There are somethings that are not meant to be shared
We’ve all been there, when you see your girlfriend pulled out a gorgeous Chanel nude lipstick from her makeup bag and you think “Oh! That’s a pretty colour. Can I try it?” Seems innocent enough right? But you don’t know that you’re about to borrow a product that’s swarming in bacteria onto your lips – unless someone has alcohol wipes or spray lying around there which we hardly doubt any of us have. Here are some things that are not meant to be shared, only personal use.
If you’re a beauty junkie, you’ve probably been told that sharing mascara is a no-no, but time and time again we tend to ignore or forget and share it anyway. Turns out your favourite mascara can harbour bacteria and viruses that are easily transmissible, like conjunctivitis or pink eye. The wet and dark environment is the cause of it, “Each time you pull the wand out and push it back in to lube up the brush head, you push air into the dark bottle’s base, feeding the aerobic bacteria that can survive in an oxygenated area,” said Dendy Engelman, MD, a New York City cosmetic dermatologist.
Lipstick, Lip Balm and Lip Gloss
Yes. All of them. Why? Because it can leave you cold sores. A large amount of people carry HSV-1 which is known as oral herpes, and they’re not aware that it’s in their system. Like mascara, it comes in a wet environment. Meaning, it’ll accommodate bacteria of your friends’ or your own. Soon you’ll be sharing bacteria and we don’t want that.
Any Beauty Products That Comes in a Jar
If you have dipped your fingers into a moisturiser, eye creams, cream shadows, cleanser, lip balm etc., it’s best that you keep those products to your own personal use. According to Dr. Engelman you’ll be creating a petri dish out of the products that you’ll be applying to your face since your body absorbs 60% of whatever you apply on your skin and bacteria comes along with it. This goes to your friends’ products in a jar.
Just because powder foundations aren’t made from wet formulas but it doesn’t mean it can’t harbour bacteria. The bacteria are located at the sponge of the powder foundation. If you insist on sharing the powder with your friend, it’s recommended to spray the powder with an alcohol-based spray, and give her a clean makeup brush or sponge to use.
Even though acne is an internal skin condition, but it can still be transferred by using someone else’s brushes and cross-contaminating bacteria. If your friend has a pimple or two while using her brushes, and you borrow it, best believe you’ll be getting spots too. Vice versa. The only way to share makeup brushes is to spray with alcohol to kill the bacteria. If you are breaking out constantly from your own brushes, then it’s time to shampoo your brushes weekly.
Sharing razors is a hard no. Even though stainless steel doesn’t carry bacteria for long, but shaving nick can deposit enough blood on a razor to spread any number of pathogens, including staph, hepatitis B, warts, genital herpes or worst, HIV. If you forgot to bring a razor and your friend has one that is used, well some things you need to sacrifice and go hairy instead.
Facial Cleansing Brush
Facial cleansing brushes are under personal care category for a reason: They’re not meant to be shared. Imagine all the dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria that you’ve clean off your face on a daily and you want someone’s grime onto your skin? No, thank you.
We think this is pretty common sense to not share your toothbrush with anybody, even with your significant other. Sure you guys kiss everyday and have done naughtier stuff with each other but sharing toothbrushes is still not a good idea. Our mouths are filled with bacteria – good and bad – and the bad can lead you having cavities. Yikes!