Why the Bacteria in your Dirty Make-up Brushes is Making You Ill
TEXT: BROOKE MCCORD
DATE: 30th October 2018
A deep dive into your daily beauty regime. Germophobes look away now
There’s a time and a place for dirt. At a festival, when gardening, when doing DIY, when losing yourself in a sweat-drenched techno haunt in Berlin at 6 am.
There’s a time and place for cleanliness, too. Approximately 85% of the week if you’re guilty of entering slob territory on a hangover day, or 100% of the week if you’re considerably more adult than I am. If you have the pleasure of living in a city and getting public transport to work, chances are you carry a travel size bottle of hand sanitiser around in your handbag at all times and you wash your hands an average of 30 times a day because of “the London pollution and the germs on the tube”.
But have you ever thought to consider the germs that might be lurking closer to home? Forget your grimy kitchen surfaces, or that ‘lived in’ sofa you spent months scouring eBay for – we’re talking about the, often unexpected, germs that come in contact with your face on a daily basis. The beauty products that are part of your daily ritual, the brushes and sponges you apply them with, your phone – usually found glued between the nook of the shoulder and left or right cheek – and that lipstick tester you used in the M.A.C store when you fancied a change of colour on your way for after-work drinks last week.
Are you guilty of indulging in an overpriced hour-long facial before going home and applying foundation to your freshly cleansed skin using a brush that hasn’t been washed in months? Have you been using the same mascara for, dare we say it, years? Is your skin crawling at the thought? Let’s dive a little deeper into the depths of the unknown.
“IF COSMETICS, MAKE-UP AND APPLICATORS ARE NOT KEPT CLEAN THEY CAN HARBOUR EXCESS SKIN OIL, DEAD SKIN AND BACTERIA AND SKIN PATHOGENS, WHICH RESULT IN MICROBIAL CONTAMINATION, PUTTING YOUR SKIN AND HEALTH AT RISK” – GEMMA CLARE, HOLISTIC HEALTH AND SKINCARE EXPERT