Keep Clean: How Bacteria Gets into Your Makeup

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Makeup bag

Not cleaning your makeup bag even if you clean every product, brush and sponge doesn’t put you in the clear. Your makeup bag needs to be cleaned out (at least once a month!) Either put it in the washing machine with your towels or in the dishwasher (this works really well if the bag is made of canvas) to get any loose, bacteria-laden products out of the bottom of the bag. Organization is key—so is cleanliness.

Tubes > Jars

If you’re using lotion that comes in a jar or tub as opposed to a tube, be sure not to dip in your fingers in it. The same goes for exfoliators, lip balms and anything that comes in a jar. Go for a tube version of your favorite lotion or jar-ridden product (or anything packed in an airless tube like JanLabs) to avoid potential irritants of the skin!

Lipstick Post a Meal

An act that happens daily, it’s important to know, if you immediately reapply your lipstick with any lip product after eating food, you’re pressing left over food particles into your lips, and into the product itself. The bacteria can then live on the surface of lipstick or inside the tube of lip gloss, which will eventually spread onto your lips in the next application. To avoid this, make sure you fully wipe off any food on your lips and if possible, brush your teeth, before reapplying lip color.

Mascara Pumping

Every time you pump mascara to “get more product on the brush,” you’re drying out the mascara, which creates a dry, dark breeding ground for germs. The mascara onto your wand that’s inevitably put into your eye (back and forth again) passes germs from your eye to the tube, where they’ll continue to live. It’s important to make sure you’re only using mascara for no longer than 3 months—and swirl the brush inside instead of pumping it up and down.

Sharing Your Goods

The most sensitive type of make to share is anything eye-related, since they are susceptible to getting bacteria in them. In general, sharing any beauty products with your friends naturally puts any of their germs into your products and vice versa. This may be the hardest to abide by, but in the long wrong, it’s advised not to share your make-up with your bff!

Double-dipping

When applying makeup, it’s best to use specific brushes for specific uses. But often, many of us are guilty of using one brush for multiple products. If you’re likely use one brush to apply powder to your face, then dip it into your blush, you’re transferring any oils from your face into your blush compact, and then redistributing those oils onto your cheeks when you apply blush. Use separate brushes for each product, and remember to clean your brushes about once a week to avoid any bacteria.

 

 

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