We spend copious amounts of time taking care of ourselves. There’s the time you spend on your physique along with obtaining inner-health through the devotion you give to your gym. Then there’s time we spend on our hair and clothes to ensure we look presentable enough to avoid the stink eye or gasps from the general public. There’s even the time we spend cleaning up after the giant mess we’ve created while impressing others through the beautification process. Basically, we like to look good for anyone who’s looking. Yes, this includes your reflection.
Care time that isn’t devoted is to the products that make us oh, so pretty. That’s right, even your makeup needs some TLC.
Think about it. You put your makeup on your face or put it on your hands then put it on your face. Then you touch the container, palette or brush and put it back in your bag. Repeat daily. What you have now isn’t a collection of sweet eye shadow colors but of some pretty icky bacteria.
In a 2011 article published on MSNBC.com, “Germs Lurking In Old Makeup: It isn’t Pretty,” Dr. Andrea Thau, an optometrist from New York, discussed the scary side effects of using old makeup. She explains that while they may vary the effects can be but are not limited to burning sensations, skin irritation or redness or even hair loss. You can also contract bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus or Staphylococcus epidermidis. This exists on the skin but is what gets transferred when you use the same products each day.
As if we aren’t stressed enough, the FDA doesn’t actually require makeup companies to use an expiration date for their products. Yet again, making our lives more challenging. This is most likely because the products will be used in the time you should get rid of them but what if they’re not?
Some women have bags of makeup they’ve collected for years. In there is the bacteria you smeared from your face and onto the brush. In there is the water washed bronzer brushes that have since dried (hopefully) but could be growing fungus from their intimate moments with the faucet.
Are you livid at the FDA and grossed out by your atrocity of a makeup bag? Same here. The great thing is you’re not going to pass away and it’s not too late to start taking care of your precious makeup treasures. Here are a few tips to keep your tools clean and of course that gorgeous money-maker of yours:
- Wipe down your tools once a week with an anti-bacterial wipe. If your makeup bag is lined, wipe that out too and let it dry. Once you do this, discard the evidence. It’s going to look like a crime scene.
- Purchase some brush cleaner from a beauty supply store. Spray this on your makeup brushes once every few days and wipe across a paper towel. If you’ve never done this before, the paper towel will look like a Monet when you’re done.
- Wash. Your. Hands. You may need to invest in some serious hand moisturizer after a week but it will be worth it. After you apply something to your face using your fingers, wash your hands. This will help prevent the transmittal of bacteria.
- Toss your eye makeup after 3 months. If you haven’t used it up by then still toss it.
- Check out Beauty Alert where you can actually order cosmetic, expiration labels. Slap those puppies on your mascara or foundation and you won’t have to waste space in your planner!
With all the time you spend looking so stunning, consider cleaning up after the mess those dirty tools can leave behind.