Rocking a bold, red lip can take your night from boring to epic. There is something about lipstick that changes us, makes us feel more brave and beautiful. When we put on lipstick, it’s for a reason — either we’re going out, or we want to achieve a certain look.
There are actually scientific studies proving that lipstick changes us and makes us feel more confident. However, there are also studies that show its potential dangers. Before you reach into your makeup bag, make sure you know the truth about lipstick.
It can dry out your lip
If you suffer from dry skin, especially in the dry season, lipstick may not be your friend. The chemicals in many lipsticks can pull moisture from your sensitive lips, leaving them chapped.
Wearing lipsticks 24/7, particularly low-quality lipsticks, which are laden with chemicals, can zap moisture away from your lips. If you have chapped lips, you are better off using a tinted lip balm. Talk with your dermatologist or makeup artist friend about the best options for your skin.
It might contain lead
Speaking of dangerous ingredients in lipstick, you also have to worry about lead. There has been some research done that concludes some lipsticks contain lead. Lead is a neurotoxin that can have a harmful effect on the nervous system. It’s also been researched that reapplying lipstick multiple times a day can mean heavy metal exposure from those lip products. Look for natural lipsticks that minimize extra harmful ingredients.
It doesn’t affect your attractiveness
If you’ve been using lipstick to feel more attractive, you may be wasting your time and money. Turns out lipstick doesn’t really affect how others see us, at least in terms of looks.
A study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science examined our perceptions of attractiveness. Study volunteers looked at pictures of the same women with varying amounts of makeup on. Most volunteers judged the women with full makeup as more attractive than those with no makeup and, while the female volunteers seemed most influenced by eye makeup, surprisingly, the amount of lipstick worn did not affect the volunteers’ perceptions. So if you’re the type of gal who doesn’t leave home without it, take a day off and see how you feel.
The first lipsticks were made from crushed gemstones
The very first origins of lipstick date back to 5,000 BC to ancient Mesopotamia where women used crushed gemstones to colour their lips. Ancient Egyptians, most famously Cleopatra, were skilled at mixing and creating lipstick colours from crushed insects, seaweed, and fish scales.
Even though lipstick has been around for centuries, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
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