How your make-up bag could wreck your health

A fifth of women hoard their make-up for more than five years, risking blood poisoning, urine infections and gastroenteritis, a survey has found.

Some 25 per cent of those polled admitted to keeping their mascara for up to one year, despite warnings by health and beauty experts to replace it every three months.

And 20 per cent said they keep their cleanser for at least one year ? twice as long as recommended.

Almost 10 per cent use lipsticks more than three years old ? two years beyond its expiration date.

The poll comes after a study by London Metropolitan University found old cosmetics contain unsafe levels of potentially lethal bacteria.

After testing five products including a blusher, foundation and lip gloss, researchers discovered enterococcus faecalis bacteria ? one of the mains cause of meningitis.

Other potentially-deadly bacteria found included eubacterium, which causes bacterial vaginosis and aeromonas, one of the causes of gastroenteritis and wound infections.

Researchers also discovered staphlyoccocus epidermidis, a nasty bug which is resistant to antibiotics as well as propionibacterium, one of the main causes of acne and other skin conditions.

Moreover, the tests revealed enterobacter, which causes urinary and respiratory tract infections.

And while the new survey, carried out by beauty company LiB Group, highlighted the health risks of keeping make-up past its sell by date, having a professional makeover fared little better.

Some 7 per cent of those questioned said their makeover experience was ′horrendous′, with one woman contracting viral conjunctivitis afterwards.

This to a detached retina - which can cause blindness.

Another likened her new look to ′Malibu Barbie′ adding ?there was a lot of pink? and a third claimed she ended up looking like a ′jaundiced drag queen′.

An over-enthusiastic makeover with an eyebrow pencil by one in-store beautician led to one woman questioned to observe ′my eyebrows were made to look like the Nike logo′.

Katie Tillard, Chief Operating Officer for LiB Group said: ′We all have one or two unusual items in our beauty collection but it?s clear from this research that lots of women also keep stuff they just don?t use.

′We advise that women should listen to their friends when it comes to the latest beauty recommendations, and should try sample sizes so that if you don?t end up liking it, you?ll be saving on space in your make-up bag and money in your wallet,′ said Ms Tillard.

The poll also revealed the most unusual items women keep in their make-up bags, including horse shampoo, KY jelly ′to use as hair gel′, a screwdriver and cat biscuits.

Other peculiar objects included guitar plectrums, pubic hair dye and a hamster grooming brush.

The research questioned 5,000 women across the UK about their beauty habits.

One woman said: ′I use cat biscuits to distract my cat whilst I try to do make-up. He likes to play with the brushes,′

Another confessed to keeping a tube of haemorrhoid cream handy ? to rub on the bags under her eyes.

The survey suggested women?s habits are evolving when it comes to shopping for cosmetics, with over half (51 per cent) questioned saying they also now use the internet to purchase beauty products.

Most Read

★Top 5 foods for glowing skin

★Guinness World Record for bearded woman Harnaam Kaur

★Humans evolved to benefit from fermented foods

★5 surprising beauty benefits of amla

★The best effective and natural plants for a good memory

★10 Surprising Things That Can Cause You to Lose Muscle

★10 Most Effective Weight Loss Exercises For Torching Fat

★The Key to Healthy Aging

★Breakthrough drug restores more than 90% of lost hair in most patients

★8 Fruits that Burn Fat: Include Them In Your Diet For Great Health Benefits

★23 foods that contain NO calories

★Work stress may lead to irregular heart rate

★Why You Need to Start Combining Avocados and Peaches

★Can Eating Bananas Help You Lose Weight?

★Natural Herbal Gummies

★Dairy and vitamin D supplements protect against bone loss

★Acne sufferers likely to live longer than people with flawless skin

★15 Best Heart-Healthy Foods

★Fasting might be good for your healh, research says

★The amazing and healthy benefits of meditation!

★Recycling temple waste along the Ganges with Help Us Green

★How to Make Elderberry Syrup

★Legumes, nuts and kale can help you get big muscles

★Does ginger gene offer key to younger looking skin?

★Carbohydrates and sugars

★Skin tone linked to fruit and vegetable consumption

★5 Common Mistakes that May Ruin Your Skin

★15 Powerful Asanas of Yoga to Reduce Belly Fat

★8 Best Foods to Eat for Weight Loss

★6 Best Oils for a Naturally Clear and Glowing Skin

★4 Foolproof Tips to Make Healthy Veggie Chips at Home

★Daylight Savings Time: That miserable time of year when many mourn loss of one-hour sleep

★10 Weight Loss Tips to Make Things Easier (and Faster)

★5 Effective Baba Ramdev Yoga Asanas To Increase Height

★Weight-lifting and protein shakes rich in growth hormones may make you bald

★4 Superfoods for a Healthy Looking Skin

★Using Kalonji Seeds for Weight Loss

★The Best Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss

★Skinny jeans and big fluffy hoods contribute to back pain

★3 Must Try Face Yoga Exercises For Glowing Face

★Smoking and sight loss warning

★Yoga Poses for People with Less Flexible Body

★Surgery addict rushed to hospital after his body REJECTED his new nose

★Is there a way to combat greying?

★9 Super Simple Exercises to Reduce Belly Fat

★Learn How To Do Pearl Facial At Home To Get Naturally Glowing Skin Instantly

★Outdoor Activities to Lose Weight

★Combat the Cold with Fresh Oregano Tea

★6 Best Oils for a Naturally Clear and Glowing Skin

★Working It Out: The future of work and digital

©2023 All rights reserved.