Cigarettes contain nicotine, which is the ingredient in cigarettes attributing to darkening or staining of the lips when smoking. The lips lose their natural pink color and darken, which is also called smoker’s lips. Smoking can also cause wrinkles in upper lips. The first thing you should do to bring the color back or reduce darkening is to discontinue the smoking habit. There are natural home remedies that have proven effective for many and all it takes is patience and time for the changes to start showing.
Home Remedies for Dark Smoker’s Lips
Berries such as raspberries and strawberries can also be used to get rid of the black lips problem. Take some honey, berries and some aloe Vera juice and make a paste. Apply the mixture to your dark lips and leave them for 5 minutes. Rinse the mixture off then apply some lip-balm. Raspberries are also known to contain vital vitamin and minerals that are needed to keep the lips vibrant and healthy.
Make a mixture of lime juice, honey and glycerin then apply it to your lips each night before bed. You can alternatively make a mixture of glycerin and crushed petals to lighten your lips. Rose petals are effective in removing the tinge on your lips caused by smoking.
3. Pomegranate and Strawberries
These are also home remedies used to give your lips that natural pink color and lighten your dark lips. Take pomegranate juice or some raw strawberries, apply to your lips and leave them for about 20 minutes. Afterwards, wash your lips using cold water then apply glycerin or lip-balm to have the lips moisturized.
Take almond oil and gently massage it onto your lips each day for the darkening to reduce. Massage your lips using coconut or almond oil then leave it overnight. This will not only moisturize your lips but also cure the darkened smoker’s lips, naturally giving it that pink color.
This is a known natural bleaching agent and is also very effective. Cut a beetroot slice then rub it on the lips. You can alternatively apply some beetroot juice to your lips to lighten them.
Natural Home Remedies for Teeth & Lip Discoloration
Home Remedies for Upper Lip Winkles Caused by Smoking
1. Lip Wrinkle Creams
There are lip wrinkle creams you can get over-the-counter and they are some of the best home treatments for upper lip wrinkles. Lip wrinkle creams reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smoker’s lines appearing around your lips. What’s more, there are some wrinkle creams which boost the production of collagen thus reducing upper lip wrinkles. Active ingredients contained in upper lip wrinkle creams include tea extracts, kinetin, copper peptides, Coenzyme Q10, hydroxyl acids and Retinol. These ingredients also help reduce wrinkles that have formed under the eyes.
2. Exfoliate and Moisturize
Exfoliation is normally done to eliminate our skin’s upper layer. Therefore, you can exfoliate your skin around the mouth area and lips on a regular basis so that you can get rid of the dead cells leaving you with new, tighter and brighter lips. You can do this by taking a mild scrub or soft baby brush to exfoliate the lips on a regular basis. Afterwards, you can lubricate the lips using a natural moisturizer. You can also use almond oil, Vitamin E oil, Olive oil and other natural oils to remove the vertical wrinkles and lines on your upper lip.
The following exercises will help reduce or even eliminate upper lip wrinkles. For noticeable results, frequently perform those exercises for about 4 weeks each day.
Exercise 1: Do this for a minimum of ten minutes each day. Place your fingers, book or hand against your lips and avoid pressing against your teeth.Next, open your lips against the resistance without wrinkling your skin. Mostly try to raise the upper lip then try with the lower lip.Performing this exercise on both lips will not only add youthfulness to your lips but will achieve balanced muscle toning. The best part is that you can do this exercise when reading, watching TV, or going about your daily activities.
Exercise 2: Place your index finger inside the two corners of your mouth such that they are slightly separated. Don’t stretch the mouth. With your lips slightly separated, try closing the lips and mouth against the finger resistance. This will tone your nose and lower chin facial muscles, which include the lower and upper lip muscles.Do this exercise for a minimum of about ten minutes each day.
Once you have reached your desired muscle level, you will be able to permanently maintain muscle tone by performing both exercises for about 5 to 10 minutes each day. Although many people will find this time adequate, there are some people who will need to exercise for a longer time if the upper lip wrinkles start reappearing. In such a situation, you will have to increase the maintenance time. Every person can find his/her own maintenance time to get rid of the upper lip wrinkles.