Fact or Fiction: Lips

By: Staff

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Women do so many strange things to their lips in the name of fashion -- coloring, plumping, even injecting them with chemicals. But why are our lips red to begin with? And what's really in all these things that we swipe on (and pump into) our lips?

Lips are pink or reddish because lip skin cells are different from those on the face.

The skin on your lips is very thin, and the blood vessels are close to the surface.


Lips don't have any oil glands.

Yep, no oil glands -- that's why they get so dry and chapped.


Some medications can make your lips even drier.

Some acne medications, like isotretinoin, dry out your skin, including your lips.


Cleopatra colored her lips with crushed ants.

It was ants and carmine in a beeswax base.


The first lip color in stick form was created in the 1700s.

It was actually way earlier than that -- probably in 900 A.D.


Lipstick was outlawed in Victorian England.

Starting in 1770, lipstick-wearing was punishable by burning at the stake. To give their lips color, women rubbed them against dyed crepe paper or ribbons.


Max Factor invented lip gloss in the 1930s.

Before Max Factor invented shiny lip gloss, dark red lipstick was all the rage.


Lipstick can contain lead and cow brain tissue.

Yes, it's true -- the FDA actually says it's OK. A very inexpensive fat can be extracted from cow brains.


Guerlain makes a lipstick that costs $20,000.

It's not $20,000 -- it's $60,000! The diamond-encrusted tube might be worth it, but we wouldn't pay more than $10,000 for lipstick with cow brains in it (right … delete three of those 0s).


Some lipsticks get their color from crushed seashells.

Actually, it's crushed beetle shells. They're often used to create a bright crimson dye.


You can make your own lipstick with beetroot powder.

All you need to create your own lipstick is beetroot powder, vegetable glycerin and vitamin E or olive oil.


Matte and long-lasting lipsticks can dry out your lips.

If you have dry lips, you'll want to steer clear of both matte and long-lasting lipsticks. They'll only make things worse.


Beeswax is the most common emollient found in lip balms.

Petrolatum is the most common emollient.


If you have easily irritated lips, you might want a lip balm that contains glycerin.

Glycerin is easiest on sensitive lips.


Instead of buying lip balm, you can just lick your lips to keep them hydrated.

No, licking never works. When the saliva dries, it takes away any moisture that was there, leaving your lips even drier.


If you want to plump up your lips, one of the options is to use collagen from a dead person.

Yes, you can use collagen from a deceased person -- that's what's in AlloDerm implants. But it would be pretty creepy to use a relative's.


You can also have your lips plumped with a filler that contains Gore-TEX.

Yep, apparently GORE-TEX isn't just for snowsuits anymore.


Lip fat transfers and implants don't last as long as human collagen injections.

Fat transfers and implants last the longest -- injections have temporary results.


Equine collagen is a popular lip plumper.

Bovine, not equine, collagen is a common injection. You need to be careful of allergic reactions, though.


Cosmetic lip enhancement is usually covered by your health insurance.

No such luck. Cosmetic lip enhancement usually isn't covered -- and it might even raise your insurance premiums in the future.


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