You take so much care and pay so much of attention to hygiene when it comes to your food, your medicines and everything you do. But, do you ever think about hygiene when it comes to makeup? Most of us don’t. Well, your makeup might not be as important as your food, but it still plays an important part in your life. In case you didn’t know, it becomes unhygienic and gets expired as well. OROGOLD examines what you need to do to ensure that you maintain your makeup hygiene.
Clean Your Makeup Brushes Regularly
Make sure that you clean your makeup brushes once in every two weeks. It’s quite simple really. All you need to do is pour some water in a cup, add some mild cleansers like your body wash or your shampoo, place your brushes in the cup and swirl them around. Replace the water once it becomes foamy and repeat the process. Finally, rinse your brushes with fresh water and allow them to dry completely before using them again.
Always Cleanse Your Face In the Mornings
Cleansing your face with a gentle face wash or a cleanser is extremely important. You should be doing this daily, once in the morning and once at night. This helps you to get rid of dirt and bacteria and allows you to keep your face and your pores clean.
Replace Your Makeup Sponges Every Once in a While
Your makeup sponges start becoming unhealthy in about 3 weeks time. You don’t want to use an old sponge on your face as it could lead to bacteria infection and also ruin the overall effectiveness of your makeup.
Never Share Your Makeup with Anyone
Irrespective of whether you know or don’t know the person, try not to share your makeup. This is one of the fastest ways of spreading germs and it is extremely unhygienic.
Always Remove Your Makeup at Night
Never go to bed with your makeup on. Use wipe off products like tissues and wash your face with a gentle cleanser every night before going to bed. This helps you from saving your skin from damage and aging.
Don’t Add Water or Saliva to your Makeup
Adding water or saliva can wash off the effects of preservatives added to your makeup, thereby making it vulnerable to bacteria. It can also spread the bacteria from your mouth to your eyes and this can prove to be quite harmful.
Disinfect Your Makeup Regularly
Use isopropyl alcohol to clean your makeup tools like lash curlers and tweezers once a month. Don’t forget to clean your applicators and brushes as well.
Always Store Makeup in a Cool and Dry Place
Bacteria tends to grow in warm and moist climates. Therefore, you should always ensure that you store your makeup in cool and dry places to help keep it bacteria free. Storing the makeup at room temperature always works best.
Learn When to Throw It Out
You can’t keep using the same lipstick or eyeliner for years. Like all perishables, your makeup items have an expiry date as well. Make sure that you throw away your makeup before they expire. Here is a brief outline on when to toss your makeup products. But, always remember that this is a general guideline. The bottom line is that if it smells funny, you should throw it away.
- Lipstick – 1 year
- Nail polish – 2 years
- Foundation – 1 year
- Lip gloss – 6 months
- Mascara – 6 months
- Liquid liners – 6 months
- Eye shadows – 1 year