Want to know one of the latest crazes out there right now? Pink Lips For Men!
There’s no doubt that the lips are a very inviting part of the face. Particularly when they are luscious and pink. I mean come on they are even the first entry point for first base.
And, who wants to kiss someone for the first time if they have dark, cracked, stained and saggy lips?
On the surface, obviously the color of men’s lips naturally varies from one guy to another. However, there are a range of other factors that affect how pink men’s lips are. Many of these things can be dealt with easily.
Reasons why your lips may not appear pink and bright
So now let’s take a look at some of the main reasons your lips are darker before moving onto the ways we can get them to be lighter, brighter – and pinker.
We all know the many common negative impacts that smoking has on our health. But, did you know that smoking is one of the leading causes of destroying the color of your lips?
- First of all, smoking speeds up your body’s aging process which causes the lips to become wrinkled.
- If getting wrinkly lips wasn’t bad enough, it also causes them to sag. Droopy sagging lips anyone?
That’s because just one of those little cigarettes contains more than 4,000 harmful chemicals that can destroy collagen and elastin in the body.
Both collagen and elastin are two types of proteins found in the body that are responsible for taking care of your skin’s structure and elasticity.
And, then, of course, lighting up on a regular basis also causes something called hyperpigmentation.
- Hyperpigmentation is defined as excessive pigmentation of the skin which is the darkening of the pigments.
- This makes your previously luscious pink lips appear darker than they naturally would.
- Although hyperpigmentation generally starts causing an impact after a few years of consistently smoking, you could notice darker lips after only having smoked for a just few short months.
Tea and Coffee
On average people in America drink at about three cups of tea or coffee a day. Because of the properties of both of these drinks they cause staining as you can see more clearly on your teeth after years of brewing-up. What you might not know is that they also stain your lips and over time make them appear darker.
Did you know that the lips are a really risky place to get sun cancer?
We routinely apply sun protection on all of our body, but we often forget to do the lips. The sun also affects their color.
- When the sun rays beat down on them over time it damages the color pigmentation and makes them appear darker.
With more exposure to the sun, the body produces more melanin than it needs.
When too much melanin gathers in the lips it causes them to darken. This is normally the case on the upper lip and is known as a sun mustache.
Let’s face it, guys only really need one mustache right?
There are a range of medications that can also cause hyperpigmentation. Things like cytotoxic drugs that are used to treat certain cancers are one offender.
- Then are other medications such as; antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, antimalarials, bacteria treatments and medicines that contain a high amount of heavy metals.
So, if you’re taking any of these medications this could be the reason for your darker lips. It might be worth speaking with your doctor to see if there are any alternatives if you want to have lighter or pinker looking lips.
There are a range of medical reasons that can change the color of your lips from pink to brown, to white or red. Some of the offenders are cyanosis, iron deficiency, and Laugier-Hunziker syndrome.
Depending on the underlying health condition, there is a range of ways to treat lip discoloration. Again, it’s always worth having a chat with your doctor to see what they can suggest.
Solutions to get your lips pinker
So, you’ve decided that you’ve had enough of sporting your dark lips. That’s great, but how can we men get pink lips?
Well luckily for you there a range of solutions that you can utilize. Some of these are a little more extreme than others, so it’s recommended to try the more natural approaches first and see if you get the results you are yearning for.
If your dark lips are a result of smoking, one way to stop any further darkening is to give up this habit. I know that might be easier said than done, what with nicotine being so incredibly addictive.
But there are many cessation aids out there that can help you cut back or completely quit altogether.
Nicotine patches are placed on your skin and slowly release nicotine into your body throughout the day to keep your cravings at bay.
Nicotine patches also come in different strengths for people who smoke just a few a day to those who are smoking a packet or more a day. Over the weeks you can reduce to lower strength and then eventually stop using them altogether.
Another great way is using a nicotine spray which you spray on the inside of your cheek and allow it to be absorbed by the skin. This spray instantly takes away the craving to smoke.
Then there is nicotine chewing gum which you can chew on whenever you feel the need to light up.
Other methods of quitting smoking are through counseling, hypnotherapy or even meditation.
When quitting smoking ensure you are drinking plenty of water to help you flush out those toxins.
A really quick and easy way of really bringing out the pink in your lips is to simply apply some sort of product.
There are many men’s lip balms available for purchase today that will help keep your lips moist and protect them from any further damage.
By protecting your lips over time you may find that they are becoming lighter and pinker.
Be sure to look out for a quality product with good reviews that protects them from UVA and UVB rays. Aim to buy a product that has an SPF of at least 15, though 25+ would be better. This will stop the sun from making them darker.
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Natural Remedies To Have Pink Lips
If you want to know how men can get pink lips in a more natural way then you are in luck.
Of course, there are a few different approaches you can right at home using only natural ingredients to help bring out that natural pinkness.
Making sure you are drinking enough fluids throughout the day is possibly one of the best ways you can look after your skin.
- When you are hydrated you reduce the incidence of wrinkles and your skin keeps its moisture. Water really feeds the skin cells and helps new skin cells to develop kissing goodbye to dark dry lips.
- Try to drink at least eight glasses of water each day.
- You can try adding a slice of cucumber or lemon to mix things up a bit.
Remember to try and limit how many cups of tea or coffee you drink each day. The average of three cups a day might not cause too many problems but try not to overdo it.
Home-Made Lip Balm
We already covered lip balm you can buy online or in stores, but you can make your own natural versions right at home.
- All you need to do is melt 1 tbsp of beeswax pellets in a microwave for 45 seconds, check it here
- add 1tbsp coconut oil and microwave again, check it here
- add a few drops of peppermint essential oil, check it here
- pour the liquid into a pot and let it cool.
All of these ingredients are widely available online or in your local health store.
You can scrub dead skin cells off your lips using a simple mix of honey and of course brown sugar.
Simply rub this mixture gently on the surface of your lips for a few minutes and rinse off those dead skin cells with warm water. Take care not to rub too hard because lips can become irritated and sensitive.
To reduce any negative effects, you can always apply a natural balm.
Lemons are highly acidic and can help break away dead skin cells on your lips. Lemons have been known for their skin lightening properties too.
Both of these factors can help make them appear lighter and pinker. Take a slice of lemon and place the slice between your lips and hold it in place for just one minute before rinsing with warm water.
As with honey and sugar, this method can cause some irritation so once you’re finished be sure to apply some sort of balm.
Although cosmetic treatment is going to be the most expensive solution it’s certainly a viable option these days.
If you’re looking for a quick and long-lasting solution to get those lips bright and pink, then maybe laser lip lightening could be for you.
Laser lip treatment will not only make your lips pinker; it will also improve those wrinkles and sags.
Did you know that in Nigeria, Africa, men are actually tattooing their bottom lips bright pink? It’s true, tattoo parlors there have seen a huge influx of male customers looking to get their lips inked in a bid to look sexier to women.
It may seem a bit ‘out there’ and you certainly don’t need to get your lips tattooed bright pink, but maybe a lighter pink would suffice and you wouldn’t ever have to worry about how pink they are again.
So now we now know that there are many reasons why men’s lips may become darker.
Smoking cigarettes and too much sun, medications and illness can all play a role. But there are many solutions from simply applying lip balm, using natural ingredients at home, laser treatment to even having permanent tattooing!
If the color of your lips is bothering you, why not give some of these solutions a try?
Though I’d probably recommend trying the non-permanent solutions before heading down to the tattoo studio!