Soft, luscious lips are what everybody wants. But somehow, you ended up with the shorter stick. If you are wondering why your lips seem to be dry, chapped, and pigmented – there are a lot of things that cause these problems. But it does not mean that’s the way your lips have to be. A few simple home remedies are all you need to get softer, smoother, and pinker lips.

What Causes Dry And Pigmented Lips?

Your lips are extremely sensitive, susceptible to everything you do and everything you are exposed to. Exposing yourself to the sun and pollution, not drinking enough water, consuming too much caffeine, and smoking can lead to dry and pigmented lips.

How To Get Pink Lips :

Here are top 10 remedies your lips will love.

  1. Lip Balm And Toothbrush
  2. Honey And Lemon Juice
  3. Olive Oil And Sugar
  4. Beetroot Balm
  5. Aloe Vera Gel
  6. Pomegranate Juice
  7. Rose Petals
  8. Chocolate Lip Treatment
  9. Glycerin And Lemon
  10. Coriander Lip Treatment

Caution: Some of the ingredients used may trigger an allergic reaction. Make sure that you perform a patch test before using any of the treatments, and use the recommended ingredients at your discretion.

1. Lip Balm And Toothbrush

Lip Balm And Toothbrush

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You Will Need

  • Lip balm with a thick consistency
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply a thick layer of lip balm to your lips. Leave it on for a while so that your lips can absorb the moisture. This will make exfoliating easier.
  2. Using a toothbrush, gently massage your lips in circular motions.
  3. Dip a washcloth in warm water and wipe off the lip balm.
  4. Apply a thin layer of balm if your lips feel dry.

How Often Do You Need To Do This

You need to exfoliate your lips once a week.

Why This Works

Regular exfoliation removes the dead layer of cells, leaving you with softer lips. It also helps with pigmentation, since the topmost layer of cells gets pigmented due to exposure to the sun, pollution, and other factors (1).

Caution: Exfoliating too often can abrade your lips, leaving them raw and exposed. Make sure that you don’t scrub too often or for too long.

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2. Honey And Lemon Juice

Honey And Lemon Juice

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the lemon juice to the honey and mix well.
  2. Apply the pack to your lips and keep it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Wipe it off with a washcloth and follow up with a moisturizing lip balm.

How Often Do You Need To Do This

You can use this pack every day.

Why This Works

Lemon is known for its lightening properties (2). Regular use removes pigmentation, leaving you with pinker lips. Honey acts as a humectant, moisturizing your lips and keeping them soft and supple (3).

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3. Olive Oil And Sugar

Olive Oil And Sugar

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

What You Have To Do

  1. Put the sugar and the olive oil in a jar, and using a spatula, mix them.
  2. Scoop out a little of the mixture, and gently scrub your lips in circular motions.
  3. Wipe it off with a damp washcloth and moisturize your lips with a lip balm.

How Often Do You Need To Do This

You may use the scrub once or twice a week.

Why This Works

The sugar helps remove the dead cells that make your lips dry and pigmented. The olive oil moisturizes, leaving your lips smoother and softer.

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4. Beetroot Balm

Beetroot Balm

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You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets
  • 1 tablespoon shea/cocoa butter
  • ½ teaspoon beetroot powder

What You Have To Do

  1. Place the beeswax, shea/cocoa butter and the olive oil in a glass jar.
  2. Heat water in a saucepan, and place the jar in it. Keep stirring the contents till they melt.
  3. Add the beetroot powder to the jar, and stir so that the mixture is even.
  4. Transfer the lip balm into containers and let it cool down and set.
  5. Use with the help of a lip brush.

How Often Do You Need To Do This

You may apply this as often as you need to.

Why This Works

Beetroot leaves a lovely reddish stain on your lips, and it also helps reduce pigmentation. This is due to the presence of vitamin C in the beetroots (4), (5).The olive oil and the shea/cocoa butter moisturize your lips. And the beeswax keeps your lips hydrated for a long time.

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5. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera Gel

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You Will Need

  • 1 aloe leaf

What You Have To Do

  1. Peel off the outer layer of the aloe leaf to get to the gel.
  2. Scoop out the gel and store it in a container.
  3. Use as you would use a lip balm, and store in the refrigerator.

How Often Do You Need To Do This

Aloe vera gel can be used several times a day.

Why This Works

Aloe vera is soothing, so it helps with chapped and irritated lips. It also stimulates the growth of new skin cells, and helps with the damage caused by the sun (6).

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6. Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate Juice

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You Will Need

  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds

What You Have To Do

  1. Place the pomegranate seeds in a blender and blend.
  2. Using a strainer, remove the juice from the pulp.
  3. Dip a cotton wool into the juice and apply it to your lips. Store the rest of the juice in the refrigerator.

How Often Do You Need To Do This

You can use pomegranate juice for your lips every day.

Why This Works

Pomegranate juice helps lighten pigmented lips. It contains a compound named punicalagins that inhibits melanin production and stops your lips from getting darker due to exposure to the sun (7).

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7. Rose Petals

Rose Petals

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You Will Need

  • 6-7 rose petals
  • ½ cup milk

What You Have To Do

  1. Soak the rose petals in the milk overnight.
  2. Strain the rose petals, and mash them with a pestle.
  3. Add a few drops of milk to the petals and apply to your lips.

How Often Do You Need To Do This

This can be used every day, as an overnight treatment.

Why This Works

Rose petals are anti-inflammatory in nature, and they also help nourish your lips (8).

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8. Chocolate Lip Treatment

Chocolate Lip Treatment

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon cocoa butter
  • ½ teaspoon chocolate chips
  • 1 vitamin E capsule

What You Have To Do

  1. Melt the chocolate chips and the cocoa butter in a double boiler.
  2. Add the vitamin E to the chocolate balm.
  3. Pour the balm in a container, and allow it to cool before using.

How Often Do You Need To Do This

You can use this as often as you want, when your lips feel dry.

Why This Works

Dry lips are difficult enough to contend with. But did you know that dryness itself can darken your lips? Cocoa butter helps your lips retain the much-needed moisture Chocolate, which is rich in the antioxidant resveratrol, inhibits melanin production that prevents the darkening of your lips (9), (10).

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9. Glycerin And Lemon

Glycerin And Lemon

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You Will Need

  • 2-3 drops of glycerin
  • 2-3 drops of lemon juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Combine the glycerin and lemon juice.
  2. Apply to your lips as an overnight treatment.

How Often Do You Need To Do This

This can be used daily.

Why This Works

Glycerin is an excellent moisturizer, and works great at keeping your lips supple. Lemon has bleaching properties that help reduce pigmentation.

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10. Coriander Lip Treatment

Coriander Lip Treatment

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You Will Need

  • 3-4 leaves of coriander

What You Have To Do

  1. Crush the coriander leaves and apply directly to your lips.
  2. Keep it on for 30 minutes and wipe with a damp washcloth.

How Often Do You Need To Do This

This can be done every day.

Why This Works

Coriander helps in reducing pigmentation, due to the presence of the compound umbelliferone (11). Regular use of coriander can reduce the darkening on your lips and leave them pinker.

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Proper care and a few simple remedies are all that’s needed to give you pink, baby-soft lips. So do try out these remedies and shower your lips with the love they deserve. 

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  • Jane Sanchez

    No work

  • shweta

    try sebamed lip balm

  • Hailey Cohen

    Use living libations lip and cheek tint the best

  • Emmanuel

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  • Anonymous

    Thank you

  • Shona sneha

    I like all tips….. thank u….

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hey Abbie, glad that u found the article to be useful..and also suggest your friends to try them too…:-)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Manjula, there can be many causes of dark lips. Some of the main causes of dark lips are excessive exposure to direct sunlight, an allergic reaction, use of low-quality cosmetics, chewing tobacco, excessive smoking, high caffeine intake, pigmentation and hormonal imbalances. You can try a couple of home remedies to lighten your lips naturally, such as:
    1. Lemon – Lemon is often used to treat dark skin patches and spots, and you can use it to naturally lighten dark lips, too. The bleaching property in lemon works well as a simple yet powerful remedy for dark lips. Squeeze a lemon and apply the juice on your lips before going to bed. Follow this simple remedy daily for one to two months.
    2. Olive oil – Olive oil can also be used to make your lips lively and vibrant. Olive oil contains many essential nutrients to nurture your lips and its moisturizing property will make them soft. Apply a few drops of extra virgin olive oil on your lips and massage it gently. Do this daily before going to bed.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hey Manjula, thats great that you are careful about the products you use and do not indulge in smoking or chewing tobacco as it may cause severe damage to health. Do try out the remedies and share your experience with us !!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Priya, some of the home remedies you can try to lighten lips are:
    1. Lemon and honey pack – mix equal parts of lemon juice and honey. Coat your lips with this mix, leave it for an hour and then wipe it off with a soft wet wipe. This process can be done as many times a day to remove tan and pigmentation. This serum can be refrigerated and used for a week.
    2. Almond oil – apply almond oil on the lips before going to bed. Almond oil helps to reduce discoloration.
    Hope you find these tips to be useful !