You May Be Guilty Of These Gross Make-Up Mistakes
You may have seen the shocking TikTok videos where people are cutting open their beauty blenders only to find a moldy and gritty surprise. Hygiene is always important. This is especially true when it comes to makeup and makeup applicators. Unfortunately, some people don’t realize how unsanitary they are when it comes to makeup. There are certain things you want to avoid when applying and using makeup. Some mistakes could invite bacteria, blemishes, and more into your beauty routine.
How You Store Your Makeup
Your makeup bag may not be at the top of your mind, but it can be a very germy place. WellInsulated.com reported that makeup bags can carry 10,000 types of bacteria. They suggest ditching porous bags like leather and nylon because they are the perfect materials for dirt and bacteria to latch to.
It also wouldn’t hurt to get into the habit of wiping your bag and portable cosmetics down. While it’s important to regularly clean your makeup brushes, dust, dead skin cells, and product build-up can latch on to the beauty products themselves. Some people may think it’s scary cleaning your liquid, cream, or powder products. But according to Spectrum Collections, you just simply spray 70% isopropyl alcohol over every single one of your products, leaving it to evaporate and dry. These products include eyeshadow palettes, face powders, blushers, and bronzers.
Expiration Dates Exist!
Did you know that makeup has expiration dates? One of the first things you should always do before opening new beauty products is check the label. A consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson told Refinery29 that the concern after the expiration date is that products may change composition and, therefore, be more at risk of contamination from bacteria and molds.
Another way to determine if your product has expired is by the way it smells. If a product develops a new strong or smelly odor that it didn’t have before, then it may be time for it to get tossed.
Mold and Bacteria Growth Can Lead to Blemishes
Dirty makeup brushes can cause an infection such as a fungal infection, E. coli, or a staph infection, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. They also said that it’s a good idea to wash your brushes, sponges, and blenders every 7 to 10 days. Many beauty brands suggest using warm water and either a gentle soap or a makeup cleanser to clean your makeup applicators. Some brands even suggest mixing a spot of gentle soap with a bit of baby shampoo and a dash of olive or baby oil.