HARM­FUL SUPERBUGS FOUND IN MAKE-UP BAGS, SAYS STUDY

Bangor Mail - - Health & Lifestyle -

NINE out of 10 beauty prod­ucts, such as mas­cara and lip gloss, har­bour harm­ful superbugs and fungi, re­search shows.

Make-up bags tested were har­bour­ing dan­ger­ous bugs such as

E. coli and staphy­lo­coc­cus which risk caus­ing skin in­fec­tions or blood poi­son­ing.

Re­searchers blame users drop­ping prod­ucts and not clean­ing them for the spread of superbugs. They also said some prod­ucts were used long af­ter their sell-by-date.

The As­ton Univer­sity team tested 467 lip­sticks, lip glosses, eye­lin­ers, mas­caras and beauty blenders.

They found 56% of lip­sticks and 55% of lip glosses were car­ry­ing staphy­lo­coc­cus bac­te­ria, as well as 69% of mas­caras, 72% of beauty blenders and 77% of eye­lin­ers.

How safe is your mas­cara?

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