International – Unhygienic make-up bags are rife with superbugs, scientists warn

The majority of beauty products are said to be contaminated with E.coli and Staphylococci

Make-up bags across Britain are rife with potentially deadly superbugs, scientists have claimed.

Research by Aston University found more than 90% of make-up products were carrying bacteria such as E. coli and Staphylococci, which can cause blood poisoning and infections.

The study has raised fears that people are unwittingly putting themselves at risk and its authors are urging manufacturers and regulatory bodies to do more to protect consumers.

The university has called on industry leaders to make expiry dates and cleaning requirements more prominent on packaging.

Beauty blenders, a popular type of foundation applicator, were revealed to have the highest levels of potentially harmful bacteria, with 93% never having been cleaned, despite more 64% of them being dropped on the floor at some point…