Market America | SHOP.COM's Five Things You Don't Know About Makeup Safety That Should Scare You

Safety isn't really a word we hear when discussing cosmetics, but that doesn't mean it's not important.

"Safety" isn't really a word we hear when discussing cosmetics, but that doesn't mean it's not important. For something we use so regularly that is applied to some of our most precious features, you would think we should be taking all precautions necessary to prevent harm. That's why we wanted to have a little chat about the basics of cosmetic safety and how to implement it into your routine. The word "cosmetics" covers a lot of things, as found in the Federal Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act, which defines them as "articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body ... for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance." Unfortunately, with a lot, if not most cosmetics, we can often risk our health if we are not aware of the dangers that come with unsanitary products. From blindness to blood poisoning (yes, you read that correctly!), unsanitary cosmetics can cause an array of health problems. In one study from October 2019, 467 products (lipstick, lip gloss, eyeliners, mascara and beauty blenders) were donated for testing. The study showed that 70–90% of all used cosmetics were contaminated with bacteria. Of the products, lip gloss and beauty blenders were found to have the highest amount of bacteria, including types such as Staphylococcus aureus(the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections) as well as Escherichia coli (which causes bacterial infections). From the study, Dr. Amreen Bashir also informed us on how of the 70% to 90% of cosmetic products, beauty blenders contained the highest total microbial load and more than 25% carried faecal contaminants. Yes, you read that correctly — faecal contaminants on products you are applying to your face; just let that sink in. With that, they advised to avoid storing and using makeup in the bathroom. No matter how clean you keep your bathroom, its best to stop keeping things we regularly apply to our face near the toilets. So, that's a lot of ground to cover, but let's make it simple! [Market America | SHOP.COM is going to break down five easy steps that you can take to ensure all of your cosmetics are safe to use.](https://bit.ly/3ij8s9Y "Five easy steps to ensure all of your cosmetics are safe to use!")