Beauty Hygiene: 7 Rules For Safe Storage Of Cosmetics

During these three years, we started washing our hands more thoroughly and regularly disinfecting smartphone screens.

We recall the basic rules of beauty hygiene and offer to follow them just as conscientiously.

1. Follow the expiration date of cosmetics

Unfortunately, most people - knowingly or carelessly - ignore the expiration dates of cosmetics: a study by the International Journal of Cosmetic Science showed that about 70% of women tested use expired decorative cosmetics.

Do not put yourself in danger: pay attention to the expiration dates and record the date of first use of the product.

2. Keep cosmetics away from moisture, sun and heat as much as possible

Warm and humid air is a favorable environment for bacteria to multiply, so the bathroom is not the best place for cosmetics. Only shampoos, shower gels, scrubs and cleaning products can be left on the shelves in the shower and near the sink - that is, products designed specifically for such conditions.

3. Use a spatula to apply creams

According to dermatologists, classic cans for creams, masks and other skin care products are the least hygienic packaging format. Use cosmetic spatulas (spatulas) made of plastic or silicone to apply creams, gels, and masks.

4. Do not share decorative cosmetics

Perfumes and sunscreens in sprays are quite suitable for sharing, but products such as shadows and eyeliner are only for personal use. If you are used to sharing cosmetics with your sister or neighbor, give preference to products in tubes or bottles with a pump or dropper.

5. Do not forget to wash the cosmetic bag

The cosmetic case should be cleaned of dirt at least once a month. If your cosmetic bag is made of textiles, it can be washed by hand or in the washing machine - preferably in a mesh bag and on a delicate wash cycle.

If the makeup bag is plastic or rubber, do not be lazy to wipe its interior with a clean sponge or cotton pads soaked in a makeup remover. You can finish "wet cleaning" with a disinfectant spray.

6. Clean your makeup brushes and sponges regularly

Brushes and beauty blenders are convenient tools for applying and blending decorative cosmetics. But if they are not taken care of, they will quickly turn into a breeding ground for bacteria and provoke the appearance of rashes and irritations.

7. Change towels more often

Even a two-step facial cleansing does not guarantee that the skin will not have keratinized skin particles and the remains of decorative cosmetics. In order not to transfer this dirt, including bacteria, back to the skin every time, you need to change towels more often: at least once a week, and ideally - after each wash.

To comply with this rule, you can switch to disposable paper towels, but a more ecological option is to buy a set of classic towels and wash several at the end of the week.