Our team have all been really busy lately, sometimes through boredom but mainly through passion, with some serious housekeeping and organising on our make-up drawers, boxes, containers etc, However, when considering our daily skin-care and make up routines, we should be taking steps to protect skin and products from the bacteria, particles and other pathogens we encounter every day, without even realizing.
Here are some handy hints to help create a clean, hygienic base for all your beauty products and tools.
- Wash your make up brushes.
This is such an easy task that delivers big benefits. It also is incredibly therapeutic and gives brushes that ‘new’ feeling again. Dermatologists recommend to give your makeup brushes and sponges a good, regular wash, at least once a month, to eliminate any bacteria that may be living there. Don’t forget to disinfect the handles of your brushes too.
Disinfect all cosmetic and beauty containers like compacts, lipsticks, lip gloss, mascara containers, creams, lotions, as this can minimize cross contamination. There are so many products on the market that can eliminate germs, and some of the scents are actually quite good so can make your make up area smell fab too.
- Another way to curb bacteria found on our makeup is to sharpen all makeup pencils before use. This includes eyeliner, lip liner or anything of the sort.
- When applying makeup or skin care…
Rather than putting your fingers into your favorite product jar, use a spatula or pour some of the product into your palm to avoid contamination. Use a clean brush or sponge to apply makeup—do NOT use your fingers. To really keep on top of your cleanliness regime, remember to clean the brush or sponge after use.
- Shop smarter.
Products with pumps are a great way to limit cross contamination. “If you’re using products that come in jars, you should avoid touching the product with your fingers,” says celebrity esthetician Sarah Akram. “Not only can fingers—especially under nails—contaminate your product with bacteria, but it can throw off the pH balance of your products,” said Akram. No need to seek out special spatulas; in a pinch, just use some plastic spoons from any take away or grocery store. Remember to clean after use.
- Skip the sampling.
Every health expert will tell you that cosmetic testers are a breeding ground for bacteria. If you find yourself strolling the aisles of a Sephora or major department store, stay away from the testers! See if there’s a travel size you can purchase, or if there are sealed samples you can take home to try.
- But most importantly, strengthen your immune system by eating a well balanced diet, exercise and plenty of sleep.
Stay healthy xx
Source for article newbeauty.com – by Aly Walansky