Naturally baby soft, pink lips are often a trait desired by many women. But, what’s important to know is that discolouration, pigmentation, dark patches, and even generally darker shade lips are all very common, and very normal. In fact, ‘How to lighten dark lips?’ is among one of the most Googled beauty questions in India.
So, let’s get to the bottom of what causes dark lips, how to lighten your lips naturally, how to even out lip pigmentation, and also, some easy home remedies for dark lips that are natural and chemical-free.
What Makes Your Lips Pink?
Unlike the rest of your body, the skin on your lips is much thinner. This is why, over time, you may notice that your once pinker lips have dark spots or discolored patches, and look duller than before. It’s a result of skin aging. Your skin colour will also determine the colour of your lips. Because the skin on your lips is thin, the underlying blood vessels show through, giving your lips the pink hue you see on the surface. Fairer people with less melanin in their skin tend to have fairer-toned lips, making the pink from the blood vessels more visible.
What Causes Dark Lips?
While your skin colour may determine the original colour and pinkness of your lips, there are many internal (health) and external (environmental) factors that may cause your lips to darken or get discolored over time. This happens due to the overproduction of melanin triggered by:
1. Hormonal changes: As you get older, your body, especially for women, goes through a series of hormonal changes. This particularly happens during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Hormonal imbalance or changing levels of hormones in the body can lead to hyperpigmentation, causing dark patches not just on your lips but other areas like the underarms, inner thighs, and in the intimate region too.
2. Sun exposure: Your skin produces melanin to protect itself from the harmful UV rays of the sun. This is why you get a tan when you’ve been out lounging by the beach for too long. This process takes place on our lips as well. Over time and due to excess sun exposure, your lips may tan in patches, get dark sun spots, or discolored age spots.
3. Smoking: Smokers tend to develop dark patches or discolored lips over time. The nicotine in cigarettes causes the blood vessels to narrow, restricting the blood flow in the underlying vessels. It also dehydrates the surface skin and the hot cigarette butt may be slowly burning and damaging the thin surface skin on your lips. Together or individually, these factors lead to smokers having dark or uneven toned lips.
4. Medical conditions: Underlying health conditions like anemia, vitamin deficiency, dehydration, inadequate oxygen or blood circulation, or even an allergic reaction can cause temporary darkening of the lips.
5 Home Remedies To Lighten Dark Lips Naturally
Like with any other skincare routine, you can break down how to lighten dark lips and treat hyperpigmentation on your lips into five steps, all using natural ingredients readily available in
1. Cleanse: You can always simply clean your lips with a gentle soap and some water. But, if you’re looking to lighten dark lips, add some water or milk to 1tsp turmeric
and make a paste. Leave the paste on your lips for 5-10 mins before washing it off with water. Turmeric is an antiseptic, antibacterial, antioxidant-rich ingredient that won’t just clean your lips thoroughly but also lighten dark lips, thanks to the curcumin in turmeric.
2. Exfoliate: The key to making dull lips appear healthy and plump while also reducing the appearance of dark spots is to slough of the dead skin. This will take care of chapped lips and will also increase the cell renewal in your skin. New skin always has a healthier hue. Mix 1tsp honey with 1tsp sugar to make your own homemade all-natural lip scrub. While the sugar will act as an exfoliator, the honey will rehydrate your lips, filling in the cracks with nourishment.
3. Tone: Rose water and cucumber water are great natural toners for your skin. Use either on your lips to prepare your pout for the treatment step in your lip care routine. You can glide the toner on with a cotton pad, or even simply using your fingers.
4. Treat: Rub a wedge of lemon or an orange peel on your lips at night before you sleep. Wash it off the next morning. The citric acid in both has a skin lightening and brightening effect. Lemon can irritate the skin for some people, which is why using an orange peel is a gentler option. Also, don’t rub or hold either ingredient to your lips longer than a minute, and do this step no more than 3 times a week.
5. Moisturize : You need to rehydrate and deeply nourish your lips after the treatment
step. Almond oil and coconut oil are both rich in vitamin E and fatty acids that will moisturize your lips while making them look fuller. Add a drop of beetroot juice to the oil before applying if you’re looking for a safe and natural way to get a pinkish tint on your lips.
You can use these remedies as a 5-step routine, or you can use them individually and they will still be effective – Ame organic.