Be Wary of Your Makeup Bag

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Most women have bags of makeup that we rarely purge. We love to hold onto that perfect shade of lipstick even though we bought it eons ago.  We can’t bear to part with that just right pink eye shadow or that bronzer we bought three summers ago.  It’s probably a good idea to clean out the old stuff and replace it all with the new. 

Makeup is one of those things that are great harborers of bacteria. Old make-up is a great breeding ground for several types of bacteria that could cause serious infection. If any of your make-up is discolored, smells funny or is older than a year especially if it’s opened but rarely used, it should be tossed out.  Yes there are preservatives to slow bacteria growth, but why risk it when you face things like the MRSA virus and two types of Staphylococcus.

Staphylococus Epidermidis is one a strain of Staph that can be found on lipsticks, eye shadows and eyeliners. While this form can be found naturally on human skin those with weakened immune systems can develop an infection. This can be resistant to antibiotics and will affect the intestines if left untreated.

The other Staph bacterium is the Staphylococcus Warneri. It too is found on human skin naturally but can have devastating affects for those with weak immune systems.  If left untreated it can lead to damage in the heart valves. 

The scariest of the bacteria are MRSA and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.  Both have severe consequences.

MRSA can enter your skin through a pimple, a scratch or mucous membranes in the eyes or nose. The infection that results spreads easily and can lead to death if not treated immediately. If you notice redness, inflammation or heat over the infected area you need to seek help immediately.

Then there is the Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.  This strain of bacteria can cause sepsis, which is an infection that can lead to organ failure.  It can be found on a mascara wand and can easily nick you in the eye or enter through soft tissues.

So now that you have been sufficiently scared.  How long can you keep makeup? 

Mascara should be tossed after 3 months.

Lipstick should only be held onto for about 4 years, unless it smells really bad.  If it’s turned rancid toss it immediately. If you store it in the refrigerator it will last longer.

Lip liners lasts about 3 years, but sharpen them regularly. 

Powders and Eye shadows can last about 2 years. Again if they smell funny toss them out.

Another great tip is to wash your brushes monthly. That will help to minimize contamination. 

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