Your BLENDER OF BEAUTY can kill you!
No, we are not trying to scare you or something, but just citing a study that has claimed that your favorite beauty blender or other makeup products can be a breeding ground for deadly bacteria.
According to a study conducted at Aston University in the United States, life-threatening bacteria have been found in popular makeup products.
The study suggests that the vast majority of makeup products in use, such as beauty mixers, mascara and lip gloss, have been found to be contaminated with life-threatening superbugs, the researchers warned.
Makeup products used every day by millions of people in the United Kingdom are contaminated with life-threatening insects, such as E. coli and Staphylococci, because most are not cleaned and used well beyond their expiration dates, he said. Lead author of the Amreen Bashir study of Aston University in the United States.
The study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology believes that bacteria that can cause diseases ranging from skin infections to blood poisoning if used near the eyes, mouth or cuts or scratches were found in nine of every ten products. This risk is amplified in immunocompromised people who are more likely to get infections from opportunistic bacteria.
During the study, the researchers analyzed the beauty products of the blender, very popular makeup sponges that are used to mix the base and contour of the face. Beauty mixers are sponges that are used to apply base products to the skin and it was discovered that these same applicators have the highest levels of potentially harmful bacteria, and the vast majority (93 percent) have never been cleaned, despite that more than two thirds (64 percent) fell to the ground at some time during use.
These blenders have often been backed by celebrities and an industry estimate suggests that blenders totaling 6.5 million have been sold worldwide.
The researchers found that these products are particularly susceptible to contamination, as they are often left wet after use, which creates an ideal breeding ground for harmful bacteria.
The poor hygiene practices of consumers when it comes to wearing makeup, especially beauty mixers, is very worrying when we consider that we find bacteria such as E. coli, which is related to fecal contamination, which reproduce in the products that we tried Bashir added.
The findings reveal that consumers risk involuntarily and that manufacturers and regulatory bodies should do more to protect their customers by making expiration dates and cleaning requirements more prominent on the packaging.
The EU guide requires that makeup brands meet strict manufacturing hygiene standards and states that E. coli in particular should not be found in any concentration on new cosmetic products.
However, there is currently limited consumer protection around the risks of contaminating products while in use.
According to the study, after Brexit, UK consumers could be at even greater risk, since they will no longer be protected by EU regulations and could find themselves buying more beauty products from the US. UU., For example, where there are no regulatory requirements to put expiration dates on makeup packaging at all.
With contributions from IANS