Between talking, eating, and kissing, your lips are kind of a big deal. As such, it’s unsurprising how much wear and tear can ensue from overuse and exhaustion. Further, consequences can range anywhere from excessive dryness to permanent discolouration. We know that your lips are often at the centre of attention, because let’s face it, every time you encounter someone and start a conversation, it’s show time for your biological microphone. Here are a few restorative tips for dry and dark lips.
Coffee consumption has become a ritualistic portion of beginning a new day and we know it might be difficult to loosen the grip on your mug handle, but we’re advising you so for good reason. Decreasing your coffee intake can significantly reduce darkness around your lips. Aim for a less stain-worthy alternative like herbal tea, and add a little milk to lighten the colour.
Keeping with the trend of liquid consumption, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drinking a minimum of 2 Liters of water per day can moisten your lips and decrease dryness. We recommend this especially if your day consists predominantly of public speaking. The more you talk, the dryer your lips become. Try taking sips of water at 5-minute intervals when speaking.
Avoid licking your lips. It is certainly a tempting habit most commonly practiced when there is a lack gloss or balm or as a mechanism for coping with nerves and social awkwardness. Instead, keep a lip balm close and when that’s not possible, reach for the closest bottle of water.
For a natural remedy that works overnight to restore your lips to its natural colour, apply a small amount of almond oil to your lips just before bed. The properties of natural almond oil helps to lighten your lips. Alternatively, you can apply some cucumber juice daily to decrease discolouration—it doesn’t hurt to drink some either, cucumber is loaded with anti-oxidants.
Don’t get too hung up on how your lips look right now, implementing these tips will have you talking and laughing again in no time!