Are we applying deadly bacteria directly to our faces every day? New lab tests have revealed that out-of-date cosmetics are a breeding ground for the lethal bacteria that causes meningitis and septicaemia. Sean O’Brien from Escentual.com and skin care expert to the stars Dr Frances Prenner Jones will be telling us what the dangers are and how we can avoid them.
Where is the date on make-up?
The date on make-up is on the bottom, if it's a cylinder-shaped tube, or on the back of a normal product. It usually looks like 12m or 18m etc - which means it expires 12 months or 18 months after first opening
Should we throw away all our products?
People should definitely be aware of what it is they're putting on their face, and what they can be spreading around. Most of us are resistant, but it's the babies, those in hospital or with weakened immune systems that we really need to be concerned about.
How does this compare to other things like phones / keyboards?
This is much more dangerous because it's applied to your skin - they are in constant use - which means the levels of bacteria will be getting worse and worse. Anything you put in your mouth is dangerous as its the most prevalent area for bacteria.
How can we prevent this?
You need to throw away any bottles that are 20 years old! And those twirly whirly brushes that can practically walk on their own - bin them! As a rule of thumb you need to clean your brushes once a week. And if you've used them over a spotty area or broken skin - you need to clean them immediately.
Warm and moist
Anywhere that is warm and moist - clean it out! Bacteria loves nothing more than a warm moist home. If you've had your make-up bag in the sun, be sure to wash it out - you're just creating a breeding ground for bacteria.
What's the best way to clean it?
Run it under the tap and use washing-up liquid! Just be sure to keep rinsing until it's clear from product, and then let them air dry.
What not to do
Pan sticks that you see people rubbing over their face, and then just putting the lid back on - those are awful for your skin. The same with concealer. You're just rubbing germs all over your skin again and again.