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The formulation inactivated bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Mycobacterium smegmatis | Photo source Marek Studzinski on Unsplash

An antimicrobial lipstick destroys bacteria and viruses

Fashion & Beauty

The virus types tested were completely inactivated within 60 seconds of contact with the cranberry-based cream

Spotted: As of 2021, the global lipstick market was worth around $9.2 billion (around €8.5 billion) and is projected to continue growing with the increasing consciousness of personal appearance in individuals across the world. Though the popularity of makeup is ever-increasing, if not used and cleaned correctly, it can pose a risk for the user. Sharing cosmetics – including brushes, mascaras, and lip products – often means sharing germs and increasing the likelihood of passing on infections and skin diseases.

Researchers reporting in the American Chemical Society Applied Materials and Interfaces have found a way to give lipstick cream antimicrobial properties – by adding cranberry extract to the formulation. The formula, which is a deep red colour, was found to inactivate any harmful and disease-causing viruses, bacteria, and a fungus that it encountered very quickly.

The research team, led by Ángel Serrano-Aroca, mixed the cranberry extract into the cream base, which contained shea butter, babassu and avocado oil, vitamin E, and provitamin B5. After just a minute the viruses were inactivated, and bacteria, which were resistant to multiple drugs, were also substantially inactivated after five hours.

With further tests, the researchers believe that their innovative lipstick solution could provide substantial protection for the wearer against various disease-causing microbes.

Particularly following the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists have been looking for increasingly creative ways to protect us against illnesses. Springwise has also spotted a spray that kills foodborne diseases, and an antimicrobial copper that has been used in Vancouver International Airport.

Written By: Matilda Cox




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