There are women (and men!) who refuse to be seen without makeup on. Their daily routine includes applying a layer of foundation to cover all the supposed imperfections: acne scars, pimples, and god forbid anything that looks like real human biology, pores.
Unfortunately for everyone who has ever applied makeup in their lives, this spreads potentially deadly bugs all over their skin that makes them sick. (Like, actually physically sick, not sick in the “that’s so cool” sense.)
According to a new report from Aston University, 90% of beauty products currently in-use harbour superbugs such as E. coli and Staphylococci!
Makeup products such as beauty blenders, mascara, lip gloss, lipsticks, and eyeliners were tested for microbial bacteria in the study.
Beauty blenders were particularly saturated with fungi, pathogens, and bacterica such as Salmonella and E. coli, which are, generally speaking, poop-related bacteria.
They thrive in warm, moist environments and feed off the dead skin cells on your makeup tools.
The transfer of all this bacteria onto our skin can lead to infections and chronic acne. In the worst case scenario, it can lead to Typhoid fever, sepsis, and meningitis in at-risk individuals.
The study also found that 93% of makeup tools have never been cleaned, despite 64% of them having been dropped on the floor at some point in time.
What does that mean for us Malaysians?
If you or anyone in your household habitually keeps their makeup in the toilet, STOP DOING THAT IMMEDIATELY.
If you tend to flush the toilet with the lid open, it throws fecal matter into the air, which will waste no time in making themselves comfortable in your makeup brushes. (Or toothbrushes!)
Bacteria love moisture, and a warm moist bathroom is the perfect place for them to keep themselves plump and thriving in between your brush bristles.
If you drop your brush or blender on the floor, prioritize getting it cleaned before you use it again. (Reminder: POOP BACTERIA.)
Regular washing disrupts bacterial growth, while dry brushes wouldn’t let them grow at all.
All makeup have an expiry date as well, so make sure you always check that you’re not using expired products for your own safety.
While the Asian in us may feel that throwing away expired makeup is wasteful, you may often end up spending even more on skin repairing products to heal your damaged skin.
So don’t take that chance and be lazy. It’s not worth it.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.