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Home Remedies for Dark LipsDo you have dark lips? Stop using expensive lip products! Stop fretting! We have compiled a list of 20 do-it-yourself home remedies for hiding and fading dark-colored lips.

Dark lips can have many causes. Eliminating these causes from your life can decrease or cure dark lips.

Causes of dark lips include:

  • Cigarette toxins
  • Sucking on lips
  • Caffeinated beverages
  • Alcohol
  • Chlorinated water
  • Sun exposure or humid temperatures
  • Poor or unbalanced diet
  • Low-quality cosmetics
  • Allergic reactions
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Overuse of fluoride
  • Stress
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Chemotherapy
  • Improper lifestyle habits

Try these long-lasting home remedies that rid dark colors, leaving your lips rosy pink!

DIY Home Remedies for Dark Lips

1. Lemon:

Lemon has a natural bleaching property that acts as skin lightening agent. The fresh lemon juice contains acidic content that peels off the top layer of the skin leaving the lips lighter, softer, and pink.

Method – 1: (Fresh Lemon Juice)

Ingredients:

  • Fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Process:

  • Apply fresh-squeezed lemon juice on the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Leave overnight and rinse with water the next morning.
  • Repeat nightly for a month or until results are visible.
  • Note: Applying lemon juice to chapped lips may cause pain and irritation.

Method – 2: (Lemon and Sugar)

Ingredients:

  • Lemon
  • Sugar

Process:

  • Cut a lemon into pieces.
  • Sprinkle sugar on one slice.
  • Rub the affected area with the sugar-coated lemon.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 3: (Lemon Juice, Glycerin and Honey)

Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon Lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon Glycerin
  • ½ teaspoon Honey

Process:

  • Combine equal quantities of lemon juice, honey, and glycerin in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Leave overnight and rinse with water the next morning.
  • Repeat frequently until results are visible.
  • Note: Alternately, use castor oil instead of honey.

Method – 4: (Lemon Juice with Almond Oil)

Almond oil moisturizes and prevents dryness and damage.

Ingredients:

  • Lemon juice
  • Almond oil

Process:

  • Mix lemon juice and almond oil in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Let it dry for 30 – 45 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat frequently until results are visible.

Method – 5: (Lemon Juice and Honey)

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Honey

Process:

  • Combine fresh-squeezed lemon juice and honey in a small bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area and massage for 5 minutes.
  • Let it dry.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

2. Rose:

Rose gives a natural pink glow to the lips. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties which soothes irritated skin and reduces sun damage.

Method – 1: (Rose Petals and Butter)

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 2 tablespoons Rose petals
  • 1 teaspoon Butter

Process:

  • Blend rose petals and butter to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 2: (Homemade Rose Petal Scrub)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Rose petals paste
  • 1 teaspoon Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Milk cream
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • Water

Process:

  • Combine crushed rose petals, milk cream, butter, honey, and water (if needed) in a bowl to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and rub gently for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Repeat twice weekly until results are visible.

Method – 3: (Rosewater and Honey)

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 4 drops Rose water
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Honey

Process:

  • Combine honey and rose water in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area
  • Repeat 3 – 4 times daily until results are visible.

Method – 4: (Rose Petals in Milk)

Ingredients:

  • Rose petals
  • Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Honey
  • Saffron

Process:

  • Soak rose petals in milk for an hour.
  • Remove the petals and grind them up.
  • Combine the petals, honey, and saffron to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently rub for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Let it dry for 15 – 20 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat twice daily until results are visible.

Method – 5: (Rose Petals with Glycerin and Castor Oil)

Ingredients:

  • Rose petals
  • Glycerin
  • Castor oil

Process:

  • Combine crushed rose petals, glycerin, and castor oil.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently rub for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 6: (Rosewater and Mint Juice)

Ingredients:

  • Rosewater
  • Mint juice

Process:

  • Combine rosewater and mint juice in a small bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area and massage for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 7: (Rose Petals Paste)

Ingredients:

  • Rose petals
  • Milk

Process:

  • Grind rose petals in milk to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and massage for 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Let it dry and rinse with water.
  • Repeat frequently until results are visible.

Method – 8: Homemade Rose Lip Balm:

Ingredients:

  • 12 to 15 drops Rose essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon Rosewater
  • 1.25 ounces (2 ½ tablespoon) Beeswax
  • 4 tablespoons Coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons Almond oil
  • Dropper
  • Chapstick molds or small jar for storage

Process:

  • Cut, grate, or scrape beeswax into slices.
  • Heat beeswax in a double boiler until melted.
  • Add all the rose oil, almond oil, coconut oil, and rosewater.
  • Use a dropper to pour the liquid into a chapstick mold or jar for storage. Once dry, it will look like commercial lip balm.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

3. Strawberries:

Strawberries have a lightening effect and are fully loaded with anti-oxidants and minerals and prevents the destruction of collagen and the formation of the wrinkles.

Method – 1: (Strawberries and Baking Soda)

Ingredients:

  • 5 to 6 Strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons Baking soda

Process:

  • Combine crushed strawberries and baking soda to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Leave overnight and rinse with water the next morning.
  • Repeat nightly until results are visible.

Method – 2: (Strawberry Juice)

Ingredients:

  • Strawberry juice
  • Cotton ball

Process:

  • Apply strawberry juice to the affected area using a cotton ball.
  • Let it dry for 5 – 10 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat frequently until results are visible.

Method – 3: (Strawberry Juice and Petroleum Jelly)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Strawberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons Petroleum jelly

Process:

  • Combine strawberry juice and petroleum jelly in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat twice daily until results are visible.

4. Almonds:

Almond is rich in nutrients and high amounts of vitamin E, B, B2, and B6, fatty acids, anti-oxidants, PP, and phytosterols.

Method – 1: (Powdered Almond and Milk)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Powdered almonds
  • Milk

Process:

  • Combine powdered almonds and milk in a small bowl to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Let it dry for 4 – 5 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 2: (Almond Powder with Fresh Milk Cream)

Fresh milk cream offers added moisturization.

Ingredients:

  • Almond powder
  • Fresh milk cream

Process:

  • Whip almond powder and fresh cream to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Let it dry for 4 – 5 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 3: (Almond Oil and Honey)

Ingredients:

  • 5 to 6 drops Almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon Honey

Process:

  • Mix honey and almond oil in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 4:

Ingredients:

  • Almond oil
  • Castor oil

Process:

  • Stir equal parts almond oil and castor oil in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 5:

Ingredients:

  • Almond oil
  • Coconut oil

Process:

  • Stir equal amounts of almond oil and organic coconut oil in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area and massage for 3 – 4 minutes before going to sleep.
  • Leave overnight and rinse with water the next morning.
  • Repeat nightly until results are visible.

Method – 6: (Almond Oil)

Ingredient:

  • Pure almond oil

Process:

  • Take sufficient amount of pure almond oil.
  • Apply almond oil to the affected area and gently massage before going to sleep.
  • Leave overnight.
  • Repeat nightly until results are visible.

6. Pomegranate:

Pomegranate is high in polyphenols, flavonoids, and anti-oxidants and keeps skin hydrated by sealing in moisture.

Method – 1:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Pomegranate seeds
  • Rosewater
  • Milk cream

Process:

  • Stir crushed pomegranate seeds, milk cream, and rosewater in a bowl to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 2:

Ingredients:

  • Pomegranate juice
  • Beetroot juice
  • Carrot juice
  • Cotton ball

Process:

  • Stir equal parts of pomegranate juice, carrot juice, and beetroot juice in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area with a cotton ball.
  • Leave it dry.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

7. Sugar:

Sugar is used to exfoliate the dead skin cells and prevent dark coloration.

Method – 1:

Ingredients:

  • 3 teaspoons Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Butter or olive oil

Process:

  • Combine sugar and either butter or olive oil in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently scrub for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Repeat 2 – 3 times weekly until results are visible.

Method – 2: (Honey and Sugar)

This combinational process helps to remove the dark and dead skin cells and thus provides the natural pink color to the lips.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar

Process:

  • Combine sugar and honey in a bowl to make a scrub.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 3:

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon Granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond oil

Process:

  • Combine granulated sugar, honey, and almond oil in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently scrub for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Repeat once weekly until results are visible.

Method – 4:

Ingredients:

  • Sugar
  • Cold cream

Process:

  • Combine sugar and cold cream in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Scrub gently for 2 – 4 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat once weekly until results are visible.

8. Turmeric and Nutmeg:

Turmeric heals the inflammation on the cracked and swollen lips. Nutmeg has antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Ingredients:

  • 50 grams Nutmeg
  • 50 grams Dried turmeric root
  • Cow’s ghee
  • 1 liter Milk
  • Pot
  • Clean cloth
  • Storage bottle

Process:

  • Heat milk in a pot and tie the pot’s mouth with a clean cloth.
  • Cut nutmeg into pieces and place it on the cloth.
  • Bring milk to a boil and reduce heat.
  • Simmer for 10 – 15 minutes while the milk vapor is absorbed into the nutmeg.
  • Remove nutmeg pieces and let it dry.
  • Grind nutmeg and turmeric root into a powder and combine. (Note: store in an airtight container.)
  • Combine powder and cow’s ghee to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat frequently until results are visible.

9. Fuller’s Earth:

Fuller’s earth whitens and cleanses skin while opening pores to clear dead skin cells.

Method – 1: (Fuller’s Earth and Honey)

Ingredients:

  • Fuller’s earth
  • Honey

Process:

  • Combine fuller’s earth and honey in a bowl to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Let it dry for 5 – 10 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat twice weekly until results are visible.

Method – 2: (Fuller’s Earth and Rose Water)

Ingredients:

  • Fuller’s earth
  • Rosewater

Process:

  • Combine fuller’s earth and rose water in a bowl to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and let it dry.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

10. Mustard Oil:

Mustard oil has high sources of fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and vitamin E.

Method – 1: (Mustard Oil)

This process is an age old remedy that applies oil on the belly button. This helps to provide all the nutrition from the belly button to the whole body.

Ingredient:

  • 1 to 2 drops Mustard oil

Process:

  • Massage mustard oil on your belly button.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 2: (Mustard Oil with Coconut Oil)

This method is great for better blood circulation.

Ingredients:

  • Mustard oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Cotton ball

Process:

  • Combine mustard oil and coconut oil in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Use a wet cotton ball to wipe off the oil.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

11. Olive Oil:

Olive oil make lips vibrant and contains essential nutrients leaving lips soft and beautiful.

Method – 1: (Olive Oil)

Ingredient:

  • Olive oil

Process:

  • Gently massage a few drops of olive oil to the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Repeat frequently until results are visible.

Method – 2: (Olive Oil and Sugar)

Ingredients:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar

Process:

  • Combine sugar and a few drops of olive oil in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently scrub for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Repeat once weekly for several months until results are visible.

Method – 3: (Olive Oil with Lime Essential Oil)

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lime essential oil
  • Cold water

Process:

  • Combine olive oil and lime essential oil in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area in a thick layer.
  • Let it dry for 30 – 45 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cold water.
  • Repeat three times daily until results are visible.

12. Coriander and Cumin Seeds:

Coriander and Cumin seeds are a rich source of anti-oxidants, essential volatile oils, vitamins, fatty acids, and minerals.

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams Coriander seeds
  • 100 grams Cumin seeds
  • 100 grams Candy sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • Saucepan

Process:

  • Dry roast coriander seeds and cumin seeds separately in a saucepan.
  • Grind the seeds and candy sugar into a powder. (Note: store in an airtight container.)
  • Combine 1 tbs of powder and 1 cup of water.
  • Ingest twice daily until results are visible.

13. Homemade Lip Balm:

Ingredients:

  • 10 grams Nutmeg powder
  • 10 grams Turmeric powder
  • 10 grams Cow’s ghee
  • 20 grams Beeswax
  • Airtight container
  • Double boiler

Process:

  • Heat beeswax in a double boiler until melted.
  • Add cow’s ghee and let it heat for 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and add nutmeg powder and turmeric powder.
  • Stir to make a paste. (Note: store in an airtight container.)
  • Apply balm to the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Repeat nightly until results are visible.

14. Beet Juice:

Beetroot is rich in anti-oxidants and stimulates blood cell reproduction. Its carotenoids and vitamin A improves blood circulation. Beetroot also adds natural coloration.

Method – 1: (Beetroot Juice)

Ingredient:

  • Fresh beetroot juice

Process:

  • Apply beet juice to the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Leave overnight and rinse with water the next morning.
  • Repeat nightly until results are visible.

Method – 2: (Beetroot Juice and Carrot Juice)

Ingredients:

  • Beetroot juice
  • Carrot juice

Process:

  • Combine equal parts carrot juice and beetroot juice in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Let it dry for 10 – 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 3: (Beetroot juice, Pineapple Juice and Coconut Oil)

Pineapple clears dead skin and coconut oil keeps lips hydrated.

Ingredients:

  • Beetroot juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Coconut oil

Process:

  • Mix equal parts beetroot juice, pineapple juice, and organic coconut oil in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Let it dry for 3 – 5 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat frequently until results are visible.

15. Raspberries:

Raspberries have vital minerals and vitamins which keeps lips healthy and vibrant.

Method – 1: (Raspberry Juice with Aloe Vera and Honey)

Ingredient:

  • 1/2 tablespoon Raspberry juice
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Honey
  • Lukewarm water

Process:

  • Combine raspberry juice, aloe vera gel, and honey in a bowl to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently scrub for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Let it dry for 10 – 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat 3 – 4 times weekly until results are visible.

Method – 2: (Raspberry with Lemon Juice and Honey)

Ingredients:

  • Raspberry juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey

Process:

  • Combine equal parts raspberry, honey, and lemon juice in a bowl to make a balm.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Let it dry for 5 – 10 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

17. Honey:

Honey is a natural moisturizer and softens lips thus restores natural lip color. Honey is also great for treating chapped lips.

Method – 1: (Honey)

Ingredients:

  • Honey
  • Lukewarm water

Process:

  • Take sufficient amount of honey and apply this on the lips at night time before going to bed.
  • Massage it gently for a minute or two and leave it for overnight.
  • In the next morning, wash the honey applied lips with lukewarm water.
  • Do this process daily at night time to keep your lips pink in color.
  • Repeat frequently until results are visible.

Method – 2:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Gram flour
  • Lukewarm water

Process:

  • Combine equal parts of honey, yogurt, and gram flour in a bowl to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Let it dry for 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 3: (Honey with Turmeric Powder)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon Hone
  • 1 tablespoon Turmeric powder

Process:

  • Combine honey and turmeric powder in a bowl to make a thick paste.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave it dry for 2 – 3 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat frequently until results are visible.

Method – 4: (Honey and Milk)

Ingredients:

  • Honey
  • Raw milk

Process:

  • Combine honey and raw milk in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Let it dry for 30 – 40 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

18. Cucumber:

Cucumber is a natural lightening agent and offers relief from pain or inflammation.

Method – 1: (Cucumber)

Ingredient:

  • Cucumber slices

Process:

  • Gently rub cucumber slices on the affected area for 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Method – 2: (Cucumber Juice)

Ingredient:

  • 1 teaspoon Cucumber juice
  • Cotton ball

Process:

  • Apply cucumber juice to the affected area using cotton ball or your fingers.
  • Let it dry or leave overnight by applying before going to sleep.
  • Repeat regularly for 15 – 20 day or until results are visible.

19. Tomato and Heavy Cream:

Tomato has an astringent property which lightens skin while heavy cream moisturizes.

Ingredients:

  • Tomato pulp
  • Heavy Cream

Process:

  • Blend equal parts tomato pulp and heavy cream to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Repeat frequently until results are visible.

20. Homemade Natural Scrub:

This scrub clears dead skin cells and leaves skin smooth. Turmeric powder clears dirt, dead cells, and other impurities. Milk helps to moisturize the lips.

Ingredients:

  • Turmeric powder
  • Milk
  • Soft tooth brush

Process:

  • Add turmeric powder and milk in a bowl to make a paste.
  • Using a soft bristled tooth brush, apply to the affected area and gently massage for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Rinse with water and pat dry.
  • Apply lip balm (homemade lip balm is preferred).
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Additional Applications for Soft Lips:

Try using some of these items to lighten dark lips and leave your lips soft.

  • Ice
  • Potato juice
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Walnut Scrub
  • Almond scrub
  • Pineapple
  • Papaya pulp
  • Butter
  • Orange peel
  • Glycerin
  • Coriander leaves(Leave it overnight)
  • Aloe vera or aloe vera leaf
  • Topical cream
  • Add few drops of tea oil in natural lip balm and apply this daily .
  • Soak saffron and curd in a bowl for 15 – 20 minutes. Apply this and massage it gently for a minute.
  • Applying pineapple and papaya pulp by mixing them in equal quantity will help to prevent black lips.

Tips:

  1. Natural applications are always better than artificial lip care.
  2. Drink at least 8 – 10 glasses of water daily as dehydration causes dark lips.
  3. Use lip products containing SPF or UV protectors, especially if you’re going outside.
  4. Consult a doctor to know whether dark lips occur naturally or due to a nutrition deficiency or before using creams as it can cause harm to you. Always follow the doctor’s suggestions properly.

Have you tried any of these methods? Do you know any other methods to treat dark lips? Share your experience with us!

20 comments
  1. Hi,

    I’m Swaleha. 25 years. I have hypothyroidism & hormonal imbalance. My lips are very dry n dark..I’m applying chaptex lip balm on my lips… Can you suggest what can I do to get rid of my dark lips?

    These home remedies are good & i’ll try this to get rid of dark lips.

    1. Dear Swaleha,
      First of all, you can try home remedies such as cucumber juice, lemon juice, almond oil, rose water on lips. It is most effective for a dark lip. You can also try a good lip balm which gives you a smooth and shiny lip.

  2. i am one of the female who is affected with dry lips since when i was 10 and i wounder why this thing happen to me because i never smoke, drink beer and so on. so now i got this information from the internet so i try my best to apply some of the instruction which is given. what is the method for apply glycerine to dry lips?

    1. Take a teaspoon of honey and add few drops of glycerine into it. Mix well and apply it on the lips and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with water. Apart from that moisturize your lips with coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil.

    1. Try above mentioned remedies, apart from that drink at least 8 glasses of water, use lip products containing SPF or UV protectors before going out.

    1. Try any method mentioned above in the article. Apart from that drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and exfoliate regularly.

    1. Try lemon or honey and sugar methods to bring back the color. Apart from that, drink plenty of water and include vitamin B & C foods in your diet.

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