Thursday, September 15, 2011

Top Ten Skin Sins: Using Dirty Makeup Applicators

When it comes to makeup, most women focus on the finished product. Just as important are the tools used to create that flawless face which include makeup brushes and sponges. These tools are vitally important for expert makeup application but are often tossed in a bathroom drawer or squished at the bottom of a makeup bag where they can collect dust, debris, and worst of all—bacteria.

Some of the icky things that can be passed through contaminated cosmetics applicators include conjunctivitis (pinkeye), cold sores, and colds. When you share a friend’s mascara or a few pans of blush, you may be swapping more than just makeup tips. Microorganisms from eyes, noses, mouths, blemishes, and minor abrasions can be transferred as well, making you vulnerable to an infection or a breakout.

Even if you don't share cosmetics with anyone, you can still be at risk if you rarely clean your applicators or clean them improperly. So if you want to make sure you’re putting your best face forward, follow these tips and give your tools a little TLC.

General Tips
  • Always wash your hands before applying makeup.
  • Avoid sharing makeup applicators
  • Store makeup applicators separately from makeup containers
  • Know the shelf-life of your cosmetics to avoid cross-contamination
  • Make sure moist and thick products like mascara, liquid foundation, and lip-gloss are closed properly after each use.
  • Toss disposable applicators like eye-shadow sponges after each use. 

How to Clean your Makeup Brushes
  • Clean your makeup brushes at least once a week or once a month depending on frequency of use, and the oiliness of your skin.
  • When cleaning your makeup brushes, use warm water, and a gentle anti-bacterial soap or shampoo, and rinse the fibers until the water runs clear. For quick, easy, more frequent cleanliness, use glo minerals Brush Cleaner.
  • After washing, hang wet makeup brushes by the handle to make sure that that they dry completely and that water does not enter the component.
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