Fact or Fiction: Lip Plumpers

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So -- you'd like to look more Angelina Jolie-ish, but you don't want to get injections in your lips. There's a huge variety of over-the-counter lip plumpers out there. The jury is still out on how well they work, but they could be worth a try.

Your lips gradually get thinner as you age because they're losing skin cells.

Collagen and elastin are what keep your lips full, and they waste away as you get older.

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In 2005, sales of all lip products tripled, thanks largely to lip plumpers.

According to the New York Times, the cosmetics industry had lip plumpers to thank for the doubling of lip-product sales.

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Some lip plumpers are made with palmitoyl oligopeptides, which apparently encourage collagen production.

Lip plumpers with palmitoyl oligopeptides are supposed stimulate collagen production and thus be longer-lasting than plumpers that irritate the lips.

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Newer lip plumpers include peptides and antioxidants in hopes of making the lips slightly fuller over time.

Peptides, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid are being touted as an alternative to lip-irritating plumpers.

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With the best lip plumpers, you can get results that are almost as good as what you see with collagen injections.

No such luck. The extra pucker you get from a lip plumper will probably be very subtle -- and very temporary.

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A 2007 Consumer Reports test showed that lip plumpers really do work, and the effects last for hours.

The 2007 Consumer Reports test found that the lip plumpers worked -- slightly -- for about an hour, if that.

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A 2004 Good Housekeeping study declared Doo-Wop Lip Venom the best lip plumper.

City Lips was the winner of this test, and a subsequent one with newer products.

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According to the Good Housekeeping test, the winning City Lips plumper added 3 millimeters of lip volume.

City Lips added 3 millimeters of lip volume. (We'd like to see how they measured that).

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You can make your own lip plumper by mixing cayenne pepper in with Vaseline.

You can use cayenne, but keep it light. Cinnamon works, too.

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If you want to spend $500 a tooth, you can get veneers that make your lips look plumper.

If money is no object, the $1,500-per-tooth veneers will definitely give you fuller lips.

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