With new seasons comes new trends, new makeup trends that you will desperately want to try.
We’ve always been taught sharing is caring and whilst it’s tempting to try before you buy, you might want to take a step back before you try your best friends new shade of lippy.
At minimum, using someone else’s makeup or makeup brush exposes your skin to their natural oils and bacteria resulting in pimples, blocked pores and breakouts. Dr. Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist, confirmed "It's absolutely possible, to catch the herpes simplex virus from an inanimate object such as lipstick. The Herpes virus can survive on the surface of a lipstick tube for up to a week." Alongside herpes it’s possible to contract conjunctivitis or pink eye from dirty makeup brushes.
If the dangers of sharing makeup products and tools with your bestie has grossed you out, imagine what could happen when trying makeup testers in store!
Using testers and applying the makeup directly onto your face could potentially mean sharing bacteria and sebum with dozens of strangers. Just think about how many people may have applied that same lip product directly onto their lips!
Makeup testers and brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria.
It is always recommended to ask for a sample or if you really must try that shade in store, test the makeup on the back of your hand rather than directly onto your face.
Where do you keep those brushes?
In a jar, exposed? In the bathroom? Even when you aren't using makeup, fungal spores floating around in the air can make their way into your products and makeup brushes. It’s easy to forget about dust and other particles in the air around us. All Fungal spores need is a moist place to live, finding their way into your makeup brushes or that new eyeshadow palette you forgot to close properly is easy. ... yes, we'll leave you with that thought.
Makeup brushes and their bristles are a breeding ground for bacteria such as streptococcus and E Coli. That clogged, unwashed brush can wreak havoc on your skin and could be the reason behind your unwanted your breakouts.
To understand how much bacteria can be found on a makeup brush Tom conduced many tests.
In one test Tom persuaded 35 consumers, makeup artists and beauty counters to lend the brushes in their makeup kits so the bacteria on them could accurately be measured.
Of the 35 brushes tested 58% were deemed unhygienic for use, 34% had dangerously high levels of bacteria and two had more bacteria than would be expected on a toilet brush! One supposedly clean brush had been sitting on a makeup counter harbouring over 40,000 bacteria.
Your makeup brushes are your daily tools and let’s face it, they can be quite expensive, if you look after them they can last you a very long time. Cleaning makeup brushes has never been so important. It doesn't have to be difficult, make your life easier with the StylPro and StylPro Cleanser.