Doctors Warn People About The Dangers Of "Glitter Tongue"

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Fashion On 27th October 2017

We’ve had glitter boobs, bottoms and even glitter for your vagina but now beauty buffs have found a new place to sparkle up – their tongues. Still, glitter tongue comes with a doctors' warning.

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Instagram is a place for photo ops and makeup experiments, which means that sometimes people post photos of looks you would not wear outside. A prime example of that is the new trend of putting glitter directly on your tongue. It's called Glitter Tongue, obviously.

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The "trend" involves coating your tongue in glitter and snapping a photo - yep, you can't even put it back in your mouth.

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And if you've ever done your makeup with glitter, you know you'll most likely find sparkles on your body for the next day or two - IT JUST DOESN'T GO AWAY!

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Social media is awash with pictures of women – and some men – sporting the look which has become popular at festivals.

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The craze appears to have been prompted by Australian make-up artist Jacinta Vukovic accidentally instigated the glitter tongue when some sparkles mistakenly ended up on her tongue during the creation of a dazzling lip look.

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“I thought I would embrace it and make it the main focus,” she wrote on Instagram.

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Since then, the trend has gone viral with fellow make-up artists and glitter enthusiasts attempting to recreate the glitzy mouth look.

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It follows the glitter boob trend – also dubbed 'disco tits' – as well as women 'glitter bombing' their vaginas.

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According to the Daily Mail, swallowing glitter can make you constipated, put unhealthy bacteria in your stomach, and make your poops more interesting (that last fact comes from me, a non-scientist). It's plastic.

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Dr. Adam Simon, chief medical officer at online GP service Push Doctor, said: 'Most glitter products aren't edible and therefore should not be put on the tongue, as it is likely even a small amount may be swallowed.

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On a larger scale, glitter is also bad for the environment. It’s made up of microplastics which can leach chemicals and harbor dangerous bacteria that gets into our water and food supply.

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If you do fancy giving the glitter tongue a go, we suggest opting for edible glitter like the stuff used in cake decorating or opting for a product that labels itself as non-toxic.

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Edible glitters are digestible by the body and made solely of ingredients which are food based.

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Typically they're made from either sugar or gum arabic, with licensed colors and other coatings to give the sparkle.

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