5 Essential Rules for Hygienic Makeup Application

AAmy October 23, 2023 7:01 AM

Have you ever thought about the fact that your makeup bag could be a breeding ground for bacteria? The tools and products we use daily could harbor germs and bacteria, leading to potential skin problems. That's why maintaining hygiene in makeup application is so important. Here are the 5 essential rules you should follow.

1. Regularly Clean Your Makeup Tools

One of the most important steps in maintaining a hygienic makeup routine is to regularly clean your makeup tools. Brushes, sponges, and other application tools can accumulate bacteria, dead skin cells, and oils. It's recommended to clean your tools at least once a week for frequent users, or at minimum, once a month for less frequent users.

You can clean your makeup brushes with a dedicated brush cleaner, or even a mild shampoo. Make sure to rinse them thoroughly and let them air dry. Keeping your brushes clean not only helps to keep your skin healthy, it also ensures your makeup application is flawless.

2. Don't Share Your Makeup

While it might be tempting to share your new favorite lipstick or mascara with a friend, it's best to avoid this. Sharing makeup can lead to cross-contamination and the spread of bacteria, viruses, or even mites. This can then lead to skin issues, infections, or eye irritations. Remember: if you love it, don't share it!

3. Sanitize Your Products

Believe it or not, you can and should sanitize your makeup products. This can be done by wiping the surface of powders and palettes with a clean tissue, and sharpening pencils before each use. There are also makeup sanitizing sprays available that can be lightly misted onto your products to kill bacteria.

4. Store Your Makeup Properly

Proper storage of your makeup products can greatly extend their longevity and keep them clean. Keep your products in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Avoid storing them in the bathroom where the humidity can encourage bacterial growth. It's also a good idea to keep your makeup in a clean, closed container or makeup bag.

5. Know When to Toss It

Makeup products have a shelf life, and it's important not to use them past their expiry dates. Using expired makeup can lead to skin irritation or infections. Makeup products usually have a symbol on their packaging indicating how long they are good after opening. If a product changes smell, color, or texture, it's generally a good indicator it's time to toss it.

Here's a handy table to help you keep track of common makeup product shelf lives:

Product Shelf Life
Mascara 3 months
Liquid eyeliner 6 months
Foundation 1 year
Lipstick 1-2 years
Powder products (blush, eyeshadow) 2 years

By following these rules, you can ensure a clean, healthy, and hygienic makeup routine. Remember, your skin is your largest organ and taking care of it includes keeping your makeup and tools clean.

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