When we find a product we love, sometimes it's hard to let it go. Just take a look through your purse or makeup bag. How many old mascaras do you have in it? When was the last time you washed your brushes? And what's the state of those lip products?
While getting the most out of our makeup is important — we get it, it isn't free — it's also important to remember that the tools and products we own can collect an array of germs.
Proving that is a video for BuzzFeed titled "How Gross Is Your Makeup?" in which three women surrender their products to be swabbed for bacteria.
"With lipstick and mascara specifically, I paid a good penny for this. I can't just throw it away after three to six months," a participant named Cissy says at the start of the video.
But following the results, everyone's a bit alarmed.
William DePaolo, an assistant professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, reveals that after swapping everyone's makeup, the results show staph as well as bacteria linked to gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea, strep throat, UTI infections, and meningitis.
"This is staph infection? What is my life? What am I doing with myself?" Devin says as she examines the bacteria from her powder brush, lipstick, mascara, and concealer.
Evidently, the video is an important reminder that our makeup is not safe from bacteria, and it is incredibly important to both replace and clean our products on a regular basis. And to be extra clean, shop for products that are created organically and without any harmful ingredients, too.
Check out more results from the full video below: