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Avoid Cross Contaminating Your Beauty Products

Your beauty products can help you transform your look from one day to the next, but unfortunately, they can also transform you into someone who is dealing with a health issue if you’re not careful. With bacteria everywhere, it’s especially important to remember that certain not-so-great habits pertaining to your beauty products could lead to problems. Before you pick up your next makeup brush or apply a new coat of mascara, check out the following tips for avoiding cross-contaminating your beauty products.

Women sharing makeup

Don’t Let Someone Else Use Your Makeup
As tempting as it may be to hand your best friend your lipstick or borrow her favorite color of eyeshadow, it’s important not to share makeup, because when you do – as healthy as you may think your friend is – you’re cross-contaminating and you never know what germs are on the products you’re handing back and forth. Even if your friend says that it’s perfectly fine and that they’re completely healthy, the both of you still can’t be completely sure what germs you could be sharing. The last thing you probably want is a bad staph infection, pinkeye, or any other health issue or even for your friend to get them as well.

Use Disposable Applicators When You’re Sick
When you’re sick – or even if you feel like you might be getting sick – use disposable applicators and make sure not to “double dip.” Also, using them won’t help if your hands aren’t already clean, so make sure to wash them before and after applying makeup.

Using clean products
Use Clean Products
It may seem like a pain to clean your makeup and products but it’s essential for your health. It’s best if you clean your brushes, applicators, sponges, etc, about once a week (or more) especially if you’re using them on a daily basis. The cleaner you keep them the better it is. You’ll also want to make sure to sterilize your makeup often as well. Makeup does have a shelf life and should also be tossed if it looks or smells funny, but as far as brushes, applicators, or sponges, the same applies. If the bristles start to get hard or the products just don’t look or smell right, it’s time to replace them.

Don’t Use Testers
You wouldn’t walk up to a random stranger in a mall and ask if you could use their lipstick, but you’re essentially doing something similar when you’re using testers. You can never be sure who used the products before you, so you’re basically sharing products with a bunch of strangers who have germs that you probably don’t want to be sharing. Regardless of how tempted you are to use the testers, even if they seem to be completely clean, avoid them at all costs.

Wearing makeup can be a wonderful thing, but it’s also something that requires care and consideration. When you’re not dealing with a staph infection or any other issues, you’ll be happy you took the steps to avoid cross-contaminating your beauty products.