Sure, you were taught how to share as a child, but there are some things you shouldn't lend. AT ALL. Here, we give you six beauty products and tools that you should never share—even with your sister.
Whenever you pluck hair out from your skin with tweezers, you draw out a microscopic amount of blood. This makes you more prone to catching bacteria and infection. So, if you get your brows shaped in a salon, make sure to ask your aesthetician to disinfect her tools. If you use tweezers yourself, wipe them with alcohol after every use.
Just like tweezers, razors can draw out blood and fluids from your body. That said, bacteria can be left on them even after washing. Infected razors can give you various diseases like hepatitis, staph infection and although highly unlikely—HIV.
Creams And Lotions in Jars
Dipping and re-dipping your fingers into your lotions and creams inside jars helps bacteria build up in the product, since the airtight packaging is broken. No matter how much your BFF Kathy cleans and disinfects her hands before dipping into the pot of moisturizer you swear by, introducing a new set of hands to your product will only multiply the bacteria. Instead, scoop small amounts of products weekly into a smaller pot and wash regularly to lessen bacteria build up.
Remember, the mouth is a very sensitive area prone to infections. The most common bacteria found in lipgloss wands are those that cause cold sores and even herpes. Lipgloss wands sit in closed and moist environments, so there’s really no stopping germs from multiplying once the product has been contaminated. Save you and your friend the hassle of having to see the doctor for potentially dangerous sores and skip sharing lipgloss, no matter what the beauty emergency is.
Think of it this way: Any product that comes into close contact with bodily fluids should NEVER be shared. If your cousin Anna didn’t appear to have anything wrong with her eye when you lent her your favorite mascara, she might be already carrying bacteria that may eventually give you a pinkeye, conjunctivitis, or even herpes in a couple of weeks.
Your makeup brushes are often damp with products—making them the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. So if your little sister Maria picks up your buffing brush and uses it to apply her foundation, she’s also transferring germs from your face to hers, making her prone to god-knows-what type of skin infection! Gross!
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