Make-up Products Contain Dangerous Bacteria: Study

Life-threatening bacteria found in Make-up products

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Our daily make-up products are contaminated with dangerous superbugs. Pixabay

The vast majority of in-use make-up products such as beauty blenders, mascara and lip gloss are contaminated with potentially life threatening superbugs, researchers have warned.

“Make-up products used every day by millions of people in the UK are contaminated with potentially deadly bugs, such as E.coli and Staphylococci, because most are not being cleaned and are used far beyond their expiry dates,” said study lead author Amreen Bashir from Aston University in the US.

According to the study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, bacteria that can cause illnesses ranging from skin infections to blood poisoning if used near eyes, mouth or cuts or grazes were found in nine out of ten of the products.

This risk is amplified in immunocompromised people who are more likely to contract infections from opportunistic bacteria.

The relatively new beauty blenders – sponges used to apply skin foundation products – were found to have the highest levels of potentially harmful bacteria – with the vast majority (93 per cent) not having ever been cleaned, despite more than two thirds (64 per cent) being dropped on the floor at some point during use.

The research looked at beauty blender products – hugely popular make-up sponges used to blend foundation and contouring on the face.

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The make-up products are contaminated by bacteria due to poor hygiene. Pixabay

Often endorsed by celebrities, these sponges are estimated to have sold over 6.5 million worldwide.

The researchers found these products are particularly susceptible to contamination as they are often left damp after use, which creates an ideal breeding ground for harmful bacteria.

“Consumers’ poor hygiene practices when it comes to using make-up, especially beauty blenders, is very worrying when you consider that we found bacteria such as E.coli – which is linked with faecal contamination – breeding on the products we tested,” Bashir said.

The findings reveal that consumers are unwittingly putting themselves at risk, and that manufacturers and regulatory bodies should do more to protect their customers by making expiry dates and cleaning requirements more prominent on packaging.

EU guidance holds make-up brands to strict hygiene standards of manufacture and states that E.coli in particular should not be found in any concentration in new cosmetic products.

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However, there is currently limited consumer protection around the risks of contaminating products while in use.

According to the study, post-Brexit, UK consumers could be at even greater risk as they will no longer be protected by EU regulations and could find themselves purchasing more beauty products from the US – for example – where there are no regulatory requirements to put expiry dates on make-up packaging at all. (IANS)

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Easy Home Decor Ideas For You During Lockdown

Try these home decor ideas during lockdown

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Hre's a summer makeover for your home. Pixabay

This summer season is all about trying new trends while spending time at home. Making the most of your cocoon and staying safe in the current times is a priority.

For an exciting twist to your everyday home sheltering, here are a few tips of a quick makeover to enjoy, or better yet make the heat a little more bearable.

“The lockdown phase has certainly brought along the opportunity to embrace this time by exploring your creative instincts while being mindful of personal and environmental hygiene. Since, your home has become your only shelter, staycation destination and hangout spot for some time now, we should take care of the look and feel of the interiors and maintain proper cleanliness to enjoy being cocooned and safe in our perfect abode,” says Parul Mittal, Director, Greenlam Industries Ltd.

Mittal shares with IANSlife these easy to do home decor ideas:

Vacation vibes at home

Is the beach or hill side staycation calling you out? If the answer is yes, then bring the easy-breezy vacation vibes to your home. Opt for a wooden overhaul to refresh your room with its natural essence.

Decorative veneers that radiate warmth and tranquility of natural wood give you a feeling of the outdoors indoor. Adorn your accents, sofa covers and cushions in shades of white to invite as much light into the room as possible. Now, all you need is your delicious summer mocktail to relish your vacation time at home!

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Decorate your room with natural wood and white sofa covers. Pixabay

Favourite corner

We all have a favourite spot at home which gives us immense comfort and happiness. Such corners can play a major role in unwinding us from a hectic work from home yet recharge you for days ahead. Therefore, it’s important to keep it clean and summer ready. Place a bean bag or a single mattress along with floral patterned cushions for an exotic touch. Today, people are extensively looking for wood flooring options that are easy to maintain and durable. Go for real wood floors that are temperature neutral as they resist becoming too hot or cold with the sudden rise and drop in the temperature. Lastly, make the best out of waste by revamping an old suitcase as a table or a storage for your fun activities.

Enjoy summer while working at home

You can effortlessly replicate this season’s liveliness and vibrancy around your work desk at home. Start with mixing playful pastel hues like pale pink, dark sea green and moonstone blue to introduce a new life to your working area. When these shades are used against laminate walls in light brown shade, it beautifully accentuates those pops of colour. Arrange all the essential work stationary and gadgets on your desk to keep the space neat and tidy. This minimal workspace will help you focus while working at an optimum speed to achieve a work-life balance even while working from home.

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Bring a new life to your workplace and enjoy summer while working from home. Pixabay

With this decor, enjoy warmth and good vibes throughout the day!

Home Hygiene

Home paves way for a peaceful mind and a calm soul during the warm season. While keeping yourself hydrated, it is also important to maintain personal and environmental hygiene to keep oneself safe from the germs. Well, worry not, as there are surfaces like antibacterial laminates for your walls and table-tops that can help you do that. Moreover, looking at the current situation, it is best to choose antibacterial laminates which can retard the growth of bacteria up to 99.99 per cent, making it a hygienic surfacing option for your walls.

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Living room

This summer season while quarantining at home our living room will be used more often. Keeping this space clean and spacious which infuses tranquillity and doubles the fun of the quality time with family. Bring some fresh plants inside from your garden to complement the natural decor theme. Pair summer tones like light blue, green and orange with your engineered wood floors to infuse a dose of refreshing air. As an important health advisory by the government, we too suggest to always keep a hand sanitizer close by and maintain cleanliness at home. (IANS)

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Manushi Chhillar Joins Hands with UNICEF to Promote Menstrual Hygiene

Manushi believes there still is silence and misinformation

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Manushi is all set to promote the need to educate girls with all information on maintaining hygiene. Wikimedia Commons

Former Miss World and Bollywood debutant Manushi Chhillar has joined hands with Unicef to promote menstrual hygiene as she says there still is silence and misinformation.

On World Menstrual Hygiene Day on Thursday, Manushi will be promoting the need to educate girls with all information on maintaining hygiene, constructing adequate sanitation facilities and providing quick access to feminine hygiene products.

“Menstruation is still a taboo and we will have to work hard towards ensuring that every girl, every woman in every corner of our country is safe,” said Manushi, who has participated in the UNICEF global initiative called the Red Dot Challenge – a symbol adopted by the world body to depict menstrual cycle.

Manushi, who also runs her own initiative on menstrual hygiene called Project Shakti, said that every girl has the right to accurate information about her body.

“Every young girl has the right to accurate information about her body. Without the right information, girls often don’t know how to safely manage their period. There still is silence and misinformation. We have come a long way but a lot still needs to be done.

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“Without the right information, girls often don’t know how to safely manage their period.”, Manushi was quoted saying. Pixabay

“We all need to contribute towards raising awareness on this. I’m proud and honoured to be associated with UNICEF for this novel initiative that aims at debunking misinformation, taboos and also raise awareness on this critical issue.”

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Manushi is all set to make her Bollywood debut opposite superstar Akshay Kumar in the upcoming film “Prithviraj”.

Directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, “Prithviraj” is based on the life of king Prithviraj Chauhan. It stars Akshay as Prithviraj, while Manushi will play the role of the Sanyogita, the love of his life. (IANS)

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Above 51% Women Believe Indian Schools Don’t Have Menstrual Awareness Programme: Survey

Approximately 60 percent women believe that Indian schools do not have adequate facilities for girls to dispose off sanitary napkins

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"Without the right information, girls often don't know how to safely manage their period.", Manushi was quoted saying. Pixabay

More than 51 percent of women respondents say that Indian schools do not have a proper system to prepare teen and adolescent girls regarding the onset of menstrual periods. Nearly 60 percent women feel schools lack adequate facilities for girls to change and dispose of sanitary pads off, says a survey.

Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020 falling , and feminine hygiene brand Everteen had conducted the fifth edition of its annual Menstrual Hygiene Survey.

The survey was conducted among nearly 7000 Indian women participating from various cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kolkata.

Over 51 percent women respondents claimed that Indian schools do not have adequate systems to educate or mentally prepare teen and adolescent girls regarding the onset of menstrual periods. More than 95 percent women asserted that Indian school system should have some awareness programs to prepare girls on the subject. The survey also revealed that during adolescence, nearly 60 percent women did not have any prior knowledge about menstrual periods. In fact, as many as 38 percent women had first misinterpreted it as an injury or disease.

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Nearly 60 percent women did not have any prior knowledge about menstrual periods. Pixabay

In terms of infrastructure, almost 59 percent women felt that schools do not have adequate cleanliness of public toilets or facilities for girls to change and dispose sanitary pads off.

Chirag Pan, CEO, PAN Healthcare, says, “Menstrual hygiene and wellness have been known issues in the Indian context. While there has been progress in recent years, it is imperative that we leverage our strength in the Indian value-based systems and inculcate the importance of good menstrual hygiene from the onset of puberty itself. Schools can and must play a pivotal role in bringing this paradigm shift through classroom education, awareness programs and focused infrastructure development.”

In workspaces too, 41 percent women felt their office needed better cleanliness and facilities to change and dispose sanitary pads off in toilets.

The survey also suggests that the role that doctors can play in preventing gynecological problems is significantly downplayed due to the shame and guilt associated with menstrual cycles in Indian context. More than 50 percent women said they have had some gynecological infection or problem such as UTI, rashes, foul smell or itching during or after menstrual cycle in the past one year. Among these, 20 percent of women had such issues more than 3 times during the year. More than 64 percent women have faced irregularities in their period dates, out of which half have had to deal with it more than 3 times in a year. Ironically, only 37 percent of women said they consult a doctor in case or irregular periods, whereas 32 percent prefer to discuss it within the family and 30 percent just ignore it. Similarly, more than 54 percent women have had white discharge, but only 25 percent prefer to consult a doctor.

As many as 56 percent women believe that menstruation is still perceived as a taboo in Indian society. Not surprisingly, then, more than 42 percent of women felt uncomfortable buying sanitary essentials from a shop or a chemist, especially when there were several other customers. Because of the guilt associated with menstrual cycle, 87 percent women admitted that they had to hide or secretly take their sanitary product for changing. Interestingly, more than three-fourth of the respondents said that menstruation would not have been such a taboo subject in the society if men had it too!

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87 percent women admitted that they had to hide or secretly take their sanitary product for changing. Pixabay

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Another key revelation from the survey shows that 53 percent women have used a public toilet more than 3 times at an office, mall or cinema hall to change sanitary product. Hariom Tyagi, CEO, Wet and Dry Personal Care,says, “Our survey shows that 75 percent women feel uncomfortable having to use public toilets to change sanitary products. Yet, more than 93 percent women still use sanitary napkins. By switching to better, modern-age menstrual hygiene methods (MHM) such as menstrual cups, women can reduce the number of times they have to change their sanitary product in a day. Many women have told us that using menstrual cups has greatly reduced their daily discomfort due to periods.” The survey revealed that menstrual cups are now being used by 4 percent of the women, and their adoption has overtaken tampons by almost double.

One of the alarming trends that emerged from the survey shows that more than one-third women said they have used a pill or some other method to delay periods in case of an important occasion. (IANS)