Manisha Chopra , Cosmetologist, Co-founder, SeaSoul Cosmeceuticals writes for The Insider!
Regularly exfoliate your lips to gradually get rid of the darker hue that they have taken on. The simplest way to do this is to smear some petroleum jelly on an extra soft toothbrush. Run the brush gently over the lips in a circular motion for a couple of minutes. Wash them with lukewarm water and finish off the process by applying some virgin olive oil on them for added protection.
In order to undo the deleterious effects of smoking and to prevent further darkening, it is imperative that you keep yourself hydrated. You must consume at least 8 glasses of water a day for better lip health. Dehydration can lead, not only to chapped, but also pigmented lips.
A paste of lemon and honey works wonders as a bleaching and softening agent. You can also swap the honey for glycerin or turmeric. Soak rose petals in milk and apply this concoction to the lips. Rose petals lend a pinkish hue to damaged lips and revive their natural colour.
Careful cosmetic usage
Perennial use of lipsticks can worsen your problem of Smokers’ Lips. If possible, limit your usage of lipsticks. However, given your work profile, if wearing lip colour is essential to your overall look, you must be very careful about the kind of lipstick you are wearing. Besides ensuring that you buy only reputed brands, try to find products that have Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E as they help keep your lips nourished and prevent darkening.
|Manisha Chopra- Co-Founder SeaSoul
Reduce caffeine consumption
If you’re tackling the challenge of Smokers’ Lips, it would be a good idea to reduce or completely give up on tea and coffee. Caffeine can stain your lips and teeth, while Tannin in tea has an even graver and more permanent effect on their colour. Limit your consumption and watch how that beautiful rosy colour of your lips slowly makes a comeback!