Maybe you’re at your house getting ready to go to a party with your best friend. While she puts on her makeup, she asks to borrow something from your makeup bag. Without a second thought, you say “Of course! Take what you need.”
But be careful! There are several beauty products that you should never share with anyone else.
What beauty products should you keep to yourself?
It doesn’t matter whether it’s your sister, your cousin, or your soulmate: don’t share these makeup, hygiene, and beauty products! If you feel like you’re being selfish, just explain your reasoning. Your friend will understand you and appreciate it, because by being careful for yourself, you’re also taking care of her.
Under no circumstances should you share:
Your eyes are one of the most delicate parts of your face and body in general. Countless bacteria can enter your eyes and cause infections. One of the most common infections is conjunctivitis, or pink eye, but there are much more serious problems.
Your eyelashes act as one of the barriers keeping these harmful organisms from entering. So if you’re sharing mascara, you’re also potentially exposing yourself to disease.
Want to know more? Read: Natural ways to grow longer eyelashes
Brushes and spongesOnce again, let’s talk about the many germs and bacteria that are just waiting to get under your skin. Most of the time they’re unseen, as tiny and microscopic as they are.
When multiple people use the same makeup brush or sponge on their face or neck, anything can be transferred from one person’s skin to the other’s. This can increase your risk of having pimples, blackheads, irritation, infections, allergic reactions, and more.
It doesn’t matter how clean your friend keeps her face – if you’re susceptible to pimples or blackheads it’s not worth the risk of sharing these utensils.
If you don’t have two clean brushes, you can use a liquid cleaning spray that’s sold on most beauty or perfume aisles. Some women also opt for sanitizing these products with rubbing alcohol, which dries quickly.
It’s worth mentioning this in today’s article because sometimes people don’t realize how risky sharing a toothbrush can be. If you’re not already disgusted by the thought of sharing your toothbrush with your friend or boyfriend, after reading this we bet you’ll think twice before you do it the next time.
Countless bacteria accumulate in your mouth after you eat, and because you are in constant contact with all kinds of things (fingernails, a pen, paper) it all touches your lips, tongue, gums, and more.
Diseases like the flu and oral herpes can be spread by sharing the same toothbrush. It’s a good idea to always keep a spare in the bathroom for those times when someone sleeps over and forgets to bring their own.
In your case, always carry a travel toothbrush in your purse in case of emergency. They’re very practical and small.
Maybe you’re at your boyfriend’s house and you realize that you forgot to shave your underarms. You rummage through his bathroom and find his razor…Voila! But don’t use it.
Any time you use a razor it can cause small cuts to the skin, even bleeding. Any bacteria remains in the razor blades, even if you rinse them carefully.
You never know if the person who also uses that razor could have a disease like hepatitis or HIV. So be careful! The same applies to the use of tweezers and electric shavers. These are things that should never be shared or borrowed.
Lip productsYou’re about to go have a drink with your colleagues from work, and while touching up your makeup in the bathroom a friend comes in and asks to try your lip gloss, because it matches her outfit. Or maybe you just got a new shade of lipstick and your sister wants to see how it looks on her.
Just as with the toothbrush, it’s never a good idea to share things that have been in contact with your lips or mouth. And please, stay away from the testers for lipstick and glosses in the stores!
If you have no choice but to share a lip product, spray it with rubbing alcohol or sanitizing solution first (yes, this is something else that you should always carry with you in case of emergency).
Creams and lotions in pots or jars
Have you ever thought that each time you dip your fingers in your face cream or lotion at night you’re letting the bacteria from your hands feast on the delicate skin of your face? And never mind the dangerous organisms that you could be exposing yourself to…imagine what happens when you share these products with others.
Always wash your hands well before applying these products, and make that your requirement for sharing, as well.
This precaution is similar to that of mascara above. When you lend your eyeliner pencil to a friend you’re essentially transferring the bacteria or viruses from your eyes to hers, and vice versa.
One of the most serious problems that can result is a severe eye infection called keratitis.
DeodorantYou’re only “allowed” to share aerosol or spray deodorants. Keep other forms to yourself. Your underarms are a part of the body where bacteria from sweat accumulate, either because you shave them or because they’re usually covered with clothing.
Deodorants that are in gel or stick form come into direct contact with the skin, accumulating millions of germs. Before using them, it’s a good idea to always wash the area well. And don’t even think about sharing these products! Not even in an emergency!
A lot of times there’s just one set of nail clippers for an entire household of family members. What a mistake! Unless you take care to clean them thoroughly every time, it’s a bad idea to share.
When you cut your nails, you usually expose the clippers to the underside of your nail bed. And it’s not just bacteria under there – dirt and grime is also picked up and shared with your family members. Avoid sharing nail clippers and scissors to prevent bacterial and fungal infections.
As if that’s not enough, sometimes your nails can be ingrown and when you cut them, it causes bleeding. Remember what we said before about razors.
Please read: How to treat common nail problems