Our lips consist of the philtrum, the two lines which connect our lips with our nose, a cupid’s bow, the vermilion border, which makes the border between our lips and our skin, and oral commissure. While we may often manipulate the size, shape, and lip color with makeup, our natural lips can reveal our overall health and can help us recognize if there is something we should work on.

Color of The Lips
The color of the lips differs from person to person, but it’s defined by two things, melanin and blood vessels located under the skin of our lips. Therefore, depending on melanin, blood vessels, and the health of our bodies, our lips can change color.

Blue/Purple Lips
There are many shades your lips can have, which are entirely normal; however, if your lips take on a blue or purple tint, it could be a sign of poor blood circulation. On a normal basis, your blood is bright red if there is an abundant amount of oxygen supplying it. Poor blood circulation and, therefore, blue lips can occur when we are freezing as well, as the flow of the blood is restricted to retain body heat.

White or Pale Looking Lips
Similarly to the blue lips, pale lips can also indicate that your circulatory system isn’t functioning correctly. Pale or white lips can mean that your body is reacting form anemia, blood loss or heavy menstrual periods, low blood sugar, frostbite, medication, or deficiencies like iron and vitamin B12.

Dried Out Lips From the Wind
This doesn’t lead the lips to change color, but it’s worth mentioning as we are approaching colder and windier months. Irritated and dry skin around your lips can be quite painful. To prevent this, it is a good idea to apply lip balm with SPF and stay hydrated.

Most changes are temporary, and your lips will eventually revert to their normal color once you figure out what your body is trying to signal. Hydration and nutrients are essential for helping your skin, lips, and body be at their peak performance.