Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lip Gloss Equals Skin Cancer?!

The headline is out today:

Lip Gloss Can Invite Skin Cancer.

Hmmm. Are you buying it? Some dermatologists have come out with that very warning. And yet, no studies have actually confirmed the lip gloss-skin cancer link. It's a theory, but many derms feel it's a strong theory.

How could this be? According to NYC dermatologist, Dr. Bruce Robinson, it's the moisture in the gloss that attracts the sun's harmful rays. "Take a magifying glass and put it over your lips." When you apply shiny lip gloss and go out into the sun, "that's essentially what you're doing."

The shiny gloss can actually raise your risk of developing skin cancer. At least that is what some skin experts are saying.

So what's a gal to do? Dump your lip gloss and wear lipstick. Or layer a lip balm with an SPF of 30 under your gloss. Try Chapstick's Ultra30. Or just wear a lip balm with a high SPF. Don't go out in the sun with bare, naked lips. took a poll, and here are the results from 7,281 responses:
If you wear lip gloss, are you worried it will raise your risk of skin cancer or cause other lip problems?

48% No, not enough to change my ways.
35% A little. I'll try to make sure mine has SPF.
17% Yes! Shiny lips aren't worth the risk of having no lips!

In case anyone's wondering, I voted with the 48% majority.

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Turkish Delight is a soft, Pink Sorbet hue. Perfect with daytime bronzed skin or complimentary to a smokey eye look. Turkish Delight is a cult favorite at NARS, and once again, is currently out of stock.


Anonymous said...

I'm with you. Until they come up with solid proof, I'm going to keep wearing lip gloss. By the way, I love this website!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for such information. But what is the alternate?

Sylvan Perfume Designer said...

Eeek I didn't know this! To be honest I usually only wear lip gloss in the evening when I'm going out, so I should be alright:) Probably I'm in the 48% majority then!