If you take a look around you’ll notice that the natural colour of our (Indian) lips is a darker shade of pink, not the typical magazine perfect pink we’d like for it to be. Some of this is obviously hereditary, but some of it is affected by our everyday habits. Of course there is always the option of covering them up with our favourite lip colour, but for those of us in search for naturally rosy lips, here are a few things that can help…
 

Keep those lips well moisturised

Keep those lips well moisturised

One of the biggest reasons your lips are taking on a darker colour than they should is because they aren’t hydrated enough. And the reason why your lips are dehydrated is hidden in your lifestyle choices like not drinking enough water, smoking, or not being careful when out in the sun. To acquire those moisturized, plump and pink lips you can totally rely on Lakmé Lip Love. With an inner core that moisturises lips and the outer core that lends them a burst of colour, it’ll work double time.

 

Limit sun exposure

Limit sun exposure

Your lips are a lot more delicate than the rest of your facial skin and sun exposure can do them just as much damage as it does to your face. UV rays cause hyperpigmentation as they increase the melanin pigment in the lips, which is known to lend the lips its natural pink colour. Fret not, there are a lot of products in the market that offer SPF protection as well as hydration so find what works best for you. We also swear by the tried and tested umbrella to offer you all-round protection.

 

Healthier lifestyle choices

Healthier lifestyle choices

Your lip colour could also depend on your unhealthy lifestyle choices; smokers often tend to have darker lips, as do women who use lipsticks that are well past their expiry date. Be wise enough and throw away expired lipsticks as old beauty products are major carriers of bacteria and could easily harm your luscious lips to a great extent.

 

Exfoliate your way to healthy lips

Exfoliate your way to healthy lips

One of the best ways to get healthy, luscious lips is by knowing how to exfoliate lips. Well, the answer is taking a toothbrush, which acts as an exfoliating brush for the lips and putting some petroleum jelly on it. Rub the brush against your lips gently. This will help remove the dead skin from your lips and reveal baby soft lips instead.

 

Cut out coffee

Cut out coffee

Of course, you love your endless cups of coffee but do you realise that’s also the reason behind your lips turning dark? Caffeine is diuretic and promotes the production of urine. This implies that the water levels in your body will deplete leaving your skin and lips de-hydrated. Hence, if you truly want to bid adieu to dark lips, try reducing the coffee intake or replace each cup of coffee with six cups of water.

Pretty pink lips, here we come!