Have you ever noticed that your lips become dry, dull and dark? And you want to have soft, plump and pink lips. Well, you can surely have pink lips naturally with few home remedies.
The skin on your lips is different from the skin on your face. It is more sensitive and doesn't have sebaceous glands, facial hair and sweat glands, like our external skin. Like we all have different skin types, similarly, we have various lips and lip colours.
Lips Dryness, Discoloration & Pigmentation
Let's understand why lips change. If you don't take care of your lips, they tend to appear dry, discoloured and pigmented. Cold, dry weather, frequently licking your lips and not having enough water can make your lips dry and chapped. Use a lip balm or a moisturiser to keep them hydrated.
Lip discolouration and pigmentation happens due to various reasons like changing weather, pollution, bad eating habits, melanin production, poor oxygen circulation, underlying medical condition, etc. Lips are the most sensitive part of your face, so you need to pay little extra attention to keep them healthy.
What causes lip pigmentation?
Your lips are covered with thin, delicate skin with blood vessels closer to the surface. This is the reason why your lips appear to be pink or dark. It also depends on the presence of melanin, a naturally occurring pigment that gives colour. If the melanin content is higher, your lips would appear to be darker, leading to lip pigmentation.
You apply sunscreen all over the body to protect it from the sun's harmful rays, but what about lips? Excessive exposure to the sun's rays is also one of the main reasons for lip pigmentation. If you don't drink enough water, use clean lip products, intake caffeine and smoke a lot, it might also cause lip pigmentation.
Ways to avoid lip pigmentation
There are various ways to avoid lip pigmentation and take good care of your lips:
Keep Yourself Hydrated
It is essential to keep your body hydrated from inside and outside. Drink lots of water every day to prevent dryness, dehydration and dullness on lips. Also, apply a good lip balm or lip moisturiser (two to three times a day) to keep your lips hydrated. Juicy Chemistry Organic Certified Lip Balms are quite moisturising.
Exfoliate Your Lips
Exfoliation is a process that helps to get rid of the dead layer on top of your lips. It makes your lips softer, smoother and lighter. You can use a good lip scrub available in the market like Juicy Chemistry Lip Scrubs are Organically Certified or mix sugar and olive oil to make one at home. Gently massage on your lips for a few seconds and wash off. Use it thrice a week to make your lips pink naturally.
Choose Right Lip Products
You would be tempted with the new launches but make sure that you are reading the ingredients list before buying lip products. Always look for products that have safe and clean ingredients . Also, never use expired products as they can damage your lips.
Avoid Too Much Exposure to Sun
Sun's rays are harmful to your skin as well as your lips. Before stepping out in the sun, apply a lip balm that has SPF to protect your lips from the sun's rays. Always reapply the lip balm with SPF after every 4 hours if you are out in the sun for long hours. Juicy Chemistry Mineral Sunscreen can be applied over lips to protect them from damage.
Reduce Caffeine Intake and Quit Smoking
Excessive caffeine intake is not good for your body as well as your lips. This is the most common reason for lip pigmentation. Avoid taking too much caffeine. Also, quit smoking because studies have shown that melanin pigmentation was observed on lips and gingiva in people who smoke regularly.
Home Remedies to make your lips pink
Various home remedies would help you to have pink lips naturally:
Coconut Oil, Argan Oil and Sugar Lip Scrub
Take one tablespoon of brown sugar and one tablespoon of coconut oil or argan oil in a bowl. Mix them to form a paste. Apply the scrub on your lips and gently massage for a few minutes. Don't apply too much pressure, scrub with light pressure. Wash off with water and apply a lip balm. Store the remaining scrub in an airtight container. Use it 2-3 times a week to see better results.
Cucumber is enriched with high water content, so why not use it for some lip hydration? Take a slice of cucumber and massage it over your lips for 2-3 minutes. Wash off and apply lip balm. Repeat this every night for soft and naturally pink lips.
Beetroot has a natural tint that makes lips soft and pink. Squeeze out the juice of half beetroot and apply it on your lips. Massage in circular motions for 7-10 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Apply a moisturising lip balm and sleep well. The next morning wake up with soft, pink lips.
Almond oil is rich in fatty acids, which provide nourishment and hydration to your lips. It helps to treat dryness and dullness. Apply almond oil onto your lips and massage well until it penetrates into the lips. Do this every night and make your lips healthy. You can also mix lemon juice with almond oil to reduce discolouration and pigmentation.
Pomegranate, Carrot and Beetroot
How about getting red rosy lips? Take 1 tablespoon of pomegranate juice, carrot juice and beetroot juice. Mix well and apply onto the lips. Leave it for 5 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Apply a good hydrating lip balm to add gloss to your rosy lips.
Aloe Vera Gel and Coconut Oil
You might be knowing using aloe vera gel to moisturise your body skin, so why not use it on lips? Take one tablespoon of aloe vera gel and add a few drops of coconut oil or olive oil into it. Mix well and apply it like a lip balm on your lips. Use it 2-3 times a day and refrigerate the remaining for the next day's usage.
Chocolate, Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter
Do you love chocolates? It's time to use them for lips. Melt 2 squares of unsweetened dark chocolate and one teaspoon of cocoa butter in a double boiler or microwave. When it melts, add one Vitamin E capsule in it. Mix well and let it cool. Later, apply a thick layer on your lips and leave for 7-10 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Apply lip balm to keep lips moisturised.
JC’s products to reduce lip pigmentation
Blood Orange & Rosehip Lip Scrub: This lip scrub is enriched with Blood Orange Essential Oil that soothes dry lips and Rosehip Oil (rich in fatty acids) that reduces lip pigmentation.
Blood Orange & Rosehip Lip Balm: This lip balm nourishes and hydrates your dry, chapped lips. Blood Orange essential oil makes them soft and smooth while Rosehip oil reverse lip pigmentation.
JC’s products that can help make your lips pink
Tuscany Lemon & Green Tea Lip Balm: This is enriched with ingredients that hydrate and moisturise lips, making them soft and plump. Lemon essential oil helps to soothe skin and stimulate blood circulation, making lips pink with regular usage.
Tuscany Lemon & Green Tea Lip Scrub: This lip scrub gently exfoliates and removes the top layer, leaving lips softer, smoother and lighter. It is enriched with Shea butter that hydrates and rejuvenates lips and protects from further damage.
Damask Rose & Fig Lip Scrub: This lip scrub contains terpene-rich Gernaium and phenol-rich Rose essential oil that helps to achieve even toned lips. It also contains essential oils rich in fatty acids, which nourish lips and prevent further dryness.
Damask Rose & Fig Lip Balm: This is deeply hydrating lip balm that contains rose essential oil, which stimulates blood circulation and reduces pigmentation, making lips pink naturally.
All the mentioned home remedies and products are safe to use but we highly recommend patch tests and using it with caution. Don’t overuse! Take professional guidance if necessary.
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