Makeup and makeup tools can be breeding grounds for a number of germs leading to a variety of nasty infections and, unlike savvy makeup professionals, the majority of beauty consumers are blissfully unaware of these lurking dangers – or maybe we all are, but just assume, it’s not “real” – just a story blown out of proportion since we are bombarded with articles telling us to chuck out all our old makeup (and by the way how do you define “old”?).
We all know that makeup, and our beauty tools and accessories can cost a lot of our hard-earned cash – so it’s no surprise that we all have a tendency to hoard our beauty products and especially our old favourites! We still have one of the first Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks but honestly, we will not be throwing it out (see why later!)…
It’s not just how we use our makeup and beauty tools that affect potential infections – sharing makeup is THE big no-no.
The shelf-life of products also affect how long our products are safe to use and vary not just according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, but also depends on how we use and store our makeup. If cosmetics are left in a hot car, or by a window for long periods they are at higher risk of their preservatives weakening.
And mascara that’s older than three months old increases your risk of bacterial conjunctivitis and other inflammatory conditions. This is because eyelashes naturally have bacteria on them, so as soon as the wand touches the eyelash, it’s already contaminated! Over time, the used wand leads to bacteria buildup in the bottle so chances of an eye infection or allergic reaction are increased with every single application.
Education is key and for those not in the know about our fabulous range of hygiene products for tools, hands, makeup and beauty accessories, so here’s our guide to staying clean and beautiful whilst saving the pennies by using the The Pro Hygiene Collection®.
Quick question – when did you honestly clean out your personal makeup bag? And, we are not talking about throwing out something that was finished, we are talking, properly cleaning inside and outside – inner lids of foundation and lipsticks, wiping down the bag itself? hmmmm….. may be never?
Regularly cleaning and sanitizing your makeup and you makeup bag will not only extend the life of your makeup, but will also keep germs and nasty infections at bay. So now that spring has come, we think it’s time to give a few facts, figures, whys and how-to’s to get started on spring cleaning your makeup and your makeup bag.
The issue – 72% percent of women have never washed their makeup brushes(!)
The facts – dirty makeup brushes, sponges and tools harbour germs
The issue – 80% of germs are transferred by hands
The facts – many nasty illnesses start with poor hand hygiene
The issue – 60% of women admit to sharing makeup
The facts – sharing makeup transmits bacteria
The issue – 89% of women do not understand the PAO symbol (period after opening)
The facts – using makeup beyond their expiry date carries the risk of irritation and infection
The Pro Hygiene Collection® solution – clean brushes regularly, sanitize makeup and tools, and ensure hands are clean before applying makeup.
Ladies, if it’s been a while, it’s about time you empty your makeup bags!
1. Clean hands – hands should be washed before handling your makeup to eliminate risk of any cross-contamination. Having a Hand Sanitizing Gel on the ready is a great alternative but if your makeup bag is super-yucky then a good wash as and when needed may be necessary!
2. Clean makeup bag – place your makeup bag in a sink of hot water and let soak for about 15 minutes. Then scrub makeup bag with a sponge and soap (preferably one with an antibacterial agent e.g. our Makeup Brush and Sponge Sanitizing Wash), and rinse until the water runs clean. Allow to dry.
3. Clean makeup brushes, sponges and puffs – for a quick fix you can spray The Pro Hygiene Collection® Makeup Brush Cleaner onto your brushes before wiping brush onto a tissue. But seeing as we’re going all out with the spring-cleaning, it’s probably time to chuck all your brushes, sponges and puffs into the sink and wet with warm water before applying a 10 pence piece amount of The Pro Hygiene Collection® Makeup Brush and Sponge Sanitizing Wash to each, working into a gentle lather. Then rinse under running warm water until clean of suds. Make sure to leave makeup brushes flat with the brush head over the edge of a surface to allow air to circulate.
4. Clean tools – spray The Pro Hygiene Collection® Antibacterial Makeup Spray onto your makeup tools (pencil sharpers, eyelash curlers, metal spatulas, mixing palettes, tweezers, you name it), wait for just over a minute and wipe the remaining spray residue from each tool using a clean tissue.
5. Last and most definitely not least, clean and sanitized makeup – spray The Pro Hygiene Collection® Antibacterial Makeup Spray 30cm from each makeup item (pressed and loose powders, creams, gels, pigments, lipsticks and pencils), wait for at least a minute, and then wipe away any spray residue from the product packaging. The spray will dissolve into the actual formula so no need to wipe and waste more product.
The complete range of The Pro Hygiene Collection (240ml and 100ml) is available @ Feelunique.com
American Academy of Dermatology “Cosmeceuticals and your skin”,
http://www.metro.co.uk/lifestyle, Department store survey – 1000 women age 18-70 Report:The Makeup Time Bomb by Dr Elizabeth Brooks