31 Oct Why Keeping Your Beauty Products Hygienic Is Important

When reviewing a beauty product, whether it’s skincare, makeup or haircare, I always pay attention to the packaging first. And no, not because I want a top shelfie full of gram-able products, but because I want to make sure that the packaging of my products keeps them as hygienic as possible.

A lot of you are probably thinking I must be a germophobe but really I’m not (very). I get pretty erked out by sneezing, sniffing, hand rails, public toilets etc. but my kitchen floor has been privy to a lot of ’10 second rule’ action. When it comes to my face though, I take hygiene really seriously.

There’s a few reasons why. The first, bacteria in beauty products and poor packaging design kills their shelf life. They go dry, oxidise or separate faster than they should meaning you end up wasting more of the product. Part of this comes down to how you use the product as well though. You can’t pump your mascara wand into its tube over and over without pushing excess air into it and drying out the formula. Also, if a product says to store it in a cool, dry place away from sunlight, don’t store it on the windowsill in the bathroom.

The other reason is the spreading of bacteria. It’s particularly important that if you have oily or acne-prone skin, to minimise the amount of bacteria spread as much as possible. Dipping fingers into pots, excessive exposure to air or light, applying products directly onto pimples or oily spots; it’s a recipe for breading and spreading nasties that can cause more harm than good to your skin.

Superior packaging types include tubes that you squeeze product out of, anything with a pump mechanism and products in glass containers.

If you do have a product in a pot that doesn’t come with a spatula or spoon, look into buying one for yourself. That way, you can easily sanitise the spoon between uses and avoid transferring the bacteria from your fingers into the pot. For products that are applied directly onto the skin like stick foundations or concealers, use an easy to clean brush where you can or sanitise the stick at least once a week. You can buy rubbing alcohols and disinfectants from chemists that won’t destroy your products in the process of cleaning them.

And clean your brushes people! I’m bad for only doing it every now and then but honestly, do a quick google sweep and you’ll find horror stories of people whose dirty brushes caused them major drams. It’s enough to convince you to take the few minutes each week to clean and sanitise them.