Whether you let a friend borrow your concealer or forgot to wash your hands before dipping into an eye cream, chances are your beauty routine could use a germ overhaul. Luckily, a few simple changes could help make all the difference. Here’s what you need to know about helping to keep your beauty routine hygienic. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and follow the six tips below now!
Beauty Tip #1: Wash Your Hands
You know how your mom told you to always wash up before eating? Well, the same rule should apply when it comes to your beauty routine. Before touching your face, applying makeup with your hands, or dipping your fingers into a jar of cream, wash your hands with a gentle soap and water to help rid them of dirt, oils, or bacteria that may have built up on your skin. After all, you don’t want to transfer any of this to your complexion, do you? Nope, we thought not!
Beauty Tip #2: Clean Your Makeup Tools Regularly
Makeup brushes and blenders can be breeding grounds for bacteria—and that’s especially the case if they’re not cleansed regularly or stored properly. Clean the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender, and L’Oréal Paris Blend Artist Contour Blender by washing each one with gentle soap and water. Make sure to squeeze out the excess water and store them a cool, dry place. As far as makeup brushes go, you can cleanse them with a gentle shampoo, soap, or facial cleanser. Once you’re done rinsing them off, place them on a towel or paper towel to absorb excess water and let them dry.
Beauty Tip #3: Toss Your Expired Makeup Products
It’s officially time to do a little spring cleaning! Did you know that skin care and makeup products can expire? Yep, it’s true! Some products, such as sunscreen, should have an expiration date printed on their packaging, but other products may not. In that case, pay attention to when you opened the product. One thing you can do is write down the date you opened a product on the bottle to remind yourself. If something feels or smells off, it could be a good idea to chuck it out and buy something new.
Beauty Tip #4: Bring Your Own Tools to the Nail Salon
Who doesn’t love getting a manicure? While having your nails painted at the salon is a super-relaxing and fun experience, think about all the tools that your technician uses during the process. The next time you go for a professional mani, bring your own tools—or ask your salon how they sterilize their tools (or make sure they’re using brand new ones) if you don’t have your own.
Beauty Tip #5: Pay Attention to Your Cell Phone Screen
Real talk: We probably all spend a little too much time on our phones than we should. When you touch your phone screen (which you likely do a few times a day to check your social media feeds), you can transfer bacteria from your fingers to the screen. So, the next time you know you need to make a call, be sure to wipe down the screen before placing it to your face.
Beauty Tip #6: Wipe Your Lips Before Putting on Lipstick
Wearing a bright lipstick is a great way to add a pop of color to your face. But before applying anything to your lips, consider wiping them first so as not to transfer bacteria from your lips to the tube.
Beauty Tip #7: Don’t Share Products with Friends
We love sharing—but not when it comes to beauty products. With skin care and makeup products, it’s a good idea to keep them to yourself to help prevent the transfer of any bacteria.