It's tempting to see your best friend take out her favorite (and perfectly tinted!) pinkish nude lipstick from her bag and want to borrow it once she's finished. But the truth is that you shouldn't do that unless you have some alcohol-based wipes on hand to sterilize it.
This article will reveal to you some beauty items you should avoid sharing. Check them out:
1. Any beauty product that comes in a jar.
If you have to dip your fingers into a cleanser, day or night cream, eye creams, foundation, lip balm, or other product, it's ideal to: Wash your hands before touching the formula and keep the product for your own use.
You don't want to make a petri dish (dish used to culture bacteria) out of the cream you're going to put on your face. You should remember that your body absorbs 60% of anything you put on your skin (and the bacteria that comes with it).
Bacteria and viruses that are easily transmissible, such as conjunctivitis, can be found in your beloved mascara. Because your eyes lack the same layers of protection as your skin, they are more vulnerable to diseases such as pink eye.
Also, every time you draw the wand out and push it back in to lube up the brush head, you force air into the dark bottle's base, feeding the aerobic bacteria that can survive in an oxygenated space.
Essentially, the only safe way to share your mascara, if you so wish, is to follow the lead of professional makeup artists and never use the wand that came with it; instead, use only disposable wands and never double dip.
3. Foundation that has been pressed.
Dry powders don't store bacteria as well as wet products, but that doesn't mean bacteria can't be passed from one person to the next - especially if you use a sponge to touch up near your mouth or eyes.
If your girlfriend has to touch up her shiny forehead in a selfie emergency, the only safe method to let her use your pressed powder is to spray it with an alcohol-based spray and have her swipe it over the powder once.
4. Use a lipstick or a balm on your lips. Sharing lipstick and balms is a no-no unless you keep an alcohol spray or wipe in your bag to clean them.
A high majority of people contain HSV-1, but just because it's in your system doesn't imply you'll ever display evidence of it externally. This is known as asymptomatic shedding, which means you have the virus but don't display any symptoms.
That's why it's crucial to use your own lip products; if you pass your favorite lipstick around from girl to girl and you or your buddy has the virus, you could unknowingly be spreading germs or HSV-1. You won't know if you have the ability to develop a cold sore or fever blister until you have one, which will be too late.
5. Lip gloss.
When you reapply your gloss, you're not only pushing air back into the base, but the damp, black, sticky mixture you're inserting the wand into is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
It's one thing if it's your own bacteria, but you never want to put someone else's bacteria in the mix since HSV-1 and, more commonly, the common cold can spread.
6. Cream-colored shadows.
Because the sticky nature of these types of compositions can trap and hold bacteria, it's best not to pass your cream shadow about while you're getting ready for a night out. Especially since you're likely to apply this type of product with your fingers, contaminating it with your own microorganisms.
7. Makeup brushes.
While acne is an internal skin ailment, cross-contaminating microorganisms by using someone else's brushes might exacerbate the problem.
According to Dr. Engelman, the only safe way to exchange brushes is to use a new brush or to spray your used brush with alcohol to eliminate bacteria. If you're continually breaking out, the best approach is to shampoo them once a week (and then condition them so they last a long time).
It will interest you to know that the mouth is packed with microorganisms - both beneficial and evil. The bad ones are termed anaerobic oral bacteria, which are responsible for the smelly volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) that occur when you fail to clean your teeth or that increase when you have an infection.
That's why it's critical to keep this bacteria at bay by: Brushing your teeth twice a day (morning and night) and not sharing a toothbrush.
9. Cleansing brush for the face.
These devices are classified as personal care products for a reason: they aren't intended to be shared. Consider how much debris, oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria you remove from your face every day.
Dr. Engelman believes that razors should not be shared. Even while stainless steel doesn't hold bacteria for long periods of time, someone using your razor or someone else's can still spread warts or genital herpes if you or a buddy has either.
Even worse, razors can nick you and draw blood or fluids, leaving bacteria on the blade after rinsing, increasing your risk of staph infection, hepatitis, or blood-borne viruses (like HIV, though this is exceedingly improbable).
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