You can blame smoking, sun exposure or dehydration for discolored lips. The good news is that there are home remedies to get pink lips.
Any variation from the natural color of the lips, which are usually pink, is called discolored lips. Lips may turn darker or paler than your natural lip color. Some people may naturally have dark lips due to genetic factors. Others might not have pink lips because of bad habits, including smoking. To get pink lips, you can try home remedies for discolored lips.
What causes discolored lips?
There are a number of reasons why you could end up with discolored lips, says cosmetologist and skin expert Dr Jatin Mittal.
• Lack of proper hydration can make lips look dry, cracked and pale.
• The chemicals in tobacco can lead to darkening of the lips over time.
• Overexposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun can result in changes in pigmentation, making the lips darker.
• Anemia, which is a condition characterized by a lack of red blood cells or hemoglobin, can lead to pale lips.
• Cyanosis, which occurs when there is insufficient oxygen in the blood, causing a bluish tint to the lips.
• Some allergic reactions to certain foods, medications or environmental factors can cause redness, swelling or changes in the color of the lips.
• Fungal or bacterial infections, such as candidiasis, can cause changes in lip color and texture.
• Liver or kidney problems can sometimes manifest as changes in the color of the lips.
Natural ways to get rid of discolored lips
While there is limited scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of natural ingredients in treating discolored lips, some people may find these remedies helpful.
1. Lemon juice
Lemon juice contains citric acid, which can help lighten dark lips, says the expert. Apply fresh lemon juice to your lips, leave for a few minutes, and then rinse.
2. Rose water
Rose water is known for its moisturizing and soothing properties. Apply rose water to your lips with a cotton ball, rinse after a few minutes.
Honey is known to be a natural humectant, and helps retain moisture. Apply honey to your lips and leave for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing.
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4. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is moisturizing and can help improve the texture of the lips. Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your lips and leave it there.
Cucumber has soothing and moisturizing properties, so apply cucumber juice or thin slices of cucumber to your lips and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.
6. Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera has healing and moisturizing properties. Apply pure aloe vera gel to your lips, then rinse after 15 to 20 minutes.
Beetroot contains natural pigments that can add a subtle tint to the lips. Mix beet juice with coconut oil to create a natural lip balm and apply to your lips as needed.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, says Dr. Mittal. Mix turmeric powder with honey to create a paste. Apply to your lips, leave for a few minutes, and then rinse.
Mint has a cooling and refreshing effect, and you can use it by crushing the mint leaves. Apply the juice or leaves to your lips, leave for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing.
10. Almond oil
Almond oil is rich in vitamins and can help moisturize and nourish the lips. Apply a small amount of almond oil to your lips and leave for a few minutes before rinsing. You can also mix the oil with honey for added benefit.
The speed at which you can see results from using these natural remedies for discolored lips can vary greatly. Individual responses depend on factors such as the cause of the discoloration, the severity of the condition, and how consistently and correctly the remedies are applied. Also, do a patch test to make sure you haven’t had an adverse reaction before using any of these treatments.
If you have not observed the desired changes or if the discoloration persists, consult a doctor.
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