Thursday, January 09, 2014

When to toss makeup

Ever put on lipstick and it tastes rancid? Pew.

When foundation "separates" or mascara dries up--time to toss it. Those moist products can grow disgusting organisms.

In the WSJ, Jan 7, 2014, a dermatologist named Gervaise Gerstner, MD, who also consults for L'Oreal, was quoted on the subject.

Germs in makeup, she says, come from how it is stored and how it is applied. Most makeup is in the bathroom--humid, moist, a germ paradise.

When applying makeup, crud from your fingers or lips can get back into the container. They are having a party in there!

Mascara and liquid eyeliner are the worst. All kinds of things can jump into eyes--and out of them.

Lipstick can touch cold sores. You can clean lipstick with a tissue dipped in alcohol.

Makeup brushes should be washed at least once a month.Dip them in baby shampoo, rinse, and dry on a clean towel.

Makeup sponges--bad. Don't use them. Or throw them out once a week.

Never use abrasive, exfoliating sponges...mais non!

Avoid makeup in jars, too--go for pumps or tubes you can squeeze.

Also--keep makeup away from the toothbrush area. Toothbrushes can carry more germs than the toilet.

Oh, that's good to hear.

Blush or flush.

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