If you regularly wear makeup, you’ve probably committed the carnal sin of falling asleep with it on at least once or twice.
Maybe a hard day at work left you too exhausted to be bothered with a nightly face wash.
Or maybe you indulged in a few too many cocktails and just couldn’t stumble over to the sink.
Whatever the reason may be, falling asleep with makeup on is never a good idea. Especially when it comes to lipstick.
I know what you’re thinking, “Lipstick? Really?”
Since many of us wear lipstick all day long – it‘s natural to assume that falling asleep with your lipstick on isn’t that big of a deal.
But it is.
Sleeping with lipstick on can be problematic – and not just for your skin, but for your overall health, too.
Sleeping with Lipstick On Can Cause A Huge Mess!
No matter how fabulous that luscious red lipstick looks on your lips, it doesn’t mean that you want to see it all over your sheets. Or sleepwear. Or hair. Or…well, you get the idea.
Sleeping with your lipstick on can be a real mess!
If you’re a fan of dark reds or berry toned lipsticks, think about how they’ll look when smeared all over your pillowcases.
And I’m not talking about those cute, perfect, little kiss marks that you would seal a love-letter with.
I’m talking murder-scene looking red streaks and stains covering your bedding.
And if you’re more of a glossy nude type lipstick wearer, you’re still not exempt from the mess that sleeping in lipstick can make.
Super-shine lipsticks and glosses have an annoying tendency to spread onto everything that they come in contact with.
That means you can expect your hair to get a nice coating of shiny lip-gloss throughout the night, leaving you with a greasy, tangled mess come morning.
And try getting lipstick grease stains out of your sheets and blankets – it’s next to impossible.1
Let’s not forget about the mess that sleeping in lipstick can make of your face – and skin!
That lipstick that you wore to bed last night will likely creep onto your face during the hours you spend tossing and turning. Which means clogged pores and nasty breakouts.
Sleeping with lipstick on can cause chapped lips
Suffering from dry, chapped lips?
Sleeping in your favorite lipstick could be to blame.2
This may have you scratching your head since most of us believe that wearing lipstick helps keep our lips moisturized and protected.
And some lipsticks do.
But many low-quality lipsticks contain a long list of chemicals that can quickly dry your lips out when worn for long periods of time. Like when sleeping.
Your lipstick probably stays on better while you sleep than it does during the day – which is a problem if you’re sleeping in chemical-laden lipstick.
Think about it – when you wear lipstick during the day, chances are it doesn’t stay perfectly on your lips for hours on end.
Talking, eating, drinking – these are just a few of the daily activities that contribute to our lipstick quickly getting worn off.
But when you sleep, there’s generally a lot less talking and eating happening.
Which means that lipstick has plenty of time to zap moisture from your lips thanks to it’s staying power while you snooze.
“Sleeping with any type of lipstick will result in dryness and chapping,” says Jeannette Graf, MD.
To avoid waking up with dry lips, wipe your lipstick off, along with the rest of your makeup before heading to bed.
Fan of the long-wear lipsticks that seemingly stain your lips for days? Try wiping lips with special makeup remover wipes. You can also try using a dry soft-bristle toothbrush and gently brushing your lips.
Just because your lipstick says that it can last for 24-hours, doesn’t mean you should actually wear it that long.
Ingesting Lipstick Toxins In Your Sleep
Harmful chemicals can be found in EVERYTHING.
Unless you make a point of buying beauty products labeled ‘all-natural’ or ‘organic’ there’s a good chance the products you’re putting on your hair and body are filled with chemicals – including your lipstick.
How do you feel about rubbing toxic lead on your lips? What about formaldehyde?
Unless you’re carefully reading the labels on all of your lipsticks, these are the types of ingredients that you may be slathering on your lips everyday.
The worst part about it? Even if you do read labels, you still might be spreading chemicals on your lips. Many beauty companies don’t even list all the ingredients in their products – if any.
After all, how can you fit a list of 300 chemicals on the side of a small tube of lipstick?
It’s not uncommon for lipstick manufacturers to use a variety of toxic heavy metals and petrochemicals in their lipsticks.
Which means that every time you lick your lipstick-covered lips, you’re ingesting a small amount of any toxic chemicals present.
You may be thinking, “How much of these chemicals can I really be ingesting by simply licking my lips?”
Research has proven that simply wearing lipstick or lip gloss on a semi-regular basis resulted in women exceeding healthy limits for daily intake of aluminum, cadmium, chromium and manganese.
Repeatedly ingesting these chemicals causes a build-up of toxins in your system that can have dangerous repercussions.
These chemicals along with other heavy metals like lead can damage your nervous system, screw up your hormones, and have even been linked to cancer.3
Sleeping with lipstick on only increases the chances that you will ingest all the nasty ingredients lingering on your lipsticked-lips.
Now I am not advocating giving up lipstick altogether. I myself am guilty of lathering my lips in a lovely shade of red. You do you, and if that ruby red lipstick gives you the confidence boost you need to get you through the day then so be it.
But come bedtime, do yourself a favor and remove your lipstick so that you can let your lips breath and recover, before you hide them behind your favorite lipstick the next day.
Do you wear lipstick to bed? Or do you take the time to remove it before falling asleep? Let me know in the comments below!