How to lighten dark lips? It is one of the most searched for questions on the internet for lip care.
Sun rays are harsh and unforgiving. It’s our body’s way to react and protect itself from sun damage by producing melanin in excess. Melanin causes our skin to look tanned and darker than usual and while for some it’s welcome, there are quite a few people who want to reverse it.
Dark pigmentation on lips is always a source of cosmetic concern for some men and women. While the amount of melanin in your skin determines the color of your skin and lips. The good news is that it is possible to lighten and brighten your sun-tanned lips by following simple home remedies for dark lips. These remedies work splendidly to get those pink lips everyone desires.
We have provided you with a list of tried and tested home remedies that will give you toned, supple and lighter lips within weeks.
Our topmost choice to remove tan on any part of the body, curd works wonders for even the most stubborn tans. The great part of curd is that it is mild on every skin type, and causes potentially no reactions. Curd is a powerhouse of antioxidants and good bacteria that not just helps in reversing sun damage but also aids in calming red inflamed lips caused by the sun.
Fun fact- women from asian countries where the sun is naturally harsh, have been using this remedy since ancient times!
Take a spoonful of curd and apply it directly on your lips using your fingers. You can also add half a spoon of gram flour as it also has anti-tan properties to make it like a lip mask. Wash after it has dried off.
Lemon contains citric acid. Due to its acidic properties, lemon is the go-to choice for people in removing their tan. But, because of its harsh nature, it is not advised to use it directly on the skin for fear of inflammation. Therefore, we suggest a combination of honey and lemon. Honey is a long-standing ingredient used for nourishing the skin and coupled with lemon, it provides tan-free smooth lips in no time at all.
Squeeze half a lemon and add its juice to one teaspoon of honey. Apply it on your lips with a spatula and wash it off no later than 20 minutes! Due to the presence of honey, there will be no need for a moisturiser. However, if you feel the need feel free to apply a gentle balm.
Anyone who knows anything about skin care, knows about the importance of exfoliation. Coffee powder is an exceptional exfoliating agent. Made from coffee beans which are packed with antioxidants, proteins and other minerals, it revitalises the lips by stimulating blood flow and removing dead skin. It is often used with coconut oil because coconut oil acts as a moisturiser and tones down the abrasiveness of coffee, while also promoting even toned lips.
Take a teaspoon of coffee and mix an adequate amount of coconut oil in it, till the mixture looks like a paste. Apply the paste on your lips and massage in circular motions, paying extra attention to troubled areas like the corner of the lips and the top lip. Wash off with water and pat dry.
Turmeric powder is another excellent substance chock full of antioxidants. It is a popular ingredient used in many asian households for its anti-inflammatory properties for both food and skin. When it is used with pure rose water, it works wonders for the skin and lips as rose water is also anti-inflammatory and balances the PH level of the lips and surrounding skin.
A teaspoon of turmeric powder mixed with a teaspoon of rose water will give the mixture a paste-like appearance. Apply the mixture and prevent dryness from your lips. Follow-up with a good quality lip balm.
Beetroot is that one vegetable that always taints the lips of the person who is consuming it, with a pink-purplish red. It is consumed raw in salad and is cooked in dishes, especially healthy dishes which don’t require any extra food coloring. Therefore, due to its highly potent reddish tint, it is an extremely useful way to get rid of dark lips naturally.
Peel the beetroot and cut it into thin slices. Rub a slice onto the lips for a few seconds till it’s devoid of its juice and keep the rest of the beetroot to store in a refrigerator. Make sure to use the leftover beetroot within 1-2 days, otherwise, it will dry up and will be of no use.
A naturally occurring substance in nature that has soothing properties for the skin. Aloe Vera also provides a cooling effect to soothe inflamed skin around the lips. It is a gel-like, clear substance that also aids in promoting even-toned lips and to get rid of dark lips.
Cut an aloe vera leaf from the plant. Wash it well. Remove the outer covering of the leaf and the prickly sides but cutting along the edge. Scoop out some aloe vera and apply it directly to your lips. This remedy is best used during the night. You can also use store bought aloe-vera. Apply it at night before going to sleep and wash it off in the morning.
One of the best natural moisturisers for lips is the cream obtained from milk. Rich in lactic and fatty acids, it provides the lips with the deep nourishment they require, while also working on retaining natural pink lips. Apply it twice daily for best results!
We hope you liked reading about our remedies and will find them useful!