Today I’m bringing you some tips and tricks to achieve better looking lips. Not everybody has naturally pink, plump lips - over time, lips can get darker or lighter. The reasons are various – stress, smoke, UV rays, less blood circulation in the lips, drinking coffee and so on. Anyway, dull lips can be transformed in rosy, attractive lips super quickly! You can achieve nice and smooth looking lips at home, using natural products you probably already have: before you ask for professional help, you can follow these simple steps!
Taking care of your lips
First of all, you need to exfoliate your lips: exfoliation increases blood flow to the lip area, so the lips will naturally look more rosy and plump. Try gently scrubbing your lips with a mix of sugar and oil. The grains of sugar will help remove the dry flakes on your lips, while the oil will nourish them and make them more plump. To do this, you can use a toothbrush or simply your fingers.
If you have the habit of constantly licking your lips, stop! Licking them will only make them drier.
Lightening your lips
Some good ways to lighten your lips are massaging them with a solution of lemon juice and almond or olive oil, or gently rubbing a slice of cucumber on them. You’ll soon notice that your lips look less dark and dull. If you notice your lips are getting darker, never forget to use sunscreen on them. Lips need protection from sunrays too!
Nourishing your lips
One of the most interesting “recipe” for getting good looking lips I found online consists of mixing two raspberries with a spoon of honey and two spoons of aloe vera gel, then applying the solution onto the lips for 5 minutes. You can do this even every day!
To make your lips more of a pink colour, you can apply carrot, beetroot, or pomegranate juice. The best natural ingredients to nourish your lips are honey, almond oil, olive oil, butter and milk. Also, try and drink as much water as you can: not only your lips, but your whole body will benefit from this.
Of course, you can also use make-up to achieve the perfect lip look. A very simple trick to make the lips appear fuller is applying lipgloss or a shimmery lipstick that’s lighter than the colour of your lips only on the center of your lips. Another way to make your lips stand out, especially if you’re wearing a bold lipstick, is applying a light concealer on the borders of your lips.
The last (and most obvious) piece of advice is: try and use lipbutters as much as you can! I always carry one with me and I apply it whenever I have free time. My favourites are the Nivea ones. They come in lots of different scents, they’re unexpensive, easy to get hold of and most of all they do their job! My absolute favourite is the Chamomile & Calendula one.
What’s your favourite way to take care of your lips?