Don’t Double Dip!

Are you contaminating your skin-care products with bacteria by double dipping?

You would never dream of double dipping your tortilla chip into the guacamole bowl after you had already eaten from it at a party would you? Imagine someone else did. Someone who had a snotty nose cold. Would you eat the guacamole after that? Eewww! No way would I eat from that bacteria-infested guacamole!

Then why do we so often not even think twice before double-dipping our fingers into cosmetics and skin-care products after we have touched acne-infected areas? We get acne sores, or pimples, when our pores become clogged with oils and impurities, and are then are infected with bacteria. We all know that picking at our faces can spread the bacteria. But we often forget that we can also spread that bacteria to our skin-care products when we apply and reapply the products with our fingers.

Here are some tips to stop this contamination cycle:

1. Pay attention to the type of dispensers you buy.

I prefer products in airless pump dispensers. That way I can dispense the right amount of product onto my finger, rather than dipping into the entire cream.

2. Use tiny spoons or Q-tips

If I fall in love with a product that only comes in an open jar, I make sure to have a clean tool to dispense the product. Q-tips work well for this, but you know what I like even more? I steal tiny spoons from the ice cream shop! Shhhhhh! They are even durable enough to make it through the dishwasher afterwards, so I always have a clean supply on hand.

3. Religiously clean your makeup sponges

My foundation comes in an airless pump dispenser as well, so I can pump a little onto my hand and use a makeup egg to blend it onto my face. But then it is really important to wash out that makeup egg using antibacterial soaps!  Especially if you have open acne sores. And remember to be really careful with concealer sticks, since they are often used to cover blemishes in the areas which are most infected.

4. Try liquid bandage

There are several brands of liquid bandage available. This works really well on open infected sores. It not only forms a shield from contaminating your products, but it seals the area so that dirt, makeup, and further bacteria can‘t get into the sores.

Have any more tips? Let us know! We want to hear from you!

Love, Shawn


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