Despite the fact that these sponges, like makeup brushes, are usually left damp with liquid or cream after use — making them particularly sexy to things like E. coli to breed — approximately 93 percent of people admitted they had never washed theirs. (For the uninitiated, these types of bacteria can lead to unwanted breakouts and skin infections, let alone a hospital visit if entered into the bloodstream so . . . not ideal.
Amreen Bashir, who led the study, adding that brands should outline clear instructions because "more needs to be done to help educate consumers and the makeup industry as a whole about the need to wash beauty blenders regularly and dry them thoroughly" — but they also prove just how important it is to hold yourself accountable for your own health.
In news that would make literally anybody but your makeup-hating cousin who’s only ever heard of lip balm cringe: nine out of 10 beauty products (and tools) you use everyday are likely contaminated with "potentially life-threatening" superbugs, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.
Researchers at Aston University’s School of Life and Health Sciences looked at used cosmetics across multiple categories — from lipstick to eyeliner to mascara — and found high levels of bacteria like E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus in all of them. The biggest offender?
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