How To Naturally Make Your Lips Pink And Soft Again

Say goodbye to the darkened lips with these DIY tips and lifestyle changes.

By Ramona SinhaRamona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach  • 

If you are scouring the internet to know how to get pink lips, your search ends here. Natural pink lips lose their rosy color due to sun exposure, pollution, smoking, or pigmentation. But there is nothing to worry about as this darkness is reversible. There are some effective DIYs or at-home remedies that you can try to get back the natural pink hue of your lips. In addition, several scrubs, masks, and lifestyle changes can help undo the damage caused by natural factors. Check out some of these remedies in this article. Scroll down!

7 Lip Scrubs And Masks For Pink Lips

1. Sugar And Lemon Scrub For Pink Lips

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The skin on your lips is thin and sensitive. It is prone to get affected by weather conditions or dehydration. This can make your lips lose their original pink hue. The skin on your lips needs to be exfoliated to get rid of the dead skin layer and dry patches. A good natural DIY scrub for gently exfoliating your lips is lemon and sugar. The rounded edges of sugar granules are gentle and melt away as you rub them on your lips, adding a protective layer on your lips while exfoliating the dead skin cells. Lemon helps reduce pigmentation (1). Here€™s what you need to do:

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar (smaller and rounder granules)


  1. Mix the lemon juice and sugar.
  2. Use your fingers to dab the mixture on your lips.
  3. Rub your lips very gently in small circular motions until the sugar granules dissolve.
  4. Wash off the scrub and apply a lip balm.
  5. Do this once a week.
Stylecraze Says
Use brown sugar if you want a more gentle exfoliant. You can add a drop of olive oil to the scrub if you have very dry lips and want the consistency of the scrub to be silkier.

2. Olive Oil And Salt Scrub For Pink Lips

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Another natural scrub for dry skin on your lips is olive oil and salt scrub. The salt grains help exfoliate your lips, and olive oil is a moisturizer that also adds slip to the scrub to make it easier to apply. This scrub also makes your lips supple and soft. You can also use coconut oil or almond oil.

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt (fine granules)


  1. Mix the olive oil and salt.
  2. Rub this mixture into your lips very gently in a circular motion for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Wipe it off with a washcloth.
  4. Apply a lip balm.
  5. Do this once a week.

3. Beetroot For Pink Lips

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Beetroot’s natural burgundy pigment and antioxidants are great for making your lips pink and soft again (2).

What You Need

  • 1 beetroot
  • Grater


  1. Grate a small piece of washed and peeled beetroot.
  2. Squeeze out the juice from the grated beetroot.
  3. Use your fingers to dab the juice on your lips.
  4. Wait for 15 minutes before washing it off.
  5. Your lips will look visibly pink instantly.
  6. Do this once every two days.

4. Red Grapes And Lime For Pink Lips

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Red grapes are rich in resveratrol, an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from oxidative stress, sun damage, and smoking (3). Lime juice will help reduce pigmentation (1).

What You Need

  • 1 red grape
  • Lime juice


  1. Squeeze out the juice from a ripe and fresh red grape.
  2. Mix 5-6 drops of lime juice into the grape juice.
  3. Use your fingers to apply the mixture to your lips.
  4. Wait for 15 minutes before washing it off.
  5. Do this once every two days.

5. Aloe Vera And Honey For Pink Lips

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Your lips could look dull and lose their rosy pink color due to dehydration. Aloe vera and honey are two good ingredients for adding hydration to your lips (4), (5).

What You Need

  • Aloe vera leaf
  • 1 teaspoon organic honey


  1. Wash an aloe vera leaf thoroughly.
  2. Use a clean knife to peel the aloe vera leaf and extract its gel. Mash the gel with the back of a spoon.
  3. Mix 1 tablespoon of the aloe vera gel with organic honey.
  4. Apply the mixture to your lips and wait for 15 minutes.
  5. Wash it off with water. You can instantly feel the softness on your lips.
  6. Do this once every two days.

6. Milk And Rose Petals For Pink Lips

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It is not without a reason that queens and kings bathed in milk and added rose petals to their bath. Milk is claimed to moisturize the skin, and the pink pigment of rose petals can help make your lips pink again.

What You Need

  • 5 rose petals
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • Mortar and pestle


  1. Take 5 freshly bloomed rose petals and use a mortar and pestle to make a paste.
  2. Add the cold milk to t his paste.
  3. Mix well and dab it on your lips.
  4. Wait for 15 minutes before washing it off.
  5. Apply a lip balm.
  6. Do this once every two days.

7. Raspberry And Strawberry For Pink Lips

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The natural pigments and antioxidants in raspberries and strawberries help protect your lips and make them pink again (6).

What You Need

  • 1 raspberry
  • ½ medium-sized strawberry


  • Crush the raspberry and strawberry together.
  • Apply it to your lips.
  • Wait for 15 minutes before washing it off.
  • Do this once every two days.

These are the 7 lip masks and scrubs that you can use to make your lips pink. However, if you want to see better and quicker results, you must change your diet. The following section discusses what you should be consuming in order to hydrate your lips and bring back their natural color. Take a look.

What To Consume For Pink Lips

  • Water: Keeping yourself hydrated can bring about a huge change in the way your lips look and feel. Drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day to keep yourself hydrated at the cellular level. You can add lime, mint, cucumber, strawberry slices, etc. to add flavor to your water. Here are a few more detox drink
  • Fruits And Vegetables: Fruits and veggies are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients that help reduce oxidative stress, keep your gut healthy, and boost immunity. This, in turn, keeps the skin on your lips healthy. The ideal intake is 3 servings of fruits and 5 servings of vegetables every day. Consume carrots, pumpkin, squash, green leafy vegetables, apples, citrus fruits, berries, watermelon, honeydew melon, peaches, etc.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3-fatty acids help reduce inflammation in the body (7). Inflammation can be caused due to smoking, stress, not sleeping or eating well, etc. Consuming foods like fatty fish (salmon, tuna, silver carp, and mackerel), nuts and seeds (almond, walnuts, and flax seeds), and healthy oils (olive oil and avocado oil) is a great way to introduce omega-3 into your diet, reduce inflammation, and make your lips soft and pink again.

Apart from applying lip masks and consuming a healthy diet, you must make certain changes to your lifestyle to bring back your lips to their original pink color. In the next section, we discuss 3 useful lifestyle changes you need to make now!

Helpful Lifestyle Changes

  1. Reduce Smoking: Smoking regularly can cause hyperpigmentation and make your lips darker. Quit smoking to reduce hyperpigmentation and make your lips visibly pink in just a few days.
  2. Sleep Well: Not sleeping well for at least 7 hours at a stretch can make your skin and lips look dull and pigmented. Proper rest is required to keep your lips looking fresh and supple to the touch. Switch off all electronic gadgets, listen to soothing music, or read a book to fall asleep and stay asleep. If you still have problems sleeping, see a professional and get the help you need.
  3. Reduce Stress: Stress at work or at home releases the stress hormone, cortisol. Excessive cortisol in the body increases inflammation, leading to health issues. This also affects your skin. Your skin starts to appear dull and dry. The skin on your lips is no exception. Practice meditation, work out regularly, join a support group, and seek professional help to deal with stress at work or/and at home. Take out at least 20-30 minutes a day just for yourself. Do what you feel like €“ paint, read, learn a new skill, watch your favorite show, talk to a friend, soak in a milk bath, etc.
Stylecraze Says
Switch your cup of caffeinated coffee to a decaf version as the caffeine in coffee can stain lips and make them appear darker. In addition, excessive coffee consumption can lead to dehydration as the beverage acts as a diuretic.

Certainly, making lifestyle changes takes time. Just don€™t give up if you slip once or twice. The struggle to hold on to a new and better lifestyle will help you understand the need to never quit a healthy lifestyle. Along with these changes, here are a few more things you can do to get pink lips.

Other Tips To Get Pink Lips

  • Avoid Licking Your Lips: Licking your lips makes them dry and chapped. Drink water to rehydrate your lips.
  • Use A Lip Balm With SPF: Whether you are stepping out or staying indoors, a lip balm with SPF 50 is ideal for protecting your lips from the UV rays. This will also keep your lips moisturized and protect them from hyperpigmentation.
  • Prep Your Lips Before Applying Lipstick: Prep your lips by applying a lip balm at least 10 minutes before applying lipstick. You can also use a wet washcloth to gently rub your lips and exfoliate the upper dead skin layer (Do not exfoliate every day. Do it once or twice a week).
  • Remove Lipstick Before Sleeping: Use an oil-based makeup remover to remove lipstick before going to sleep. Whether your lipstick is a moisturizing one or matte, wiping the lipstick off and applying lip balm will keep your lips pink and healthy.
  • Lip Tattoo: This is not meant for tattoo virgins or for the faint-hearted. Getting a lip tattoo can make your lips pink instantly and keep them looking pink 24/7. So, if that€™s something you want, book your appointment with a good and trustworthy tattoo artist.
  • Use Lipsticks That Are Free Of Toxic Chemicals: Parabens are harmful to your skin and lips. Unfortunately, parabens and other toxic chemicals are present in many lipstick formulas. Do a little bit of research and buy lipsticks that do not contain toxic chemicals that can take a toll on your lips.

Everything you need to have pink lips is easily available in your house. Of course, you need to make an effort to achieve your desired results. But whether you prepare the sugar and lemon scrub, want to opt for a milk and rose petals mask, or pick any other mask or scrub from the list, do not forget to maintain consistency. Skin care will require your time and attention. So, whatever method you choose to get pink lips, do not give up until you see visible results. Carry on with the routine even after you achieve your desired pink lips.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does coconut oil reduce lip hyperpigmentation?

No, coconut oil does not reduce lip hyperpigmentation. But, it helps make your lips softer and smoother.

How to make my lips naturally pink?

To make your lips naturally pink, use beetroot juice, scrub your lips with lemon and sugar, eat healthy, stay hydrated and stress-free, and sleep well.

How can I make my lips pink in 2 minutes?

Although lips cannot turn pink in 2 minutes, you can instantly make them look fresh and healthy by scrubbing them with lemon, honey, or cucumber.

What vitamin makes lips pink?

Vitamin E, known for its fat-soluble antioxidant properties, is good for skin health (1). It may improve lip skin health, making your lips look pink and supple.


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