Everyone wants full, pink lips, but sometimes, nature has other ideas. Luckily, there are many ways to turn dark lips into rosy lusciousness.
All too often, lips darken because excess dead skin is left to sit on the surface. A couple of simple steps will help take your lips from dry and dark to dewy and dreamy.
Two Ways to Moisturise Your Lips
A lip balm containing a basic occlusive won’t fix darkness. Occlusives such as beeswax and petrolatum merely create a protective covering on the surface of the lips. They're good for preventing irritation and dehydration.
You need a balm containing a potent emollient ingredient—a hydrator that will sink in and hydrate. Good examples of a solid moisturising lip balm are:
- L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick
- Estée Lauder Nutritious Vitality8 Pomegranate Lip Balm
- Payot Stick Hydro-Nutritives Lip Balm
Another way to combat dry, dark lips is to utilise a humidifier in your home. Dry conditions contribute to your dry lip issues. A humidifier helps level out the humidity in the environment, making the air around you more comfortable for your lips.
Exfoliate Lips to Keep Them Bright
Lip scrubs are particularly important when trying to combat dark lips. Gentle exfoliation removes dead, darkened skin, stimulates circulation, and allows hydration to better penetrate the lips. The result? A fresh, bright appearance.
Use a lip scrub containing emollient ingredients as well as sugar to exfoliate. Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm is gentle on tender lip skin but still removes flakes from chapped lips. Your naturally bright lip colour will shine through.
Be careful not to over-exfoliate, as this can lead to dryness. Once a day—or more than once if you’re applying a heavy duty, long-wear lip colour—is enough to get lips on their way to a flattering, bright appearance.
A basic sugar scrub didn't help. Is there anything else I can do?
In desperate cases, gentle enzyme exfoliators can also help with lip darkness. Though you don’t want to treat the skin on your lips like the skin on your face, enzymes can improve some case of extreme, stubborn lip darkness.
How do enzyme exfoliators work?
Enzymes exfoliate by eating up dead skin, and some enzymes, such as papaya and pineapple, can be harsh on the lips. But Trilogy's product contains honey enzymes, which are much more gentle and appropriate for the lip area. Gentle Facial Exfoliant also contains camellia oil, which is incredibly nourishing and moisturising to the skin.
So go forth and get rid of those dark lips—but don’t go too hard! Treat your lips with love, and they’ll love you right back.