I’ve always been the kind of person who paid a great deal of attention to grooming. And I’m not just talking about basics like showering daily or wearing deodorant. I ensured my skin was always moisturised, my heels always soft, my fingernails trimmed- you know, the little details we usually tend to ignore. But all that took a backseat when I started working. I neither had the time or patience to continue my grooming routine. And it got worse after Caili was born. I just couldn’t be bothered. I had other priorities now.
Though there weren’t any drastic changes with how I looked, one thing that stood out was my chapped and shrivelled lips. That was when I realised I had to go back to my routine. And all it took was a few months to get them back to their natural state. If you are wondering how to get pink lips, I have a few tried-and-tested methods that will really help you out! Let’s get into it!
How to get pink lips naturally?
If you are expecting some complicated methods, I’m happy to tell you that all it takes to get pink lips is a small lifestyle change and a simple routine. One that you have to be consistent with. Here are 5 things that really helped me get my lips healthy.
Just like the skin on your face and body, there is dead skin on your lips too. The dead skin is what gives your lips a sickly look like they haven’t had a drop of water in years. It’s very important to get rid of these dead skin cells and the best way to do it is through a scrub. There are a variety of lip scrubs available in the market but I prefer making my own. Mix a tbsp of sugar with half a tbsp of honey and half a tbsp of olive oil and your lip scrub is ready. Use the scrub in the night before going to bed. Exfoliate your lips for about 30 seconds with the mixture before wiping it with a warm wet towel.
I suggest using the scrub about twice a week. You can store the scrub in the fridge for up to two weeks in an airtight container.
If you are going to do just one thing on this list, let it be this. You will have to moisturise your lips just like you moisturise your skin. And I’m not talking about tinted lip balms. I’m talking about the regular lip balms that are only meant for moisturising. I love Burt’s Bees and Carmex lip balms. I always keep one on my bedside table and use it without fail before sleeping ever night. It’s also very important to use a lip balm after you moisturise your lips.
This is something that most of us do not pay attention to but should. We heap loads of sunscreen on our skin before stepping out while leaving our lips bare, save for some lip balm and lipstick. Your lips also need protection from the harmful UV rays. The sun rays can cause some irreparable damage to your lips in the long run and turn them dark. Use a lip balm with an SPF of at least 15 when you step out in the morning. Reapply as needed throughout the day.
This step is only for those who have really dry lips that no amount of lip balm can save. When your lips are a little too dry, you’ll need additional treatments to hydrate them. I suggest opting for lip oils and lip masks to give your lips that extra moisture. Avoid those silicon lip masks, they do nothing for your lips except make you look stupid. Laneige has an amazing sleeping lip mask and it’s quite affordable. I’ve used it before but since my lips aren’t that dry, I didn’t see the need to repurchase it.
I know, I know! If you had a penny for every time you heard this, you could get your lips permanently tattoed pink. But there is a reason everyone from dermatologists to skincare enthusiasts like me stress about this. If you do not hydrate from within, your lips won’t change, no matter what you do on the surface. Include a lot of antioxidant-rich food in your diet along with a good amount of water to ensure your skin and lips are healthy. While this doesn’t get rid of your acne or make your lips bright pink overnight, it definitely does help.
Other things to keep in mind to get pink lips!
- Smoking is one of the biggest causes of dark lips. Quit smoking ar try to cut down for the sake of your lips and your health.
- Avoid licking your lips often. Salvia can darken lips.
- Use quality lip products as cheap lipsticks, lip glosses, and lip balms can contain ingredients that cause more harm than good.
- Yes, that cherry-scented lip gloss might still smell like cherries after it’s expired but underneath the shine, it will slowly turn your lips dark. Never use expired products on your lips.
- Avoid going to bed with lip makeup on.
These tips really helped me get pink lips in no time. But remember, if your lips are naturally dark from birth, there is not much you can do. But these tips will definitely help keep them looking healthy and moisturised!