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 change in the natural color of the lips, which are usually pink, is called discolored lips. Lips may become darker or paler than your natural lip color. Some people may naturally have dark lips due to genetic factors. Others may not have pink lips due to bad habits, including smoking. You can try home remedies for discolored lips to get pink lips.
What causes lip discoloration?
There are a number of reasons why you might have discolored lips, says cosmetologist and skin expert Dr. Jatin Mittal.
• Lack of adequate hydration can lead to dry, chapped and pale looking lips.
• Chemicals in tobacco can cause darkening of the lips over time.
• Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause changes in pigmentation, making the lips darker.
• Anemia, characterized by a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin, can cause 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 discoloration of the lips.
• Fungal or bacterial infections, such as candidiasis, can cause changes in the color and texture of the lips.
• Liver or kidney problems can sometimes manifest as lip color changes.
Natural remedies to get rid of discolored lips
Although there is limited scientific evidence to support 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 light-colored lips, says an expert. Apply fresh lemon juice on your lips, leave it for a few minutes, then wash it off.
2. Rose water
Rose water is known for its moisturizing and soothing properties. Apply rose water on the lips with a cotton pad, wash it off after a few minutes.
Honey is known as a natural humectant and helps retain moisture. Apply honey to your lips and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before washing it off.
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4. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is moisturizing and can help improve lip texture. Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your lips and let it sit there.
Cucumber has soothing and moisturizing properties, so apply cucumber juice or a thin layer of cucumber on your lips and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
6. Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera has healing and moisturizing properties. Apply pure aloe vera gel on your lips and wash it off after 15-20 minutes.
The lipstick contains natural pigments that can give a subtle tint to the lips. Mix bazooka juice with coconut oil to create a natural lip balm and apply it to your lips as needed.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, says Dr. Mittal. Mix turmeric powder with honey to make a paste. Apply it on your lips, leave it for a few minutes and then wash it off.
Mint has a refreshing and cooling effect and you can use it by crushing the mint leaves. Apply the juice or leaves to your lips, leave on for 10-15 minutes before washing off.
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 washing off. You can also mix the oil with honey for added benefits.
The speed at which you can see results using these natural remedies for discolored lips can vary greatly. Individual reactions depend on factors such as the cause of discoloration, the severity of the condition, and the consistency and correctness of the remedies. Also, do a patch test to make sure you don’t experience an adverse reaction before using any of these treatments.
If you do not notice the desired changes or if the discoloration continues, consult a doctor.
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