As far as everyday concerns go, the mysterious nature of Kylie Jenner’s highly photographed pout does not rank highly here at PI. However, the #kyliejennerchallenge is something entirely different, and it’s definitely got us raising an eyebrow or two.
If you’re somewhat familiar with the challenge, which has indeed gone viral, then you may already know that the hashtag is essentially a dare, encouraging young teens (especially girls) to place a bottle or a jar over the mouth, inhaling the air to create a vacuum-like effect. The result? Puffy, swollen lips that are not only painful, but likewise susceptible to severe bruising.
What you may not know is that those same results are not without the potential to do some serious harm. In a recent article that addresses the phenomenon, one medical professional delivers a disturbing warning:
The new trend in trying to DIY lip plumping is quite concerning,” Dr. Dendy Engelman, a board certified dermatologic surgeon, told Seventeen.com. “Not only can significant pain, swelling, and bruising result from these suction techniques, but there is potential risk for scarring and permanent disfigurement with repeated attempts.”
Now, there are so many things (aside from the obvious, physical dangers) wrong with this challenge. Starting, of course, with celebrity idolatry and the unobtainable standards of beauty it breeds. God made you just as you are. He loves you, and so you should love you, too. No matter the size and shape of your lips.
Finally, what concerns us is the sheer fact that girls are oblivious to the harm it does, and what you don’t know can hurt you. Forget what’s trending, what’s “in” and what’s showing up (likely doctored) in your social media streams—boldly be the face of your own beauty, and offer this bizarre and superficial challenge the cold shoulder.
Your mirror will be happy to see you confident, glowing and natural.