To all the ladies,
We are all guilty of loving and owning some amounts of cosmetic make-up. It is definitely a must-have for covering up an unattractive blemish or bringing out our beautifully natural features. However, there can be a dangerous side to make-up if you don’t use it right. Make-up leaves room for bacteria, infection, acne and plenty of other skin-related issues. Here are some easy tips to safe make-up use that will keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.
- Throw away your old makeup. Over time, your makeup is exposed to air and bacteria every time you use it. These bacteria grow in your makeup, which makes it no longer healthy for you to use.
- Wash your hands. Because you often use your fingers to apply make-up, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before beginning. Not only are your fingers in constant contact with bacteria, they also have natural oils in them that can create breakouts.
- Wash your face. This is pretty self-explanatory since you never want to put make-up on a dirty face. You would be trapping dirt inside your pores if you didn’t wash your face, allowing pimples and blackheads to grow.
- Keep everything clean. Leaving your brushes and powders out, liquid foundations open, and eyeliners uncapped is going to quicken the amount of bacteria growing. Remembering to put your make-up away might be difficult in moments of rushing, but it will definitely help prevent skin issues for you in the long run.
- Sharing is NOT caring. Do not borrow or let others borrow your make-up. It’s like sharing a toothbrush. You could catch their sickness, bacteria, and who knows what else. Although lending lip gloss might seem tempting, it is best to say no or you may want to think about letting her keep it and buying a new stick yourself.
- Here is the shelf life of common make-up items:
- Concealer: 12 months
- Powder: 2 years
- Pencil Eye Liner: Up to 3 years
- Eyeshadow: Up to 3 years
- Brushes: Wash every 2-3 months in mild detergent
- Sponges: Wash every week; discard monthly
- Foundation: Water-based will ast up to 12 months, Oil-based will last up to 18 months
- Lip Liner: Up to 3 years
- Lipstick: Varies, usually 1-2 years
- Mascara: 4 months
- Nail Polish: Up to 12 months