We all wish to have soft, pink and luscious lips but somehow it seems like a distant dream. This article is here for you. Learn to have pink lips as well as keep it.
Prepping your Lips
Use a lip brightening scrub.
Dull, colorless lips are usually the result of dead skin buildup. Many people regularly exfoliate their face, but forget their lips. Scrubbing your lips not only removes the dead skin to reveal new skin beneath, it increases circulation to bring more color to your lips. Try a homemade brightening scrub using the following ingredients:
- 1 teaspoon (5 g) sugar
- 1 teaspoon (5 mL) honey
- 1 teaspoon (5 mL) lemon juice
- A few drops of rose water
Try an exfoliating brush
If you don’t feel like making a scrub, use an exfoliating face brush or loofah on your lips. Simply wet them first and massage your top and bottom lips until all the dead skin has been sloughed off. When you’re finished, your lips should feel fresh and invigorated.
Or if you don’t have a special brush, just use a toothbrush! Take a clean toothbrush with soft bristles, wet it with water, and massage your lips using a circular motion. Rinse your lips and you’re done.
Try a lip serum to lighten your lips.
Certain ingredients produce mild irritation in your lips to make them look healthy and bright.
Try the following combinations to make your lips look vibrant:
- 1 teaspoon honey (5 mL) and 1/4 (1 g) teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon honey (5 mL) and 1/8 teaspoon (0.5 g) cayenne powder
- 1 teaspoon honey (5 mL) and 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 mL) peppermint extract
- 1 teaspoon honey (5 mL) and 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of lemon juice.
Rub a little on your lips and let it sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing it away.
Use a moisturizing balm.
Finish your routine with a good lip balm that will trap moisture inside to keep your looks looking shiny and healthy.
Steer clear of balms with chemicals that can dry out your lips. Use balms with natural ingredients like shear butter, beewax etc.
Keeping your lips bright and pink
Protect them from the sun.
Lip skin is like the skin on the rest of your body, in that it’s prone to sun damage. The sun will darken your lips and could cause moles and sunspots to form, so don’t forget to protect them when you go out in the sun. Use a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher to keep your lips looking pink.
Smoking darkens the lips over time, in addition to causing them to get wrinkled and thin. If you’re after full, pink lips, it’s time to kick the habit for good.
Lips that are cracked and chapped look unhealthy and feel painful. To avoid this problem, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. When you’re dehydrated, your lips are often the first place it shows.