sanitizers popping up everywhere lately are potent reminders of the
importance of hygiene in preventing the spread of disease. But did you
know many items in your bathroom cabinet can also transmit harmful
bacteria? Here are 10 ways to avoid contamination.
you have acne, don’t use a reusable loofah. Acne bacteria can end up on
the loofah, where it can be spread to other parts of your body.
Instead, use a disposable product like Pond’s Clean Sweep Cleansing Wipes.
leave jars of cream in the shower. Humidity can make the ingredients
less effective and promote the growth of fungi. Always screw lids on
jars and tubes and keep in a cool dark place. I had a special bathroom
cabinet made away from my window to store the many samples that I
Never use saliva to wet makeup brushes or wipe makeup out of your eye. Bacteria from your mouth can cause eye infections.
Throw out all lipsticks and glosses used within a week of the appearance of a cold sore.
share makeup with others. Mascara and other eye makeup can spread
highly contagious conjunctivitis (pink eye), and sharing lipsticks and
glosses can lead to herpes infection (cold sores).
makeup brushes once a month to prevent the spread of acne bacteria.
Avoid products marked “antibacterial,” as these can harm human health
and the environment; instead, use warm water and liquid soap or shampoo.
are breeding grounds for bacteria. Makeup sponges should be washed once
a week, dried thoroughly before use and replaced frequently.
Don't put dirty fingers in your jar of cream—wash your hands first.
old or expired products. Preservatives become less effective with age,
leaving products vulnerable to contamination. Always check the expiration
date, particularly with natural or organic products, which sometimes
don’t contain preservatives at all.