Pink lips are thought to be a semblance of beauty and health more often than not. In reality, there’s nothing linking pink lips to better health. Beauty standards are also subject to constant change.
However, it is understandable that discolouration could be frustrating for some people.
It is indeed possible to turn your lips into a pinkish colour with some simple efforts.
In this article, we teach you easy recipes to make lip scrubs, lip masks was was was lip balms. We also tell you what precautions you should take for prevention and the reasons2 behind the darkening of the lips.
1. Use lip scrubs to exfoliate
Gently exfoliating(hard scrubbing can damage the lips) makes the outermost and driest layer of your lips come off quickly. You can remove it without pulling on your lips.
During this process, while you scrub your lips, they receive stimulation for better blood circulation, making them turn pink due to the red colour of the blood.
There’s a big market for lip scrubs that you can buy, but it’s no rocket science to make your lip scrub at home using simple ingredients.
Let us walk you through the process of making your lip scrubs with variations.
Sugar and Honey Scrub
Making: Equal parts of brown or white sugar should be mixed with equal parts of honey. You can store this in a tiny glass jar and store it in the fridge for a long time.
Application: You need to take the scrub and massage your lips with it for one minute using your fingers. Use the scrub twice a week to see results. Wash your lips with normal water, and soap does not need to be used.
Lips do not need harshness, and brown sugar very lightly and gently scrubs off a layer of chapped lips without causing any irritation. White sugar is an antioxidant that provides a protective layer to the lips against the damage caused by the sun. Glycolic acid is another thing in the sugar that can protect you from the adverse effect of the toxins in your immediate environment.
Honey provides the lips with heavy conditioning and deep moisturization.
You can also use almond oil in the place of honey.
Lemon and Sugar Scrub
Making: Cut up a lemon in thin slices. Take a slice and sprinkle sugar on it (cubed sugar is recommended instead of powdered)
Application: Rub this sliced piece on your lips for about 2 to 3 minutes. You can do this every 3 days.
Since lemon is acidic, it’s also a bleaching agent. However, you need to be careful with this recipe if you have any cuts or injuries on your lips or if they’re chapped. If it becomes immediately discomforting upon application, you should wash your lips and try other gentler ingredients.
2. Apply lip masks
Lip masks sit on your lips for some time and are then taken off or washed away. Their purpose is to restore the moisture and lost lustre of your lips.
Making: Take some amount of milk and half of that amount of turmeric and mix them well to get a paste with the same consistency as toothpaste.
Application: Spread the mask across your lips and allow it to become dry. After it is dried off completely, you can wash or rub it away. Apply a hydrating balm afterwards.
A study done in 2018 finds that turmeric is one ingredient that can fight off hyperpigmentation when it comes to facial skin.
Mint And Lemon Mask
Making: Take 8 to 10 leaves of mint and chop them very finely. Squeeze a lemon into the mix. Add in some honey so that the application becomes smooth.
Application: Apply and keep this on your lips for ten minutes. Wash it off with water once you’re done.
Mint and lemon are both bleaching agents, plus mint provides extra freshness and hydration. Mint juice can undo some of the damage done to your lips by the harsh environment.
Making: Pick up some pomegranate seeds, preferably half a cup. Blend these seeds with either milk or fresh cream.
Application: Spread this pomegranate paste across your lips and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off with just water. You can wear this mask every single day.
Pomegranate contains a chemical substance called punicalagin. This compound inhibits melanin production; hence this is very helpful to those with lip hyperpigmentation. Simply put, the application of this mask will protect your lips from turning dark after exposure to the sun.
Rose petal mask
Making: Separate rose petals from the flower and soak them overnight in half a cup of milk. In almond oil, honey or aloe vera gel for the right consistency.
Application: You can leave this mask on for about 10 to 15 minutes. For better results, you can also leave it overnight. Rose petals are very gentle on the lips and wouldn’t cause you any harm if you used this mask every day.
Roses are antioxidants enriched, and they shield your lips from excessive exposure to UV rays.
3. Apply Lip Balms
Everyone knows this one. Lip balms are moisturizing gels that can be applied to the lips at any time of the day for instant smoothness. In the market, you can find a variety of lip balms. You can find pink tinted lip balms and balms with SPF to protect your lips from the sun.
There are just as many variants and benefits of the balms you can make at home by yourself.
Here are some of the following:
Making: Grate a spoonful of beeswax and combine it with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Add a little bit of honey into the mix. If possible, add vitamin E extract. Put the beeswax in a boiler and once you’ve melted it halfway, add coconut milk. Allow it to cool down in a tin container. You can also put it in a used lip balm container.
Application: Put on some beeswax balm whenever your lips get too dry.
This balm, without a doubt, tastes good but be careful not to lick your lips as that contributes to the darkening of lips. This balm is thick and acts as a protective shield against harsh pollutants in the air that might cause your lips to darken.
Strawberry Lip Balm
Making: All you need to do is crush up a strawberry and mix it with a spoonful of honey. It’s optional to add olive oil to it. Store it in the fridge.
Application: Strawberry lip balm can be applied every day with no restrictions.
Have you ever wondered why so many lip balms in the market are strawberry flavored? It is because strawberries have that excellent pink tint that everyone desires on their lips, and it’s also full of vitamin C and antioxidants that help brighten the lips.
4. Use a Lip Primer
Primers are something that you cover your skin with to make it smooth before the application of makeup and also, so the makeup isn’t in direct contact with your skin.
It’s always better to prime your lips before you put on your lipstick so that its chemicals don’t directly harm your lips by sticking to them because you can never be too sure what lipstick contains.
There are natural quick fixes for lip priming, such as coconut oil and almond oil. However, in this case, we best recommend going for actual priming products since they’re designed to go with any lipstick without changing its texture.
Ghee’s effect on lips through the belly button has no solid scientific backup. However, according to popular belief in India, applying ghee to your belly button ensures the good health of lips. It prevents lips from chapping and becoming dark.
You can do this as a night-time routine and apply ghee to your navel before going to sleep.
The reason why it’s believed to work is that belly buttons are places where our umbilical cord used to reside. Hence, the belly button can recognise which organs of your body require nourishment and passes it on.
6. Apply Beetroot Juice
Beetroot is famous for its rich dark blood red colour. If you’ve ever eaten a beetroot, you might have noticed how your lips turn pink from all its juice.
You can either slice up beetroot and apply the slices to your lips or extract its juices to mix it with some other substance such as aloe vera gel to make the juice stay on your lips for longer.
Beetroot doesn’t only have natural red pigmentations, but it also acts as a natural exfoliator.
What does it mean if your lips are dark?
Your lip colour is dependent on many things that aren’t in your control, like your race, ethnicity, and genes. Nothing suggests that light pinkish lips are better in health than lips with a darker shade.
These are some signs of healthy lips:
- Not having cracks or being flaky
- Possessing natural moisture
We have to rule out one exception from this case– lips that were initially light in colour but turned darker afterwards.
A case of excessive melanin can cause lip hyperpigmentation. This is when the lips get darker than the surrounding area. People with melanin might find that their lips are darker than others which is natural and normal.
Some reasons might be:
- Being under the sun for too long
- Not drinking enough water in a day
- Licking your lips
- Blood clots caused by injury
- Medications, especially those related to malaria and antibiotics that are taken orally.
- Some medical conditions. For example– Addison’s disease.
If your lips are naturally dark, all you need are some simple home remedies. In the case of hyperpigmentation, you’d find that medical treatments are more appropriate.
Ways Of Taking Precaution
People can adopt measures to prevent drying, inflammation, and the risk of discolouration to make their lips seem temporarily pinker. These are some of them:
1. SPF Lip Balm
We’d say that SPF lip balms should be worn every day, especially if you have to go out in the sun. This might also be one of the most effective ways of preventing your lips from hyperpigmentation due to the sun.
2. Double Check Your Medication
There are sometimes medications that could have a side effect that changes the colour of your lips. Check in with your doctor to discuss your medication if you notice something like this happening. They should be able to provide you with an alternative.
What does it mean if your lips suddenly turn pink?
One reason for this could be infection or allergies. It could also happen when one goes through a lot of exertion and blood rises to the face.
Is it possible to turn dark lips into pink lips permanently?
There are no current studies that suggest this idea except for some medical procedures with the help of a laser.
Now you know how to take care of your lips and help them stay pink with budget-friendly, DIY, chemical-free and nourishing lip balms, scrubs and masks. You also have the trick of priming your lips up to your sleeve.
We’ve also covered the importance of avoiding direct sun, smoking and medications with side effects.
All in all, you might not experience a permanent change of colour in your lips. Taking care of your lips is an everyday process. You might be able to see significant differences once you start investing time in these simple measures.
Do you have any queries or your own tricks to get plump pink lips? Let us know in the comments!