Dark, dry and dull lips can set back even the best skin and fittest body. Most women would love to sport healthy plump lips with soft kissable skin. To get back that natural pink color, follow healthy lip care regime – one that can be done regularly at home. With simple DIY lip care tips, you can surely wear a pretty smile or sport a sexy pout!
Lips are easily prone to getting dry and chapped. Often deficiency of vital nutrients, inadequate consumption of water and continuous exposure to sun and dust can result in chapped and unhealthy lips. Some cosmetics can lead to dry and discolored lips. Excessive use of lip liners and lip colors can lead to unhealthy pallor on the lips. If you consume a lot of coffee or alcohol, you are likely to have dry and dehydrated skin and lips.
Lip care at your fingertips
Massaging lips: Massaging lips every day is a very good habit as it helps to lighten dark lips in a short span of time. A lip balm of almond oil and lemon juice can be massaged every night for a few minutes before going to bed. Lips sport a healthy hue when massaged with ice-cubes.
Avoid licking lips: Some have a tendency to lick their lips especially when they feel that their lips are getting dry and chapped. Avoid this temptation of licking lips as it would just leave your lips more dry and dull.
Quit smoking: Smoking is a common cause for dark and dull lips.
Keep lips moist: Apply vitamin E moisturizing creams and unflavored lip balms to keep lips moisturized. These prevent your lips from becoming dark and chapped
Run your toothbrush on your lips in gentle scrubbing motion every morning and you will see the difference in a few days.
Using a lip balm or Vaseline can go a long way in preventing moisture loss, especially in hot climate.
Avoid cosmetics especially dark colored lip tints till your lips regain their healthy skin.
Homemade lip balms
It is simple to whip up a lip balm at home, customized to your taste and requirements. A base of beeswax, or coconut oil, a flavor of choice, and a tint is all that is required for this perfect balm that can make lips feel super soft.
Coconut rose lip balm
Coconut oil 1/8 cup
Beeswax ¼ cup
Shea butter 1/8 cup
Coconut or vanilla extract 1 teaspoon
Rose petals ¼ cup
Almond oil 1 teaspoon
Put the ingredients in a small pan and heat on low until everything has melted. Alternatively, a microwave can be used to heat in 30 second intervals, or until melted. Strain petals, if necessary, and pour into a sanitized container. Let it cool for a couple of hours and now they are ready to use. It can be put in empty tubes and stored. A bit of tea tree oil can be added to this balm and this gives it tingly flavor along with antibacterial protection.
Honey lip balm
Shea butter 1 tablespoon
Honey, almond oil and olive oil 1 teaspoon each
Beeswax 1 teaspoon grated
Chocolate chips white 5
Vanilla extract 3-4 drops
Lip balm container
Combine the oils in a small bowl and add the extract. Melt the beeswax in a microwave safe bowl. Add chocolate chips and heat again until both are fully melted. Combine the beeswax and chocolate mixture with the oils and stir. Transfer to a clean container and wait for it to solidify.
Here are some DIY for dry chapped lips
Dry and chapped lips can make you appear shabby and unkempt. While going out during the day, apply some sun protection or petroleum jelly on your lips. While indoors, use some cocoa butter, which is an effective natural remedy for healthy pink lips.
Sugar is a great exfoliator. A regular lip care regimen can keep your pout fresh especially during the cooler months. By exfoliating with a natural scrub, slough off the top layer of the lip skin often left dry from the sun.
A paste of rose petals, honey and cucumber with 1 teaspoon of milk can be made into a paste and applied on your lips. The scrub helps remove dirt and dead skin cells and gives the lips a pinkish hue. Take a cotton ball and dip it in rosewater. Gently rub for removing darkness from lips.
Here is an easy scrub for dry lips.
Lavender Rosemary Sugar Scrub
Raw cane sugar 1 cup
Sea salt 1 cup
Coconut oil ½ cup
Lavender fresh or dried 2 tablespoon
Chopped Rosemary 2 tablespoon
Lavender oil 1 teaspoon
Almond oil 1 teaspoon
Add all ingredients into a container of choice. Add chopped rosemary and lavender. Mix together. The scrub is ready for use.
DIY tips for relieving dry chapped lips
Exfoliate or use a soft toothbrush to gently rub in circular motions against your lips to remove dry skin flakes. Use your favorite lip balm or equal amounts of honey, olive oil and gently rub against lips and wipe off with damp washcloth. Apply a soothing lip balm for relief.
It is essential to stay hydrated for beautiful and pink lips. Increase water intake and include a lot of fresh juices in your diet. It would keep lips healthy and soft.
Reviving lips on the run
Pinch of brown sugar
Honey lip balm
Mix together some healing balm and a pinch of organic brown sugar. Then rub into lips in a circular motion and let it sit for a minute. Remove the scrub with a wipe and apply a lip balm of choice ... And you are good to go!
DIY Lip Care
Aloe-Vera can be massaged into your lips for treating dryness. It also removes dirt and lightens lip color. Aloe Vera is especially helpful in lightening dark lips and reviving natural freshness. Lemon is a natural cleanser and it cleans up dirt on lips making them appear rosy. Citric acid in lemon is a bleaching agent for skin. Fresh lemon juice can be rubbed onto the lips. Orange juice and peels are also rich in vitamin C and help in dark lips.
Crush the seeds of pomegranate and blend well with milk cream. Apply it on your lips. This is one of the best homemade remedies for lightening dark lips. The change in the color of your lips will be gradual as this is a natural remedy.
Milk cream is full of nutrients and moisture and is a good DIY remedy for lightening the complexion of lips.
Olive oil mixed with honey and lemon juice can soften lips and revive lip texture. Olive oil is rich in vitamin E which makes your lips soft and glowing.
Cucumbers are effective in skin lightening and their high water content helps keep lips moist and pink.
A mixture of beet root and carrot paste can be applied to lips to give it an attractive shade.