Makeup is a glorious thing isn’t it, but if you were to give a second’s thought to the amount of germs and bacteria that could be festering in your makeup products, sponges, and applicators I suspect that you wouldn’t continue to be this impressed. The sad thing is that these tiny organisms are actually coming from our own skin and contaminating our sponges, and inevitably getting into our makeup. Our makeup products and sponges could be a terrible ground for infections and disease if we don’t step up our cleaning game.
I think you would like to know that the type of bacteria that exists on your skin actually has a profile. Every person does. So the combination of bacteria, protozoa, viruses, and fungi is making up some form of bacterial flora (germ profile) that exists on our skin as well as inside our bodies. If you are interested in their fancier names there you go; staphylococcus epidermidis, streptococcus viridians, and micrococcus.
The above are all normal germs but what you should look out for and avoid at all costs are pathogens. A pathogen is any type of bacteria, virus, or organism that will cause infections and diseases, such as E. coli, strep, salmonella, and staph aureus.
So what can be done to prevent the growth of such harmful germs? There are some very obvious tips such as washing our hands prior to and after applying makeup. Not sharing our makeup with others. Regularly cleaning our brushes and applicators. But what happens when you use your makeup when you’re sick? Yes this is a tricky one and one that goes overlooked most of the time. Aim to thoroughly cleanse all makeup products and applicators if you were sick. A simple cold or flu virus can survive on lipsticks for weeks due to the waxes and proteins that make up these lipsticks.
Another important tip to keep in mind is keeping specific brushes or sponges for applying makeup to pimples. These applicators have to be washed extra diligently. For more tips read below.
1 || Don’t store your makeup products and brushes in the bathroom as fecal matter transfers to makeup over time.
2 || Beware of placing your makeup on unsanitary surfaces such as your desk at work or the bathroom counter at the gym.
3 || Spray your makeup products with isopropyl alcohol and allow them to dry before using. This is suitable for pressed powders, cream makeup, metal tools such as an eyelash curler, and also suitable for your makeup bag.
4 || Use an alcohol wipe and gently wipe the outer layer and surfaces of makeup. Allow the products to dry before using them. This is suitable for lipsticks, concealers, eye and lip liners, and metal tools.
5 || All makeup sponges, brushes, and beauty blenders have to be thoroughly washed with warm water mixed with 1-2 tablespoons of liquid soap. A beauty blender can be rubbed on a hard bar of soap and then submerged in water while gently squeezing the blender so it forms a lather. Continue to squeeze and rinse the blender until the water runs clear.
To sum it up turns out all bacteria and germs come from our own skin unless we share our makeup. Dirty makeup and makeup applicators won’t actually kill us but they will cause some illnesseses and infections. Finally you should aim to sanitise your makeup products and applicators regularly, preferably every week; make it an easy end of week ritual and you will thank us.