A majority of women use cosmetic care at some point in their lives to enhance their natural beauty and preserve the facial health. But did you know that cosmetics themselves require fastidious care? Without it, they can become rancid and cause irritation or inflammation to your face. If you’ve always felt that you can buy cheap makeup and keep using it until it finally gets used up years later,
Read the following for a better idea of how to care for your cosmetics:
- Replace all cosmetics within six months. Even if you are a frugal shopper, don’t hold on to residual cosmetics after six months. By that time whatever is left in a container may have become contaminated by contact with your hand or an applicator. Even the mere presence of air each time you open the container to apply makeup each day can lead to the gradual buildup of bacteria that can cause facial blemishes. Buy all new facial products at the end of six months; mark your containers with the date of purchase in pen or marker to help you keep track.
- Apply your makeup with clean hands and supplies. Don’t forget to wash your hands before applying or removing makeup. Use a clean washcloth each time, and use a mild soap or makeup remover, taking care around the eyes and nose. Wipe off spills or drips from the sides of makeup bottles or tubes. Clean out the drawer or tray where cosmetics are kept to eliminate dust, debris, hair, and other residue that can contaminate makeup products.
- Remove cosmetics at the end of the day. Don’t sleep with cosmetics on your face. They can smear on your pillow and may lead to irritation of your skin, as well as become more resistant to removal the following day. Gently wipe away all vestiges of cream, powder, liner, and rouge to leave your face clean and fresh. Apply moisturizer to your skin to keep it supple and hydrated, which will facilitate the next day’s makeup application.
- Tighten all product lids and completely close containers to preserve contents. Don’t leave lids carelessly askew, or lipsticks lying open. Close, fasten, or otherwise secure each item, from mascara to liner and foundation or lip-gloss. If falling on the floor while open contaminates a product, discard it to prevent dirt from entering your pores or other facial structures, like your eyelashes.
- Don’t share your cosmetics with other users. While it’s tempting to borrow from a friend while at work or to lend to a sister at home, sharing cosmetics can increase the risk for contamination and contribute to bacterial buildup, since two people instead of one are using the product. Instead, carry an extra with you in case one gets dropped or dirty, or if someone asks to borrow something.
Keep your makeup clean and in good order, and it will serve you well. But don’t hold on to it beyond six months in order to avoid the risk of using contaminated products or those that have begun to deteriorate.