May 3, 2008

Lip gloss may invite skin cancer

Though direct evidence is not found, some dermatologists opine that slathering on shiny lip glosses can actually increase your risk of developing skin cancer. As lip glosses can make more of the light rays penetrate directly through the skin instead of getting reflected off the skin’s surface, the resulting sun damage can lead to potentially fatal forms of skin cancer. Less serious damages could be disfigurements and small brown spots which look like freckles on lips. Sun damage also leads to premature ageing of lips, making them look much thinner. Experts say that the culprit is the moisture in the lip-gloss which squashes the protective upper layer on the lips making them vulnerable to UV rays. Apart from the extra hydration, the “super shine” and “ultra shine” of the glosses could be damaging as well. Dermatologists recommend ditching lipglosses in favor of lip sticks and lip balms with SPF 30 as it would ensure that your lips are more protected from the UV rays.
See also: Alternative uses of lipgloss

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  1. Although it makes perfect sense, it never crossed my mind -- or lips. Thanks for the info.

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  2. Oh great. This is probably going to stop me from wearing gloss now.

  3. Dr Shivaswamy8:46 AM

    Choose your lipgloss
    carefully - Because of it’s shiny, reflective nature, some dermatologists claim that applying lipgloss and then going in the sun is the equivalent of taking a magnifying glass and focusing the concentrated sun rays directly on your lips. Wow. I’m a lipgloss junkie and I’ve never realized how harmful some lip products could be. If you’re going to wear lipgloss, choose one that has a high level of SPF included in its formula.

  4. Anonymous9:14 AM

    This should make your lips very 'baby butt' smooth. Here you go:

    1) This may hurt a bit. Get some sugar and rub it on your lips for a few moments. This will remove dead skin.
    2)DO NOT use any scented or flavored Chap Sticks or lip balms/glosses. You will probably lick it off, and if you don't, these don't focus on moisture anyways.
    3)Use Chap Stick, or even better,Burt's Bees, preferably in a stick form.
    4) Brush on a coat of petroleum jelly. Leave on for ten minutes. Pat this off gently, then repeat with olive oil.
    5)DO NOT lick, touch, bite or rub your lips. These are bad habits that you probably don't notice.
    6)DO NOT eat too much citrus or hot drinks or let your lips get too cold. These will dry out your lips.
    7) Before going to bed, and before making out (LOL) put on a nice layer of lip balm or moisturizing lip-gloss.


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