Thursday, 30 January 2014

7 Ways Bacteria Gets Into Your Beauty Products




You may know that you need to clean your makeup brushes once a week and toss your beauty products once they’re expired, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear when it comes to having bacteria in your products. Bacteria can be tricky, and once it gets into your makeup, it can cause a lot of problems for your skin like acne, redness and infection.
To help you keep your cosmetics free of germs, here are seven ways that bacteria is getting into your makeup, and how to avoid it.

Using jars instead of tubes: If you’re using lotion that comes in a jar or tub as opposed to a tube, you’re putting bacteria into the product each time you dip in your fingers. The same goes for hair masks, exfoliators and anything that comes in a jar, but bacteria-filled lotion going onto your face can cause irritation, acne and redness. Go for a tube version of your favourite lotion, then go one step further to grab product with a cotton swab or clean spatula instead of your fingers.

Mascara pumping: Every time you pump mascara to “get more product on the brush,” you’re drying out the mascara, creating a dry, dark breeding ground for germs. Putting that mascara onto your wand and into your eye, then back and forth again, passes germs from your eye to the tube, where they’ll continue to live. Make sure you’re only using mascara for no longer than 3 months, and swirl the brush inside instead of pumping it up and down.

Sneezing while applying: It may be innocent, but if you sneeze around your makeup while applying, you’re immediately putting bacteria into any open container. If you feel a sneeze coming on (especially during mascara application, which can entirely ruin all your hard work), walk into another room to avoid sneezing on your products.

Reapplying lipstick after eating: This goes for any lip product, but if you immediately reapply your lipstick after eating food, you’re pressing left over food particles into your lips, and into the product itself. Bacteria can then live on the surface of lipstick, or inside the tube of lip gloss, which will eventually be spread onto your lips in the next application. Make sure you fully wipe off any food on your lips and if possible, brush your teeth, before reapplying lip colour.

Sharing your products: This is especially true for eye makeup because your eyes are most susceptible to getting bacteria in them, but if you’re sharing any beauty products with your friends, you’re immediately putting any of their germs into your products and vice versa. Even if you’re out with your best friend and she forgot to bring her lip gloss in her clutch, don’t share. It never ends well.

Not cleaning your makeup bag: Even if you clean every product, brush and sponge in your makeup bag, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Your makeup bag needs to be cleaned out, and you should be doing this at least once a month. Either put it in the washing machine with your towels or in the dishwasher (this works really well if the bag is made of canvas) to get any loose, bacteria-laden products out of the bottom of the bag.

Double-dipping brushes: Yes, there are certain brushes that you should be using for each kind of makeup application, but in reality, many of us are guilty of using one brush for multiple products. If you use one brush to apply powder to your face, then dip it into your blush, you’re transferring any oils from your face into your blush compact, and then redistributing those oils onto your cheeks when you apply blush. Gross, right? Try using your fingers or separate brushes for each product, and remember to clean your brushes about once a week.

Good luck!

¬ Neni ¬

25 comments:

  1. Hello ma. You are an answer to my prayers. I just saw this blog and have learnt a lot already. Please am fair skinned with pimples and black spots on my face and back. Also have dark armpits. Please advise what soap I can use. ..The best deodorant to use and what to do to my armpit. ...and also the best shaving procedure as I have shaving bumps. Thanks a lot I know my requests seem endless

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    1. Hi!
      For soap: Delta soap or Idole soap.
      For deodorant: Nivea deodorant spray or roll-on.
      For treatment: Every night, after bathing, rub lime juice in your armpits. Allow it to dry. Leave for an hour then wipe clean with a wet towel. Rub some powder in the armpits after that.
      Shaving procedure: Use veet hair remover for sensitive skin and in no time, your armpits will be back to normal.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Hi, pls can you recommend any good supplements for skin and hair? Thanks

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    1. Perfectil Hair, Skin and Nails is a personal favourite of mine.

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  3. Thank you. I have been using fair and white for a while and noticed whenever I don't use it the acne on my back comes out. Should I still change soap. Also toilet soap also not good on me. Someone recommended olay. .what do you think? Thanks for answering me

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    1. Yes, I think you should because it seems to be making your skin extremely sensitive.
      Olay soap is very gentle on the skin. I think it's a good choice.

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    2. Thank you so much. I have already purchased idole soap. Let me try it out and see how it goes.

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  4. I'm a light-skinned girl and i have serious pimple breakouts and they leave spots on my face. I use Epiderm and it really works but it makes my face lighter than my skin and I've noticed that if I discontinue it, the pimples resurface and get really big and painful. Is there a permanent solution? Also, I use Easy White Shower Cream to bathe? Do you think I need another toning shower cream? And which would you recommend?

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    1. Yes, Epiderm lightens the skin.
      Try Neutrogena Healthy Skin Moisturizer. It will clear your skin.
      If the shower cream is fine on your skin, I think you'll be fine.

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  5. Hi neni, pls for smelly an sweaty feet and shoes, do I use baking soda, baking powder or bicarbonate of soda?
    Tanks

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    1. Use baking soda. Baking soda is the same thing as bicarbonate of soda.

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  6. Hi neni,
    St ives apricot scrub is stated only for the face. Is ther any great body scrub that I can use to exfoliate dead cells off my skin
    Tanks

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    1. Try Eden scrub. It's in a transparent tub and is brown in colour.

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  7. Hi neni, Pls help me decide amongst Nivea Fair cup, Nivea Fair Lotion. And Jergens Naturally Fair which will give me and maintain a complexion. Alsorecommend a good Shower gel/cream 4 a Fair complexion and can I use coconut oil as a face moisturizer if not recommend a good one 4 my oily Face. Lots of Luv asu reply

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    1. Nivea fair lotion always works for me. I think you should try it.
      If you have oily skin, coconut oil will give you pimples.
      Try Nivea fair facial moisturiser with spf 15. It's great for fair skin.

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  8. Hello Neni. .Please what's your opinion on forever living products especially aloe fleur de jouvence. i want to use the set. am fair skinned with pimples.

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    1. I love their products especially their honey and aloe Vera juice.
      You can go ahead and use the products.

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  9. Hi Neni. . .can bio oil remove 12 year old stretch marks???? or only fresh ones?

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  10. Yes, it works on old stretch marks but it won't make them disappear.

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  11. If they won't disappear then what does it do? sorry to ask. .

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    1. It will lighten them or make them less obvious.

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  12. Hi Neni, any recommendations for good facial anti-aging cream for an oily face that easily break out? Am not dark neither am I very light....just something to make my skin glow. Am 43 years old}

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    1. Hi!
      Try Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream.
      It's great for mature skin.

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  13. Hi neni, don't know if u can help with this question but just said to try anyways......I wanted to use this makari facial cream but don't know who has used it.....am in my mid 40s and want a cream to make my skin glow, not bleach oh.....lol...do you have any info about it?
    Thanks for your feedback, you are truly doing a good job and I enjoy reading your blog......thanks

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    1. Hi!
      Makari lightens the skin so if you use on your face, chances are your face might end up being several shades lighter than the rest of your body.

      This is strictly my observation.

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