Bye-Bye Bacteria: 5 Steps to Keep Your Beauty Routine Germ-Free
You take off your makeup, you moisturize each night, you use the right products, but you’re still breaking out. Often times the culprits causing our breakouts and blemishes are actually hidden, or they're habits we don’t even associate with skin care. The number one factor we so often overlook? Germs. If we aren’t careful, our makeup and skin care products can become breeding grounds for bacteria, which is why it is so important to make yourself aware of how and what you are putting on your face. Below, we share five easy ways to keep your beauty and skin care routine germ-free.
Wash Your Hands
This may seem like an obvious step, but you’d be surprised by how easy it can be to forget to give your hands a good scrub before touching your face—whether to wash, apply SPF, or just to rest your head in your hands—or touching your products. Yes, dipping a dirty finger in your favorite moisturizer before applying is a sure-fire way to spread germs to your products. Between all the dirt and grime our hands come in contact with over the course of the day, keeping them clean is the first step in keeping your beauty routine germ-free.
Throw Out Expired Products
Did you know that skin care and makeup products can expire? Some products, like sunscreen, often have an expiration date stamped onto their packaging while others may not—which means that you should pay extra attention to the date that you opened the product. We like to write that date on the bottle in black marker as a reminder to toss them out about one year after that date, depending on the type of product. Play close attention to the smell and texture of your products, if something doesn’t seem right, you’re better off tossing it and buying new.
Wipe Your Lips
Before you apply your favorite lip balm or lipstick, you may want to wipe your lips first. This can be one of the easiest ways to spread germs, as bacteria loves to hang out on your lips. If you don’t wipe them off, the bacteria on your lips may be transferred to the tube or container, where it can continue to live and grow. It’s also probably a good idea to stay away from sharing lipsticks or lip balms with others.
Wash Your Makeup Brushes
If you don't already, it's time to start washing your makeup brushes and sponges at least once a week with either a mild soap or a brush cleanser, like Shu Uemura’s Brush Cleanser. You may also want to think about designating certain brushes for different products. If you don’t take care of your brushes, you risk transferring germs from one product to another, which in turn could mean smearing that bacteria and oil over your face every time you apply your makeup.
Swipe Your Cellphone
No, we don’t mean swiping through your favorite social media app, we mean wiping down your phone before holding it to your face to make a call. As we learned from Dr. Rebecca Kazin, our cellphones are breeding grounds for bacteria and can cause pimples to pop up around your chin or jawline if not cleaned often.