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Beauty May Come At a Price

Do you know what’s hiding in your makeup? You may not be aware how many germs are lurking in your lipstick, eyeliner, eye-shadow and mascara. Even your makeup brushes can harbor pesky germs.  If you have ever gone to a mall or department store and tested their makeup display on the counter, you are potentially sharing with everyone else’s germs.

Staphylococcus Aureus, commonly known as ‘Staph’, is the most commonly found bacteria found in or on your makeup. Staph causes health issues like pink eye and other harmful infections. The Consumer Product and Safety Commission has reported that thousands of women come in contact with germs from makeup testers every year, which can lead to serious infections.

Buying makeup in metal tubes or dispensers can help keep your product airtight. Most makeup claims to be antibacterial, but that warranty can expire if the product isn't maintained properly. When a bottle of liquid foundation starts to change in texture or separate, it is time to throw it out. All liquid makeup should be replaced every three to six months whenever possible. Some makeup comes with an actual expiration date so you will want to check the packaging before you throw it away.

If you carry your makeup in your purse, the items that are transferred in and out of your purse (i.e. money, receipts, etc.) may carry harmful germs. Without even realizing, bacteria is getting into your purse and spreading onto all of your makeup containers.

Natural products have an even shorter shelf life because they do not have preservatives or parabens to preserve the product. It is important to get rid of makeup when it is expired and to take precautions against bacteria that can make you sick.

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