How To Keep Your Lips Red Naturally?

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How To Keep Your Lips Red Naturally

Are you tired of your dark, dull, and discolored lips? Are you wondering how to make your lips red naturally? If you wish to have lips that look beautifully red without the mess of makeup, you have come to the right place. There are some amazing natural remedies for red lips. These natural home remedies for red lips can bring out the natural color of your lips. These amazing natural tricks may be used when your lips badly need a colorful boost. In this article, you will learn about the tips and tricks to keep your lips naturally red. Read on:

How Do Lips Become Discolored?

Before moving to the home remedies & tips to make lips red naturally, we first need to understand why lips get darkened and discolored. Here are some possible causes:

1. Sun exposure

Prolonged exposure to the UltraViolet radiation of the sun can result in lip hyperpigmentation. [1]

2. Smoking tobacco

Smoking is a major contributor to lip darkening because it can dry out the lips, and the toxic chemicals in tobacco can make the lips discolored. [3]

3. Allergic reactions

In some cases, allergic reactions to certain cosmetics like lipsticks or lip balms, can cause lip darkening. [5]

4. Dehydration

Dehydration can lead to dry, flaky lips that can eventually darken. [2]

5. Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation happens when the lips produce high amounts of the pigment called melanin, giving the lips a darker color. [1]

6. Medications 

Lips may darken due to certain medications like chemotherapy drugs. [7]

7. Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency causes anemia which in turn causes lip darkening. Due to anemia, your lips turn pale initially and eventually darken. [8]

8. Hormonal changes

Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause may cause lip darkening due to increased production of melanin. [6]

9. Genetics

Some people may be genetically predisposed to experience lip-darkening.

10. Caffeine intake

Caffeine can dehydrate your lips and later darken them. [4]

How To Get Red Lips Naturally Home Remedies

1. Exfoliate With Lemon and Sugar

Lemon is one of the best ways to stop melanin production in the lips and keep them red. It also contains high levels of vitamin C and flavonoids that help rejuvenate the skin of the lips and keep them shiny. [9]

To exfoliate with lemon, simply cut a slice of lemon and sprinkle some sugar on it. Rub this lemon slice on the lips for 2-3 minutes, and then gently wash with lukewarm water.

2. Apply Turmeric Pack

Turmeric is an excellent herb that blocks the production of melanin which causes hyperpigmentation. Furthermore, turmeric also contains antioxidants that help soothe irritated and dry lips and avoid excess melanin production. [10]

To make a turmeric lip pack, mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 teaspoon of milk and form a paste. Apply it to your lips and leave for 5 minutes. Then, gently scrub the paste off and cleanse your lips with lukewarm water. Don’t forget to apply a hydrating and refreshing lip balm afterwards. 

3. Make Aloe Vera Lip Balm

Aloe vera is a potent herb for preventing melanin production and keeping your lips red. It has anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties which further boost the health of your lips. [4]

To make aloe vera lip balm, scoop out some aloe vera gel from a fresh leaf and add a few drops of olive oil or coconut oil to it. Then, store it in a container and refrigerate it. You can apply this lip balm as many times as you like.  

4. Make a Pomegranate Seeds Pack

Pomegranate is highly beneficial for reducing skin pigmentation, preventing melanin production, and blocking the proliferation of melanocytes. Therefore, it is one of the best home remedies to maintain the red color of your lips. [12]

To make a pomegranate seeds pack, take ½ cup of pomegranate seeds and grind them in a smooth powder. Then, add milk to the powder and make a paste. Apply this paste to your lips and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Then, wash it off gently with lukewarm water.

5. Use Beetroot Juice

Beetroot is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and betanin (a dye obtained from beetroot), all of which help moisturize the lips and keep them red. In addition, beetroot also acts as a natural exfoliator and helps remove dead cells from the lips. [11]

To use beetroot on your lips, extract its juice and mix it with honey. Then, apply it to your lips. Alternatively, you can also cut a beetroot slice and rub it on your lips. 

6. Apply Rose Petal Paste 

Rose petals help nourish, soften, and lighten your lips naturally. It is an excellent remedy for discoloration and is also highly effective in moisturizing and hydrating the lips. [4]

To make rose petal paste, soak 5-6 fresh rose petals in ½ cup of milk overnight. Then, strain the petals and mash them to make a paste. Apply this paste to your lips and leave it for 10-15 minutes. If the paste becomes too thick to apply, you can add a few drops of milk to it. After 15 minutes, wash your lips with water.

When to seek medical help? [13]

After trying out these home remedies for red lips, you should see results within a few weeks. But, if the discoloration and darkening persist, and if you notice a bluish or purplish tint on your lips, you should seek medical help immediately. Bluish or purplish discoloration of the lips could indicate something far more serious such as:

  1. Poor oxygen circulation
  2. Heart failure
  3. Choking
  4. Pneumonia
  5. Poisoning
  6. Sepsis
  7. Shock
  8. Blood clots in the lungs

Also, if your lips continue to be pale and white even after trying out the lips reddening home remedies, that could indicate a drop in the blood sugar levels or severe anemia. So, in this case, too, medical help needs to be taken immediately.


1. How to keep my lips soft and red in the winter?

Always use a non-irritating, thick lip balm. Before going out, apply a lip balm with SPF 30. That way you can keep your lips soft and rosy even in the winter.

2. What are the most common lip care challenges in the winter?

The dry, cold air strips your lips of all the moisture and natural oils, making them utterly dry. When you are indoors, artificial heating appliances can aggravate the dryness.

3. Is coconut oil suitable for dark lips?

Yes, coconut oil may be used as a remedy for dark lips. The lauric acid, Vitamin E, and K in coconut oil can lighten dark lips.

4. Is malai or milk cream a remedy for dark lips?

Yes, it is. The fat in Malai moisturizes your dry, chapped lips effectively while the lactic acid in it lightens your dark lips.

5. Can I apply tomato pulp on my dry, dark lips?

Yes, tomato pulp is an effective home remedy for dry, dark lips. The pulp is rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants which can treat lip dryness and discoloration.


There are many causes for discolored or dark lips. However, you can easily prevent your lips from turning dark and maintain the red color of your lips with simple natural remedies for red lips. Instead of loading your lips with lipsticks and balms, you can try these tips on how to keep lips red with home remedies. These home remedies, if applied consistently, can yield results, making your lips look bright, red, and rosy!


This article has been written from a health and wellness perspective, and this is not a substitute for medical advice.


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  2. Adult Dehydration
  3. Association of lip pigmentation with smoking and gingival melanin pigmentation
  4. Management of Hyperpigmentation of Lips with 940 nm Diode Laser: Two Case Reports
  5. Allergic contact cheilitis due to lipstick
  6. Effects of hormonal changes in women on skin pigmentation
  7. Cancer Chemotherapy-associated Pigmentation of the Oral Mucosa
  8. Preventing anemia in women
  9. Natural skin-whitening compounds for the treatment of melanogenesis (Review)
  10. Are Natural Ingredients Effective in the Management of Hyperpigmentation? A Systematic Review
  11. Formulation and evaluation of lip card with betacyanin pigment of Beta Vulgaris (BEET ROOT) 
  12. Review on natural lip balm
  13. Blue skin and lips

Dr. Jyoti Lakhani

Dr. Jyoti has 15 years of experience in Clinical Practice, Research & Education in the field of Ayurveda with competency in acute & chronic conditions like Arthritis, Spondylitis, Osteoporosis, Sciatica etc. She has also expertise in treating Female Infertility disorders, other Gynecological Problems & General disorders.


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