Not to frighten you, but a lot of grooming products you use to clean yourself and feel beautiful are not that clean themselves. That’s probably not a big shock as you use them on bare skin, put your hands in them and wipe them over your mouth. To keep your grooming and beauty products safe for your own use, you should clean them regularly and dispose of/replace them when necessary (good-bye, expired makeup).
Sharing is caring, but when it comes to certain skincare and make-up products, it’s better to be an economical bacillofoob. It’s not a good idea to share your beauty products because:
- By sharing makeup products you can also easily share bacteria and germs, which can lead to pimples.
- The objects with which you apply make-up can be a breeding ground for germs, which can cause infections.
- You can get fever blisters in severe cases and no one wants that.
If you spend a weekend at a friend’s house and forget your deodorant, you won’t die if you use hers in the morning. But don’t make a habit of it. Normally (except in emergencies), you should always bring your own stuff and avoid lending your toiletries to others.
1. Nail Clippers
Since nail clippers make contact with the area under your fingernails and toenails, they are more likely to be exposed to harmful bacteria and fungal spores. If someone does need to borrow your nail clippers, disinfect them with disinfectant alcohol (acetone or nail polish remover also works) and some antibacterial soap before and after your friend uses them. By the way, you should clean the nail clippers anyway after use. This cleaning method also works for other metal care products, such as tweezers and razor blades, which are mentioned below. Having said this, Dr. Engelman has drawn up a list of beauty products on the next page that you should not share.