Lipstick is a great way to make your lips “pop” and pearly whites stand out. Whether you wear lipstick on a daily basis or only apply it before special occasions, you may be wondering if lipstick can dry out your lips. The answer to this questions is “it depends.”

There are countless lipsticks on the market so it’s important to purchase ones that are specifically designed to hydrate and add moisture to your lips rather than dry them out. Here at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we encourage women to check out the ingredients of a lipstick before investing in it.

Lipsticks that contain ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, zinc, and/or titanium oxide are ideal because they can provide and lock in moisture. It’s particularly important to wear a lipstick with these ingredients in the winter months when chapped or cracked lips are more common.

If possible, stay away from lipsticks with synthetic fragrance, menthol, phenol, camphor, and petrochemicals. These ingredients are full of chemicals and can dry out your lips rather than add moisture to them. In addition, they can irritate your lips and make it uncomfortable for you to wear lipstick.

Whether you purchase your lipstick at a drugstore, department store, or online, make it a top priority to understand what’s in it. By choosing the right lipstick, you can add some color to your face without drying out your lips.

Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you’d like more information on which lipsticks to buy and avoid, do not hesitate to contact our office. Call us at 703-439-1214.