8 Beauty Products You Should Never Share

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  1. Moisturisers, creams, foundations or anything in a jar: When someone dips their fingers in your moisturiser, the bacteria from their fingers can transfer into that jar and continue to breed even if that person washed their hands. Bacteria tends to thrive in places that are moist and damp. For a more hygienic application, use a cotton ball or a clean tool like a spatula, to scoop out the product and apply to your skin.
  2. Mascara: Mascara can be a harbour for bacteria and germs for your eyelids and eyelashes especially since your eyes don’t have the same level of protection as your skin does. And because that added level of protection is missing, easily transmittable viruses and infections like pink eye can be passed on with every shared mascara swipe. The safest way to share mascara, if you must, is by using a disposable wand.
  3. Pressed powders: Bacteria can still be transferred from one person to another with pressed powders even though it doesn’t spread as easily as liquid makeup. Spray with anti-bacterial makeup spray before applying if you want to share.
  4. Lip products: Lipsticks, lip balms, lip gloss and liquid lipsticks all fall under the “Do Not Share” list. Viruses, like oral herpes, can be transmitted from mouth-to-mouth contact by sharing food, drinks and lip products.
  5. Facial cleansing brush: Your favourite facial cleansing brush carries dead skin cells, dirt, oil, grime and bacteria that you cleaned off your face so you can imagine what you put back on your face and into your pores after borrowing someone else’s cleansing brush. Avoid breakouts by investing in another brush head to replace old ones.
  6. Makeup brushes and sponges: Wet sponges, like anything in a jar, can breed bacteria and germs which can lead to some serious infections on your face. Likewise, makeup brushes can exacerbate acne prone skin because of bacterial cross-contamination. Make sure to clean your brushes and sponges regularly with a gentle cleanser and warm water.
  7. Toothbrushes: Though it may seem obvious not to, many of us have been guilty of sharing toothbrushes. Our skin and eyes aren’t the only places susceptible to germs – our mouths harbour a ton of bacteria and microbes that can spread germs and infections.
  8. Razors and tweezers: Products that can accidentally draw blood should never be shared for obvious reasons. Staph infections and blood-bourne viruses can be transferred and bacteria can be left on a razor blade even after rinsing. Be safe and use your own.