There had to be a catch somewhere

In an earlier Fight the Frump post, I explained how to apply lipstick/gloss so that it would last. I never imagined what a hit it would be!

Never one to drop a subject (I was born with that ability, thankyouverymuch), I’m revisiting the topic. Only this time, I have a warning!

It seems as though lip gloss has been in the news a lot recently. First, we were told that lip gloss can help lose weight (sadly, this was debunked). But now, we are being told that lipgloss can cause cancer. When I first heard this, I wanted to crawl in a corner. Not my beloved lip gloss!!??! Say it ain’t so!

A study at Baylor Universitydiscovered that cosmetic lip balms and glosses attract ultraviolet rays, increasing the wearer’s risk of developing skin cancer. In other words, that shiny lip gloss is magnifying the sun’s effects.” And even more disturbing, “cancer occurring on the lower lip can be much more aggressive than other forms of skin cancer and there is the potential for spread to nearby lymph nodes.” (source)

And that Bonnie Bell Bubble Gum Lip gloss could be frying your lips, setting you up for bigger problems than lipstick on your teeth.

What are we to do? I’m all for looking good, but not at that risk! Shiny lips = good. Shiny lips that cause lip cancer = very very bad.

Fortunately, there is an easy workaround: Always apply lip gloss only after applying a 30 SPF sunscreen to your lips.

Do I really neat to repeat myself? Don’t let this happen. Vanity is so not worth this.


  1. http://Jane%20@%20What%20About%20Mom? says

    Too funny, in a kinda depressing sorta way. Why does everything fun, yummy, or pretty turn out to cause cancer?

  2. http://Beth says

    Thanks for the warning!

  3. http://Meredith says

    Ooh, yuck!

    My dermatologist gave me a lip gloss/chapstick which is SPF 45.

    It’s not as slick and shiny as yours, but it definitely adds a layer of sheen.

  4. http://Joy says

    I have a lip balm with SPF that is chocolate flavored and I love it!

  5. http://Megan%20(FriedOkra) says

    The more you know, the scarier things get, huh? Remember back when only the Bad Kids who smoked and dipped snuff were at risk for cancers of the mouth? I think I screen up pretty good when I’m gonna be out, but this will serve as a reminder to make sure I slap some on the old kisser, as well. Thanks for the sock in the mouth, Karla, my lovely!

  6. http://Sister%20Honey%20Bunch says

    That last picture? ICK.

  7. http://Rachel says

    Love the header, and the post.. but was it really necessary to ook me out with that yucky last picture? Sheesh Karla.

  8. http://Darla says

    I can’t be outside for too many hours without a sun blister. I have to wear a SPF on my lips in the summer.

    I look at lip gloss to my lips as baby oil tomy body in the sun.

  9. http://Valarie says

    I am always with some kind of chapstick near me with an SPF in it. If not my lips might get burned and then the fever blister starts. So I just put on the chap stick and then the lip-gloss.

  10. http://PhotoChick says

    Oh that just stinks! Luckily, it’s been years since my face has seen the direct sunlight of day. What can I say? I’m pasty pale & proud! Well, at least OK with it. I don’t tan, and that’s just a fact of my life. I don’t plan on going to the beach any time soon (gotta love the mid-west) so I guess there’s no need to try to tan now…!

    Thanks for the heads-up though! If I ever do happen to get outside for more than the brief seconds it takes me to walk to the car, I’ll be sure to SPF it up! Much love & God Bless – and Happy Frump Fighting!

  11. http://His%20Girl says

    I’m still looking forward to more makeup tips… I feel so backwards with makeup… would love to see what you come up with!

  12. http://JCK says

    Yikes! I had not heard this. Perhaps I’ll wear gobs of gloss and a big sun hat?

  13. http://Beck says

    Ewwwww! Lucky for me, all of my hair sticking to my mouth provides an excellent barrier from the sun.

  14. http://minnesotamom says

    Scary–good to know, though.

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