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TikTok’s Latest Trend: How the Chilli Lip Plumping Hack is Taking Over Social Media

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TikTok has done it again. The popular social media platform, known for its viral trends and challenges just came up with its hottest new trend.

The search for the fullest pout has now led tiktokers running to the produce section. The Chilli Lip Plumping Hack is not for the faint-hearted, or heat-adverse, shall we say. This unconventional hack claims to provide fuller and plumper lips, all without lip fillers or plumpers. Its secret ingredient? As the name suggests, the humble chilli.

The concept behind this trend is straightforward. Users cut open a chilli to expose its fiery insides and rub it all over their lips like lipstick to encourage plumping and swelling. 

The active compound in chilli, called capsaicin, is believed to stimulate blood flow to the lips, creating a temporary plumping effect.

While the science behind the hack makes sense, and we’ve all had spicy food before and felt our lips swollen and throbbing right after, it is arguably not the most pleasant sensation and probably something we would not like to inflict upon ourselves intentionally. 

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Advocates of the chilli lip-plumping hack claim that it provides an inexpensive and natural alternative to lip fillers or expensive lip-plumping products. TikTok users are enthusiastically sharing their experiences and results, contributing to the trend’s popularity.

However, intentionally applying chillies directly to the sensitive area of the lips raises concerns. Lips are a sensitive part of the body, and applying chilli directly to them can cause discomfort, irritation, or even allergic reactions in some individuals. Additionally, the plumping effect achieved through this hack is temporary and may not be as pronounced or long-lasting as other lip-enhancing methods. 

While this crazy new trend may be fun and unorthodox, and all of us are looking to achieve plumper lips, preferably in a cost-effective manner, we would advise readers to proceed with caution when trying this trend.  

As with any beauty trend, it’s essential to remember that everyone’s lips and skin are unique. What works for some may not work for others, and what may be safe for one person may cause issues for another. If you have any concerns or pre-existing lip conditions, it’s always wise to consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional before attempting new beauty hacks.

While the chilli lip-plumping hack may provide a fun and intriguing experiment, it’s crucial to prioritise your safety and well-being above all else. Enjoy the trend responsibly, and remember that true beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, regardless of any temporary enhancements.


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