They say the best thing a woman can wear is her smile. Pink lips give confidence and satisfaction with own self and both of them are very important to bring out the best from within. It won’t be the glamorous dress that you will wear or the makeup, it is, after all, a genuine and natural smile that will turn all eyes and fetch you all the attention. But, how do you deal with a situation where you do have all the attention but for all the wrong reasons.

Dark lips are becoming a major problem nowadays. It could be the excess exposure to the sun that is making it darker or it could be due to improper lip care routine. Having dark or chapped lips can be a problem not just because of the appearance being unattractive but also how unhealthy it is! Imagine talking to someone up close and all they do is look at that skin that is getting peeled off from your lips. Before figuring out the way to deal with it, finding out the reasons for dark lips is important. This way, you can use a remedy that best suits you.

Causes Of Dark-Chapped Lips
Home Remedies To Treat Dark Lips
DIY Lip Scrubs
Lip Peel Off Masks
Overnight Lip Care
DIY Lip Balm
Top 6 Indian Lip Care Products For Lips

Causes Of Dark-Chapped Lips



There are various reasons your lips can become a few shades darker than normal, which might badly affect the overall appearance of your lips.

Dryness

  • A cause due to less consumption of water and fresh fruits.
  • Climatic changes are also a factor for dryness.
    – Can be treated by consuming a minimum of 8 glasses of water.
    – Avoid alcohol or excess coffee, as it adds onto the dehydration.

Lifestyle

  • Smoking can cause dark pigmented spots on lips.
  • Not following an exfoliating process can lead to dead skin and in turn dark lips.
  • Avoiding sunblock also contributes to it.
    – You can quit smoking to permanently eliminate the problem.
    – Following a proper cleanse-exfoliate-moisturise process followed by a sunblock can help as well.

Lip Products

  • Certain formulas in the lip product work against the skin causing reactions and dark patches.
  • Chemicals in some lip care products can cause dark spots too.
    – Avoid cheap products at any cost.
    – Tone and moisturise before using any product to avoid pigmentation.

Sun Exposure

  • Sun exposure is responsible for melanin formation on the lips which leads to pigmentation.
    – Avoid the sun between 10:30 Am to 4:30 Pm.
    – Use products with an SPF 30 and above.
    – Apply a sunblock 30 minutes before stepping out.

Some Medications

  • There are a lot of medicines like Isotretinoin, antidepressants, antibiotics and chemotherapy capsules that can cause dry and dark skin.
    – While avoiding this isn’t possible, one can always try natural remedies and scrubbing to fade it as much as possible.

Smoking

  • Nicotine present in cigarettes is the reason for dark spots on the lips.
    – Quitting smoking is the only way to eliminate this permanently.
Lip care

Home Remedies To Treat Dark Lips

Well, due to any of those reasons you might have got dark lips. But, what next? Don’t consider and accept it as a part of your life yet. They aren’t permanent until you don’t treat them and leave it just like that. An instant fix can help to take the pigmentation away and leave it with pink lips that will grab everyone’s attention.

Refer to any of these lip care home remedies given below and you will not be too far from getting hydrated baby soft lips.

Coconut Oil Care
Almond Oil Cure
Lemon Honey Lip Serum
Glycerine Cure
Aloe Vera treatment
Apple Cider Vinegar as a cure
Baking Soda to get of darkness
Beetroot Slice
Cucumber Juice
Rosewater for dark lips
The Lip Balm Treatment
Pomegranate Seed mask
Crushed Rose Petals treatment
Cocoa and Chocolate Therapy
Sugar And Olive Oil treatment
Milk and Turmeric treatment
Strawberry Lip Treatment
Coriander Lip Treatment

Coconut Oil Care

Ingredients Quantities
Coconut oil A few drops
Bowl 1

Process:

  1. Take a bowl and add a few drops of coconut oil into it.
  2. Take the oil on your fingertips, and apply this onto your lips.
  3. Spread evenly.
  4. Apply coconut oil every day before going to bed as well.

You can use this remedy every time your lips go dry.

Coconut oil is known to have fatty acid[6] that helps in nourishing the skin and keeping it hydrated.

Almond Oil Cure

Ingredients Quantities
Almond oil A few drops
Bowl 1

Process:

  1. Take a bowl and add a few drops of almond oil into it.
  2. Using your fingertips, apply this onto your lips.
  3. Massage it for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Leave it on for overnight.

You can use this every night before going to bed.

Almond oil[7] is known to have emollients that help in nourishing the skin and rejuvinating it. It also contain properties that are known to cure discolouration and lightening the shade of your lips.

Lemon Honey Lip Serum

Ingredients Quantities
Lemon juice As per requirement
Honey As per requirement
Soft cloth 1
Water As required.

Process:

  1. Take a bowl and add 1 part lemon juice and 1 part honey into it.
  2. Mix really well.
  3. Coat a thick layer of this mix onto your lips
  4. Leave it for an hour.
  5. Using a soft wet cloth, wipe it off your lips.

You can use this a few times in a day.

This is the easiest way to get rid of dark lips at the very convenince of your home. The tan can be easily removed using this technique as the citrus extract from lemon is perfect for detanning.

The honey works as a nourishing agent which also hydrate the skin of the lips. You can always make it in bulk and store it in your fridge. It wont go bad for a week.

Glycerine Cure

Ingredients Quantities
Glycerine A few drops
Cotton swab 1

Process:

  1. Take a bowl and add a few drops of glycerine in it.
  2. Dip your cotton swab in it.
  3. Apply it thoroughly onto your lips using the glycerine-dipped swab.
  4. Let it stay overnight.

You can use this every night before going to sleep.

One of the beauty benefits of Glycerin is curing dark lips. While dryness can lead to dark skin the quickest, glycerine help in keeping the moisture locked in the lips preventing them from drying out.

Aloe Vera Treatment

Ingredients Quantities
Aloe Vera Gel 1/2 Tsp
Bowl 1


Process:

  1. Take a bowl and add half a tsp of aloe vera gel into it.
  2. Using your fingers, apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel onto your lips.
  3. Leave it to dry.
  4. Once dried, wash using lukewarm water.

You can use this every day to get faster results.

Aloe vera [8]is known to have aloesin which is a flavonoid. Its compounds inhibit a certain pigmentation process that helps curing dark lips by making the shade lighter. Aloe vera also helps in rejuvinating the skin by providing abundance of nutrients.

Apple Cider Vinegar As a Cure

Ingredients Quantities
Apple cider vinegar 1 Tsp
Water 1 Tsp
Cotton 1 ball

Process:

  1. Take a bowl and add 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp of water in it. Mix well.
  2. Dip a cotton ball into this concoction.
  3. Apply the diluted apple cider vinegar on your lips using the cotton ball.
  4. Leave it to dry.
  5. Rinse it after 10-12 minutes using lukewarm water.
  6. Pat dry.

You can use this concoction every day.

ACV acts as natural lightening and bleaching agent due to the alpha hydroxy acid present in it. Its acidic nature contributes towards lightening the lips and reducing pigmentation.

However, do not leave this concoction overnight as the acidic nature of apple cider vinegar can damage the skin and also strip off the hydration from it.


Baking Soda To Get Rid Of Darkness

Ingredients Quantities
Baking Soda 1 Tsp
Water As required
Lip balm or olive oil A pinch/a few drops
Toothbrush Optional

Process:

  1. In a bowl, mix1 tsp baking soda and a little water till it reaches a paste-like consistency.
  2. Apply a thick layer of this paste onto your lips and scrub it either using your fingers or a toothbrush.
  3. Keep scrubbing for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Then, rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
  5. Apply a lip balm or a few drops of olive oil to seal the scrubbing effect.

You can use this baking soda paste every alternate day.

Scrubbing[9] baking soda on your lips can help you get rid of dead cells which can also be a reason for dark pigmentation on the lips. Olive oil or lip balm will provide the moisture that it has lost.


Beetroot Slice

Ingredients Quantities
Red beetroot A slice
Knife 1

Process:

  1. Take a chopping board and using a knife to cut a slice of beetroot.
  2. Store it in the refrigerator for cooling.
  3. In your leisure time, massage your lips using this beetroot slice.
  4. Wash the beetroot juice off your lips after 15-20 minutes.

You can use this technique once everyday.

Beetroots juice is known to remove the tan off lips and it naturally adds a pinkish shade to it. It also helps in cleaning the lips and moistiurising it leaving them soft and supple. The antioxidants present in beetroot juice help keep the skin nourished and young.

Cucumber Juice

Ingredients Quantities
Cucumber juice A few drops
Cotton ball 1

Process:

  1. Blend half a cucumber to take out its juice.
  2. Transfer it into a bowl.
  3. Leave it in the fridge for a few hours.
  4. Soak the cotton ball into the cold juice and apply it onto your lips.
  5. Leave it on for at least 20-30 minutes.
  6. Finally, remove it by washing it away.

You can use the cucumber juice on your lips everyday and following it regularly for a good 15-20 days will give you hydrated, nourished lips.

Due to the amount of water present in cucumber, it hydrates the skin of the lips, rejuvinating and nourishing it from the deepest layer.

Rosewater For Dark Lips

Ingredients Quantities
Rosewater A few drops
Cotton ball 1
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Process:

  1. Take a bowl and put a few drops of rosewater in it.
  2. Refrigerate this for a few hours till it becomes cool to use.
  3. Soak the cotton ball in it and apply the rosewater onto your lips.
  4. Rub the cotton ball a few times on the lips.
  5. Leave the rosewater on for overnight.

You can use this treatment every night before going to bed.

Rosewater is known to increase the blood flow in the lips. It helps in healing the dead skin faster, nourishing it from the deepest layer. Rose water also helps in cell renewal and lightening of the dark lips.

The Lip Balm Treatment

Ingredients Quantities
Lip balm 1
Soft toothbrush/ washcloth 1

Process:

  1. Use a lip balm of a thick consistency and apply it onto your lips.
  2. Sleep on it.
  3. Once you wake up in the morning, use a soft damp toot brush or a damp cloth to exfoliate your lips.
  4. Wipe off the excess lip balm that might remain on the lips.
  5. Voila! You are one step closer to reach permanent pink baby soft lips that also look hydrated.

You can use this every night before going to bed as it acts as a night treatment. Exfoliating your lips time to time helps in removing any of the dead cells that form on it due to varied reasons. It also helps in rejuvinating and moisturising the lip.

Pomegranate Seeds Mask

Ingredients Quantities
Crushed Pomegranate seeds Handful
Cold milk cream As required

Process:

  1. Take a pomegranate and cut it open. Take the seeds out and crush them.
  2. Mix these crushed seeds with cold milk cream.
  3. Add enough cold milk cream so that it attains a paste-like consistency.
  4. Clean your lips using water and apply this onto it.
  5. Leave it on for 10 minutes.
  6. After 10 minutes, wash it off using warm water.

You can use this mask 2-3 times in a week. It will help you to gradually deal with dark lips.

This procedure works really well because of a compound that is present in pomegranate named ‘punicalagins’. This particular compound restrains the melanin production that is known to add pigment on the lips and prevent it from any sort of discolouration.

Crushed Rose Petals Treatment

Ingredients Quantities
Rose Petal 5-6
Milk 1/2 cup

Process:

  1. Take a bowl and pour half a cup of milk in it.
  2. Now, add 5-6 rose petals into it.
  3. Leave it overnight.
  4. In the morning, squeeze out the milk from the petals and using a pestle and mortar to make a paste out of it.
  5. Apply this paste onto your lips and leave it on for 15 whole minutes.
  6. Wash off using cold water.

This treatment can be done everyday as it is very gentle and in no way will harm the lips.

Rose petals are packed with natural oils and sugars and they help in locking the moisture for the dry skin cells. Milk, on the other hand, is a natural moisturizer that makes the lips soft and supple. Rose petals are also anti-inflammatory in nature and can be used if there are any cuts due to dry skin burns.

Cocoa and Chocolate Therapy

Ingredients Quantities
Cocoa butter 1 Tsp
Unsweetened dark chocolate Two squares
Vitamin E capsule 1
Dark spot on lip
Lip Scrub

Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub

  1. Take a bowl and add 4 tbsp of almond (or) jojoba (or) olive oil, 1 tbsp of beeswax and 1 tbsp of honey in it.
  2. Using the double boiler method, melt these ingredients so that they get intermixed properly with each other.
  3. Remove the mix away from the flame and quickly add 7 drops of lavender essential oil, cocoa powder (if required) in the mix. Also, puncture 3 vitamin E capsule and add their content too in the same mixture. Mix them all well.
  4. Pour this mix into a container and allow it to cool.
  5. Let it solidify.
  6. Scoop out some of it every time you are done scrubbing your lips and use it as a regular balm to nourish your lips well.

Vanilla Orange Lip Balm

Ingredients Quantities
Coconut oil 1 tbsp
Olive oil 1 tbsp
Grated beeswax 2 Tsp
Shea butter 2 Tsp
Orange essential oil 6-8 drops
Vanilla extract 1/8 Tsp

Process:

  1. Take a glass bowl and using the double boiler method, melt down 1 tbsp of coconut oil, 1 tbsp of olive oil 2 Tsp of shea butter and 2 Tsp of grated beeswax.
  2. After melting, add 6-8 drops of orange essential oil and 1/8th Tsp of vanilla extract to it.
  3. Mix them well.
  4. Once cooled, transfer it into a lip balm jar.
  5. Apply it whenever needed.

Grapefruit Lip Balm

Ingredients Quantities
Castor oil 1 tbsp
Shea butter 1 tbsp
Coconut oil 2 tssp
Grapefruit essential oil 1/4 Tsp
Powdered beetroot Optional
Beeswax 1 tbsp

Process:

  1. Take a glass bowl and add 1 tbsp of shea butter, 2 Tsp of coconut oil, 1 tbsp beeswax and 1 tbsp of castor oil in it.
  2. Using the double boiler method, melt all these ingredients.
  3. To this, add 1/4 Tsp of grapefruit essential oil and powdered beetroot for colour.
  4. Mix all the ingredients well and transfer it into a small container.
  5. Store it in the refrigerator.
  6. Apply it whenever required.

Burt Bee Lip Balm

Ingredients Quantities
Beeswax 20 gm
Cocoa butter 20 gms
Sunflower oil 45 gms
Rosemary essential oil 2 drop
Peppermint essential oil Optional
Lanolin Pea-sized

Process:

  1. Take a bowl and add 20gm of beeswax, 20 gms of cocoa butter, 45 gms sunflower oil, and pea size lanolin in it.
  2. Using the double boiler method melt all these ingredients.
  3. Once melted, add 2 drops of rosemary essential oil and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil (optional).
  4. Mix them well.
  5. Transfer in a glass container.
  6. Voila! your homemade imitation of Burt bee lip balm is ready.

Following the technique of cleaning, scrubbing and moisturising have never gone wrong for the lips. You can now make your own scrub and your own homemade lip balm to use every time you feel your lips need that extra care. And the best part? Both the scrub and the balm can be made in abundance and stored in the refrigerator for later use as well. Another benefit of making a scrub and a balm at home is that you can always customise it with the kind of essential oils that suit you.

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However, if you still wish to buy a market product instead of making one at home we are sure shot going to help you with that as well. Listing below, the top 5 products that will do wonder if you welcome them in your lip care regime:

Top 6 Indian Lip Care Products For Lips



Listing down the top 6 Indian lip care products that will help in reducing pigmentation from your lips and helping them become rosy pink. Using these is super easy, all you have to do is apply them properly and let it sit to do its wonder. They are easily available both online and at local shops, for you to pick up include in your lip care regime.

Biotique Bio Almond Overnight Therapy Lip Balm

12 g – Rs 200/-

  • Positive results from the very first usage.
  • Cures dry, chapped and dark lips.
  • Overnight balm helps in rejuvenating from within.
  • Apply it right before going to sleep it will give the best results.
  • Contains oil like sunflower, almond, castor and Kusuma for moisture.
  • Be patient with this product.

Biotique Bio Almond Overnight Therapy Lip Balm

Himalaya Herbals Natural Moisturizing Lip Butter

10 g- Rs 140/-

  • Affordable.
  • Cures dark lips.
  • Last 3-4 months.
  • Butter help in hydrating the skin making it soft.
  • It is an all natural hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested product.
  • Not greasy
  • Travel-friendly
Himalaya Herbals Natural Moisturizing Lip Butter

Biotique Bio White Whitening Lip Balm

12 g- Rs 175/-

  • A 100% natural product.
  • Visible difference from the second usage itself.
  • Also cures smoker’ dark lips.
  • Aloe vera helps in nourishment.
  • Comes with SPF 30.
  • Use this as a night treatment for best results.

Biotique Bio White Whitening Lip Balm

Khadi Natural Wine Grapefruit Lip Balm

5 g- Rs 100/-

  • Cures chapped and pigmentation
  • Lightweight.
  • Smells amazing.
  • Gets absorbed rather quickly.
  • 100% natural product.
  • Paraben-free, no preservatives.
  • Gives best results when used as an overnight treatment.
  • Make the lips look plump and fuller.
Khadi Natural Wine Grapefruit Lip Balm

Lotus Herbals Velvety Rose Lip Therapy 

4gm- 165/-

  • Rehydrates the lips.
  • Repair dark and chapped lips.
  • Nourishes and moisturise the lips.
  • Comes with SPF 15.
  • Shea butter comes with excellent softening properties
  • Is not sticky at all.
  • Gives a mattifying effect instead of a shine.
  • Last long on the lips.

Shahnaz Husain’s Vedic Solution Shashine Lip Balm

10gm- 325/-

    • Protect lips from damage.
    • Nourishes it and make it soft and supple.
    • Work to repair dark lips.
    • Work against dry chapped lips/
    • Comes packed with vitamins and emollients.
  • Has a glossy finish.
  • It is suitable for all skin types.
  • Shahnaz Husain’s Vedic Shahine lip balm is 100% natural.
Shahnaz Husain’s Vedic Solution Shashine Lip Balm
Just a little time out before going to sleep to ensure that your lips are well scrubbed and hydrated is all that is required to achieve something that now might seem impossible. Using certain homemade products will bring all the difference that is required. Lips might be just a part of your face which is really tiny, but it is the one that grasps the most attention. And well, why not take care of something that is responsible for defining your smile!

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Vani Kambali

Health and Wellness Content Writer at Glowpink
Health and wellness content writer at Glowpink, I find my solace in the words that I cook and serve to people for them to benefit from it. With my growing interest in health, wellness and travel sectors, I concentrate on capturing the things that I read and see from my eye and deliver it to people in the crispest manner for them to experience and take back something from it.
The story of my life- I hate writing, I love having written- Dorothy Parker
Vani Kambali

Vani Kambali

Health and Wellness Content Writer
Health and wellness content writer at Glowpink, I find my solace in the words that I cook and serve to people for them to benefit from it. With my growing interest in health, wellness and travel sectors, I concentrate on capturing the things that I read and see from my eye and deliver it to people in the crispest manner for them to experience and take back something from it. The story of my life- I hate writing, I love having written- Dorothy Parker

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