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Fact or Fiction: Lip Plumpers
by Staff
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.

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  • almost fact: They're losing collagen and elastin.

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

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  • almost fact: Sales actually doubled that year.

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

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  • almost fact: Palmitoyl oligopeptides irritate the lips and make them temporarily fuller.

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

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  • almost fact: Add hyaluronic acid to that list.

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

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  • almost fact: The best lip plumpers can boost your lips even more than professional injections can.

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

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  • almost fact: The test was actually done by the New York Times.

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

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  • almost fact: City Lips Original Formula Lip Pumping Treatment was the winner.

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

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  • almost fact: It was more like 1 millimeter.

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

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  • almost fact: Hold off on the cayenne! It will burn your lips. Use a few drops of cinnamon instead.

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

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  • almost fact: Try $1,500 a tooth.