Home Good hygiene starts – of course – with yourself! Here’s what you can do at home.
- Always wash your hands before touching your skin
Always wash your hands before applying a cream on face and body, or before you apply make-up. So as not to forget or start the habit, apply creams and makeup near a sink. Use a disinfectant soap and dry hands with a clean towel or better yet, with paper towels to throw away immediately after use.
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- Pump it up
Never put your fingers – even if you have washed your hands – directly in the package of cream. For a more hygienic application it is better to opt for creams contained in bottles or packages with a locking system pump. Creams for ‘open air’ should always be used with a spatula that will wash appropriately after use with hot water.
- Always cleanse your face before you apply make-up!
The temptation to apply a fresh layer of makeup during the day is great. Unfortunately it is not the best thing to do. During the day, dust and smog are deposited on the face. As you might imagine, is not very hygienic to put on another layer of makeup. Eliminate the remains of the makeup from the day (and the dirt that is deposited on the face).
- Keep clean brushes and sponges
Cleaning your brushes and sponges regularly is important (especially those used for the lips) Use warm water and antibacterial soap. Do not forget to rinse thoroughly with plenty of water to avoid the soap irritating the skin. Also keep them in very clean containers or a cosmetic bag.
- Do not blow on the brushes
Do not put brushes in the mouth to moisten them (if necessary moisten with water). Do not put in the mouth to soften eyeliner (better to put it for a moment near a heater or light bulb) and do not blow on the brush to remove excess product (make-up artists drop off any excess on the back of hand).
I posted a poll question on my facebook page recently (here) to ask peoples' methods of foundation application. I was thrilled to see that all participants use a brush for application. This prevents the need for hand intervention and the spread of bacteria from hand to face.
Do you have any hygiene and make-up tips you want to share with us? Leave a comment below and let us know more ways we can stay safe and healthy in our make-up regimes.