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Bacteria In Your Makeup

By Mirjana Gjorevska

 Surely you knowthatyou should cleanyourmakeupbrushesoncea week andyou had to to throw awaycosmeticproductsthat haveexpiredshelf life, butthat does not meanyou're finish the job donewhenit comes tothe presenceofbacteriainyourdressing case. Bacteriastend to beveryclever, soonce theyenterin yourmakeupfor surely they couldcausea lot ofskinproblemslike acne, rednessandunwantedinfections.

protect makeup from bacteria

Clean Your Make Up Products

To keep your cosmetics without bacteria, read the ways that bacteria enter your cosmetics, and how to avoid that process.
Use of plastic makeup boxes instead of tubes
  If you use a lotion that comes in a box or in a larger bowl that is opposed to a tube lot more bacteria will enter in the product whenever you put your fingers inside the box. The same goes for hair masks, and everything that comes in a box.  Bacteria found in lotions, go directly to your face and cause irritation, acne and redness. Always choose the version of lotion in a tube or bottle with a special opening. However, if your favorite product comes exactly in such packaging, always use cotton instead of bare fingers.

Pumping the mascara 

proper use of mascara

Proper Use Of Mascara

  Whenever you pump the mascara to get more out of the product on the brush, you just dry it up, creating a dry, dark ground for bacteria. Putting the same mascara on your wand, then the eye, and then back again in the tube, you are transferring bacteria from the tube directly into the eye, where they continue to live. Make sure that you don’ use the same mascara for longer than three months and it would be better to turn the brush around,in the inside, rather than pump in and out.

Sneezingwhile usingapplicator
  Might seeminnocent, butif yousneezeonyourmakeupwhileapplying,youimmediatelyenterbacteriainyouropenbox. If you feel youneedtosneeze(especially while applyingmascara, which of courseat the same momentcancompletelydestroyyourhard work), thenit would be bettertogoto anotherroomandavoidsneezingonyourmakeup.
Applying lipstick after eating
  This applies to any product for lips, but right after eating if you apply your lipstick, you just washed up particles of bacteria around your lips, but also on the product itself. Bacteria can then remain on the surface of your lipstick or inside the tube of your lip gloss, and possibly later to spread on your lips in the next application. Be sure that you have removed every trace of food on your lips and if possible, wash your teeth before putting a product on the lips.

Sharing of your makeup products
This is especially true when it comes to makeup, because your eyes are more prone to collecting bacteria in them, so if you share any beauty products with your friends, you actually change the bacteria. Even if you are out with your best friends and one of them forgot her lip gloss, do not share yours. It never ends well.

Not cleaning your makeup bag

dirty makeup bag

Makeup Bag

  Even if you constantly cleaning every product, brush or sponge in your makeup bag, it does not mean that everything is clean. Your makeup bag must be cleaned regularly and you should do it at least once monthly. If it is easy for you, place it in the washing machine or in the dishwasher (it works really well if the bag is made of cloth) to remove any possible bacteria that can be found at the bottom of the makeup bag.

Using the same brush for multiple makeup products
  Yes, there are certain types of brushes that could be used for any type of makeup application, but in reality, many of us are guilty for using the same brush for more products. If you use one brush for applying powder to your face, and then you use the same brush for applying blush, then you transfer fat from your face to blush. Brutal, isn’t it? Make sure to distribute brushes for each product separately and do not forget to clean your brushes once a week.

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