Bacteria like foundation too.
There’s an enormous amount of bacteria out there, and there’s about ten times as many bacterial cells in your body as there are human cells.
We can’t live without ’em, but our make-up sure can!
For the longest time I accumulated make-up, almost like a collection really. How was I to know was basicaly creating my own bacteria-spa!
It’s not hard to imagine where they come from though if you think about it, applying lipstick after dinner, eyeliner over your eye, double-dipping blush with bacteria on your face. And then storing it in a nice comfortable place for bacteria to live in, like in the warm humid bathroom.
The detailed version, for all of us who love creepy crawlies, these are some lovely specimens that can be found in your make-up:
Aren’t they cute? ..well at least they are as giant plushies.
But you don’t want them partying in your make-up though right!
They obviously won’t kill you, however they easily contribute to acne and infections, and taking care of your goodies simply make them last longer.
The good news is it’s not hard to keep your make-up sanitary at all! There’s just two things to keep track of:
- Expiration date
This little thing:
has a meaning! Yes it does! It’s the shelf life of a product. This is how long you can keep your make-up once it’s been opened.
Generally speaking something like this will probably be on there:
Mascara: the fastest to go, up to 3-6 months. Throw it out when it smells off!
Lipstick: up to 4 years.
Gloss: 1 year, 2 at most.
Powder: 2 years.
Blush/eyeshadow: easily a couple of years if sanitized. Bacteria don’t like dry locations.
Foundation: a year for oil-free ones, others 18 months.
Concealer: up to a year.
Nail polish: a year. (however I don’t pay attention to this..)
- Sanitizing your make-up
You’ll never see a make-up artist using a brush on someone, and then double dipping it again. They’ll take some out out of the pan, and use it from a seperate palette/their hand.
Remember those fun little DIY petri-dishes? That had food in them for bacteria, and you just had to put your finger/eye/toe whatever in there? Yeah, let’s all recall the creepy crawlies for a second.
Tasty, that’s what could happen!
However, we can kill the buggers! YAY!
There’s two main things I sanitize, first of all my brushes, and secondly of all my make-up itself.
Cleaning your brushes is so important, even when not sanitizing your make-up, you’d be amazed if you see brushes under a microscope.
They can be a serious breeding ground for bacteria and fungus, due tue their use (contact with dead skin cells, bacteria, saliva, oils, tears and dirt) and environment (continuous exposure to surfaces that have more bacteria, and in constant contact with warmth and moisture in the air).
Besides that a clean brush is just so much easier to work with, it both picks up and distributes products more evenly.
I’ll spot-clean mine throughout the week with a baby wipe or a brush cleanser.
Deep-cleansing I do every week. Every day is the best though, but.. giant coodos to you if you can keep that up!
An easy way to deep-clean them is getting some inexpensive baby shampoo/2-in-1 shampoo onto your hand, wet the brush, dip it in the shampoo, swirl it around, and rinse!
RIP brushes that got crippled by me rubbing them over a towel afterwards..
I recommend just gently squeezing out the water, while shaping them back, and laying them down on the towel to try.
One tip though is to keep the bristles facing down, if not the water will run into the ferrel of your brush, loosening up the glue and making the brush shed and lose its bristles over time.
Synthetic brushes take a whole day to dry, face brushes can even take a day and a half, keep that in mind!
Every couple of months i’ll whip everything out and give it a generous cleaning. Rubbing alcohol is my best friend! I always keep a bottle of it around the house.
Here’s how I clean everything:
Pressed powders: these get hosed down all in one go.
I’ll whip out every one I have, put them all open on the counter, get some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, and myst them with it.
If one of your eyeshadows has worked up a layer on top (from using your fingers for example) just scrape the top off, and spray it with rubbing alcohol, done!
Don’t be afraid, rubbing alcohol won’t ruin your beloved colors! Just give it some time to evaporate and it’ll be fine!
Eye/lip pencils: remove the top layer by whiping down the tip with a tissue. Sharpenig them will do the trick too!
Lipstick: whipe off the top layer with a tissue, and spray some rubbing alcohol on it. Don’t forget to spray in the cap!
Mascara/any wand applicators: there’s not much to sanitize about these, the bacteria are already in the tube. However, not pumping your wand helps a ton, not only does this dry out your product, the air promotes growth of bacteria as well.
Loose powders: i’ll give the sifter a cleanse, with a paper towel and some alcohol again. Can’t clean the powder itself though, but it’s not a very pleasurable location for bacteria anyway, they don’t like dry feet!
anything with a brush attached: you can clean the brush! Just use the same method as with the brushes.
Creams and liquids: these are pretty much impossible to sanitize which is why I use a q-tip to take out some of my moisturizer.
I hate foundation that comes without a pump! Why no pump! SO much easier too! The logics.
That’s it! Maybe this can serve as a guide for some, do let me know if I missed anything!
Posted on August 2, 2012, in Box o' appearance, Cosmetics and tagged alcohol, bacteria, breeding ground, brush, brush cleanser, clean, cleanse, diy, e coli, easy, eyeshadow, foundation, germs, how to, Hygene, Hygiene, life, lipgloss, lipstick, loose powder, make-up, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, rinse, sanitize, sanitizing, shampoo, Staphylococcus Aureus, Staphylococcus Warneri, synthetic, wand. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.