and soft lips.
Some other tips to get pink lips forever
If you don’t change your lifestyle or skincare regimens, just home remedies cannot brighten up your lips. Follow these tips also:
- Form a habit to use a lip balm always because dry-free lips always look pink and juicy.
- Use a sunscreen-based lip balm before stepping in the sun. The sun rays burn and tan the lips.
- Prolonged use of lipstick can darken lips. So, take time to breathe your lips. When you stay at home, don’t use lipstick. Or coming back home, quickly remove lipstick. Use costly or natural-based lipstick. In winter, moisturizing lipstick is a good choice. Don’t sleep with lipstick.
- Smoking darkens lips, even your lips may be black due to smoking. Avoiding smoking will help you to continue supple and pink lips.
- Drinking excessive tea or coffee may dehydrate and darken your lips. Drinking 1-3 cups a day is good for health and skin.
Apple cider vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can dry out lips. Don’t let them stay longer time on the lips. And apply a lip balm after using these ingredients.
Rose petals, pomegranate, and beetroot juice add extra red color and this color stays a long time even after washing the lips off. So, if you are a man with dark lips, use rose petals or beetroot juice carefully.
Use a lip balm after cleansing your lips every time. It will protect the lips from dryness and other hazardous.
If you have dark lips genetically or from birth, nothing can lighten your lip color. But, using home remedies and proper lip care, your lips will be soft, polished, and bright.
With regular use, these home remedies will lighten your dark lips. But, if there is an underlying reason for your dark lips, talking to your doctor will help you.
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