How to get soft, pink lips
Winter is the time when lips tend to get chapped and dry. Lips are a delicate feature on our face that needs care. The skin in our lip area has only three layers and is prone to bleed when lips crack. Extreme climatic conditions can cause our lips to bleed.
Use a lip balm like Vaseline petroleum jelly in winters to soften lips and prevent them from bleeding. Lipsticks with inbuilt sunscreen (at least SPF 15) double as a lip balm and can give protection from the sun. Lip gloss too can give your lips a fuller look.
However, there are a few secrets to enhance the natural beauty of our lips. These range from natural home-made remedies and a good nourishing lifestyle for our health and beauty.
Have ample fibrous fruits like apples and drink 12-13 glasses of water daily. If your body is hydrated, your lips too will be supple and well-moistened. Alcohol and caffeine in huge quantities can darken lip colour. Smoking is another villain for our lips and so is constant biting or licking of lips. Licking lips lead to the thin skin in our lip area getting degraded as saliva contains digestive enzymes that have this effect on our lips. Lips cannot produce moisture as they lack sebaceous glands. All this can lead to lack-luster lips.
Apply some lip balm before applying lipstick as lipsticks tend to darken the lips. For darkened lips, drink or apply beet root juice to enhance our natural lip colour. Beet root juice helps our cheeks and skin too so drinking the juice leads to multiple benefits. Almond oil or honey applied regularly on lips can soften them and prevent chapped lips. In case of allergies or cracked, painful lips, rub “malai” or milk cream on them. Another option is to dab butter or “ghee” to heal them.
If you are working in extremely cold environs, cover your mouth with a scarf and avoid exposure to strong winds. Avoid a lot of sun, smoking and constant licking of lips. And also avoid lipsticks with alcohol as alcohol tends to dry our lips. Alcohol is an essential feature of lip sticks so should be used sparingly in youth when God-gifted lips are naturally pink.
Apply a protective cover to your lips with petroleum jelly before applying a facial mask. This tends to prevent our lips from getting exposed to the scrub ingredients that may cause some harmful effects.
With age, lips lose their shine. To enhance their sheen, opt for more fruits and salads to get vitamins and nutrients. A hydrated body from within will tend to show effects externally too on our face, skin, eyes or lips.