Although no studies have been done to prove or disprove this theory, some researchers are saying that wearing lip gloss can increase your chances of having skin cancer on your face and lips. Without reputable studies, we’re not going to be the first to say this is truth. We do however, want you to keep this interesting story in mind this summer when your getting all dolled up to visit the pool or your favorite summertime hot spot.
According to ABC News, this is the rumor, “Some dermatologists have said that the translucent sheen helps ultraviolet rays penetrate the already fragile skin of the lips — thereby increasing your risk.” Moreover, ABC goes on to report that, “squamous cell carcinoma (the kind of cancer that makes up 90 percent of new cases of lip skin cancer each year) has a higher risk of metastasis on the lips. That means that it’s more likely to aggressively spread if it starts on your lips than if the same kind of cancer appears first on other parts of the skin.”
Now, if any of this is true, we need to take action. Especially those of us who are slightly addicted to lip gloss (you know who you are!). Luckily, there are just as many glamorous lip glosses with SPF as there are without. A don’t think you have to get rid of all your glosses – just make sure to wear them indoors. Here some SPF infused lip balms to check out and keep on hand when you’re in the sun:
Let us know what you think! While researchers are gettin’ their ducks in a row, we’d love to hear your opinion on this issue. Comment back or tweet us at our twitter page here.