The Gloss·a·ry: A Lip Gloss Diet? Faux or Faux Real?
By Michelle Carney

Can a lip gloss really help you lose weight? Like all things beauty, this one’s in the eye of the beholder. Experts always say, “There’s no quick fix.” If there were, wouldn’t we all be a size 2? Still, with a bunch of new lip products on the market that claim to help you drop weight with natural appetite suppressants like Hoodia Gordonii Extract, Kola Nut and Peppermint, the trend is worth exploring. And let’s not forget that all-important placebo effect. Here’s the skinny on these crave-controlling lip products.

The major weight-loss wonder in the trendy, sleekly packaged Purple Labs Huge Lips Skinny Hips Lip Gloss ($25) is Hoodia Gordonii Extract. Derived from a cactus-like plant in Africa, Hoodia is touted as an appetite suppressant because its molecules mimic the effect glucose has on the brain, sending it a message that you’re full. However, nutritional experts say you need to ingest about 3,000mg of Hoodia per day to effectively suppress your appetite. The exact amount of Hoodia in one swipe of gloss just isn’t something I can measure here in my lip lab. Nevertheless, this sweet-nothing lip gloss packs quite the plump and a hefty dose of hydration.

The makers of Burner Balm ($5.99) claim if you apply their product four to six times a day, you can expect to lose about eight pounds a month. How? Lead developer/Co-Founder Dr. Allan Kurtz says Burner Balm energizes while simultaneously curbing your appetite. “The science behind the product is simple. Green Tea, Hoodia, Chromium Picolinate and Caffeine have all been proven for many years to be effective as dietary supplements. Exercising while using Burner Balm can also lead to fat reduction, as Chromium Picolinate has also been proven to help your body burn fat and carbohydrates.”

Here’s the thing. In order for Burner Balm or any of these products to work, you actually have to ingest them, which makes me think you’d need to swallow a whole lot to get results. The UK National Obesity Forum’s Tam Fry tells The Daily Mail, “The amount you would have to consume would be far greater than that found in a simple smear of lip salve.” Burner Balm Co-Developer Dr. David Toomey counters, “Due to the number of blood vessels on the lips, product extracts are more easily absorbed than one might think.” And Vice President Joey Valvo says, “The average woman consumes anywhere from four to seven pounds of lip products in a lifetime.” Yikes! Regardless, Burner Balm is a healthier alternative to sugary energy drinks and much less expensive. Plus, a blend of Soy and Safflower Oils and Shea Butter are guaranteed to moisturize dry lips.

Along with Hoodia, Express Effects Thingloss ($20) contains Kola Nut, a stimulant that slightly increases the metabolism, and Peppermint Essential Oil, an aroma that curbs cravings through your sense of smell. Another bonus, Thingloss’ two shades, “Whole Wheat Hottie” (sheer mocha) and “Kiss Me, I’m Single” (beachy rose), are infused with aromatherapy oils that may help lift your spirits with their “vibrational healing energies.”




The blend of peppermint, grapefruit and spearmint in Joey New York LipFIT Lip Gloss ($11.99) claims to curb your appetite with their minty aromas. Thinner lips? Possibly. Bigger lips? Definitely. The product’s two shades, “Sugarless” (sheer peach) and “Silhouette” (soft pink) contain the pout plumping ingredients, Maxi-lip and Dermaxyl.







The gloss•a•ry is PrettyCity’s monthly roundup of all that glitters from our own wand-toting shimmer expert, Michelle Carney. Tune in each month for the latest and greatest in pout perfecting products utterly devoted to your sparkly, sexy and oh-so-shiny lips.  Please contact Michelle Carney with story ideas or product suggestions

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