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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.
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