Our makeup bags can be a breeding ground for bacteria and dirt. Look into it and you’ll see your favourite lip gloss, probably a well-used mascara, and a few old compacts. What you don't see is the real problem; microorganisms that might be in there creating unhealthy conditions that are bad for your skin and that can make you sick. Discover here what you need to do to look great and fight these germs.
Consider before using testers
Cosmetic counters often offer you the opportunity to try and test goods before you buy. This looks like a good offer but what you don’t see is the potential to catch something such as a fungal infection or the flu.
It is unlikely, but possible that someone with a cold sore may have tested a lipstick before you try it on. This could be a way to pass the virus onto you directly. It is perfectly acceptable to ask the sales assistant to open a new tester for you, especially if it's a lip or eye product. If they can’t do this, perhaps check to see if fresh applicators are used for each customer. Alternatively, twist the lipstick up and rather than taking a sample from the top, take one from the side.
Don't double dip
Powders are a less welcoming environment for microorganisms than liquids and creams. Pots and jars of creams that you need to dip your fingers into to apply may become more contaminated than those that are applied using an applicator. Use a cotton swab to apply eye and lip products if you're sick, make sure you don’t double dip. Use a sponge when you apply foundation and throw it out after use. Also, try not to lick your lips before applying gloss as this can be a means of transferring bacteria.
Sterilising it's the best way of preventing infecting your skin with harmful bacteria. Ensure the area where you apply your makeup is clean to avoid having any bacteria there that you will trap with the makeup. If this gets close to your skin, it might create irritation.
If your hands are dirty, there is a risk of spreading germs to your skin and makeup. Just try to keep in mind that if your skin and hands are clean every time you touch your makeup, the chances that you'll contaminate a product will dramatically decrease.
The above tips should help towards keeping your make up routine bacteria free.