Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Little Lip Gloss, A Little Weight Loss?



Thingloss by Express Effects - $28


Loss Gloss and Loss Gloss Blast by Fiji Blend - $13 and $15

A. Balm by JBNI - $25.45



I just read this interesting article in the LA Times today: Hope or Hype: Gloss and Loss?

What if a swipe of lip gloss could help you control late-night cravings while you revel in a perfect pout? Several companies claim just that -- infusing balms and glosses with ingredients such as hoodia and peppermint that aim, in various ways, to put a damper on appetite.

It's a plausible technique, says Los Angeles dermatologist Dr. Susan Rabizadeh, who explains that the thin skin of the lips allows small quantities of product to be absorbed into the bloodstream. But the amount that is actually absorbed depends on the concentration of the ingredients and how often the gloss is applied. "With any herbal remedies you have to be careful of side effects," she says, so read labels carefully.

"It's an intriguing idea," naturopath Anne Dunev says as she reads through some of the ingredients of the new products. Hoodia has been demonstrated to suppress appetite, St. John's wort is a mood elevator that could potentially help prevent emotional eating, and stimulants kola nut and peppermint can slightly increase the metabolism, she says. The question is whether enough of the ingredient is absorbed to have a substantial effect on your appetite, she says -- but don't underestimate the placebo effect. "Feeling it might work might make it worth it."

How do the glosses fare in the face of sweet temptation? We road-tested four products to get the skinny.

To read the rest of the article and to get reviews of the products mentioned above, click here

32 comments:

Julia said...

lip gloss for weight loss? That's just absurd. I would never buy it.
I like your blog!
xoxo

Char said...

I have read about this and remain skeptical...especially of the hoodia because of all of the televised side effects. But, the power of positive thinking might have some effect for sure. But, as always - I usually think something that sounds too good to be true - usually is.

Namine said...

interesting... I think I'll stick to regular lip gloss!

Kitten said...

I'm just gonna stick with my Chap Stick...and while you're at it, pass the potato chips, please...

down and out chic said...

hey, i tagged you in an activity of sorts. no pressure!

Hannah is Narnia's Closet said...

what a weird idea! i've never heard of that. i know that when i put lipstick on i'm less likely to eat as much because I don't want to mess up my lip color haha. i dont think that it makes enough of an impact to make me skinny though. but i don twear lipstick much to school or anything.

La Fée said...

this reminds me, I need to buy some new lipgloss!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I'd have to say I think that it would be a far estimate that any little glass film..no matter what it has...would cause the hips to diminish. Lord only knows, the cellophane over the left overs hasn't helped!!

Kim said...

Prove it and I'll buy it! But I'll tell you one thing it's pretty hard for me not to eat if I'm hungry!

Improbable Joe said...

You could just make the lip gloss taste really really bad?

Diana said...

I bought a lip gloss from Too Faced at Sephora. The packaging is a little crazy and it all looks the same to me so I didn't bother reading what it said, just liked the color. It was the weight loss one and I am so humiliated to apply it in public >_<

Mermaid said...

That seems pretty silly. I probably wouldn't go for it.

black vanilla rose said...

Wow, how crazy is that! Very interesting blog :]

Missy said...

I would gone on a hunger spaz and eat the whole tube of gloss! Would not work for me!

Savvy Mode SG said...

hm.... i have tried a lot of these hypes, nothing beats exercise and control.

creative kerfuffle said...

if that were true i'd be a lip gloss wearing mofo 24/7. srsly. and that figi one? are you sure that's a lip gloss and not a sex toy? lol!

~alison said...

Man...if that is all it takes...I've been wasting my time! LOL! If someone decides to try this - keep me posted!

insomniaclolita said...

Gotta admit that I'm skeptical about it but it doesn't hurt to buy and see, right?:)

Chessa! said...

I would eat it for breakfast if they said it would work. seriously.
ok, no I'm not.

Dan W Johnson said...

I heard that when the economy goes bad the three things that keep selling are alcohol, cigarettes and lipstick... for what it's worth. Instant gratification...

Dooder City said...

this is some crazy s$#@. i don't really believe it. buut hell, someone is making money.

about anvil. i can't wait to see it.

Girl Japan said...

I think it is a fantastic idea... in that when I wear fruity tasting gloss I don't tend to eat but side effects are scary.

Eeli said...

WOAH! Thats a pretty crazy article. I wouldn't trust myself with that though. I fit worked I'd be eating the entire punnet instead of smearing it across my lips lol and I'm the same too. But Flora was surprisingly nice smelling. Chekc it out!


x

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Lies. All lies.

miriam said...

bizarre, but i'm more of a lipstick girl anyway : )

The Seeker said...

Darling!!!!!!!! Coming back slowly....
Thanks for all your support!!!

Interesting..... this idea.

Love

xoxo

Milly said...

yeah...ok...if it were only that easy....*sigh*

Bon Don said...

I agree with Milly...

if it were only that easy....

*Appling Co Bigelow Mint-Infused Gloss with fingers crossed *

Sasha said...

Like the idea..thought I am quite skeptical about it!

tanya said...

interesting idea but it seems to be all in the mindset. Like if that piece of chocolate cake is calling my name, I'm sure as hell not going to put some lipgloss on. I'm gonna get me some cake :-)

Diane said...

hhhmmmmm.........

...love Maegan said...

wow ...I can't believe I missed this ...um, yes please! ...how easy, right? If only it could "firm" too.