An international cosmetics company was once sued by a woman who contracted the oral herpes virus after applying lipstick tester at their booth. Wow, so scary, Gengs! Actually, the danger of baseball hell to apply cosmetic tester before deciding to buy it? Then, what kind of cosmetic tester is highly at risk of bacterial contamination? Let’s see the following explanation, as quoted from various references!
Cosmetic Tester Often So Bacterial Hive
In fact, experts always advise to be careful with bacteria and viruses in the cosmetic tester. “It is difficult to always ensure the level of hygiene of the cosmetic tester. Due to the daily busyness, cosmetics store employees sometimes neglect to conduct sanitation tests on the tester of existing cosmetic products, “said Susie Sobol, professional stylist of Vogue and Allure.
Cosmetics expert Ginger King said, “The cosmetic tester is an easy nest for bacteria to breed. Especially the bacteria E. coli, a type of bacteria that comes from people who do not wash their hands after using the bathroom. ”
What to Look For?
Damp cosmetic products are more at risk for spreading bacteria. Susie suggested, “Never think about trying lipstick tester, lip gloss, and highlighter stick because the surface is damp. It’s rich in emollients, so it’s easy to be a hotbed of germs. ”
Germs can indeed spread easily through the saliva of people infected with flu, diphtheria, and other dangerous diseases. If the virus settles on the lipstick tester, then the next person who applies the product can contract the disease. Especially if the immune system is weak.
Powdered cosmetic products, such as blush and eyeshadow, are much safer to try. Provided that the application is not on the face and not lubricated using a brush tester. “To be hygienic, first clean the surface of blush-on or eyeshadow using alcoholic wet wipes. Take another clean tissue, then apply a blush on the palm of your hand, “said Susie.
Similar to the narrative Susie, Ginger says the most dangerous products to try are lipstick, lip gloss, concealer, highlighter, and mascara. The reason is because these products involve the eyes and mouth of everyone who tried it, so much more susceptible to transmit the infection. Viruses that settle in the liquid mascara can trigger the effect of redness (pink eye) to blindness.
“As for concelear and highlighter, the impact for skin health is lighter, which triggers the growth of one or two acne,” said Ginger. Even so, the risk of growing acne is still dangerous, especially for sensitive skinned women. So do not take it for granted, Gengs!
A Safer Way to Test Cosmetics
Still quote Ginger, “Remember always the following basic rule: Never apply cosmetic tester in the face area, just do not.” Yes, this is the principle that can save your skin from the risk of allergic reaction Ginger recommends to apply cosmetic cream on the back of his hand.
“Especially for lipstick, instead of applying it on the back of your hand, try putting it on your palm.This is to get the most original color tinge,” Ginger advises.Avoid brush lipstick with brush or swipe lip gloss directly from the packaging, because both are also vulnerable filled with bacteria and germs.
What if you really had to try it?
1. Clean the lipstick tester using antibacterial spray.
Get used to bring antibacterial spray. Spray the antibacterial spray first onto the surface of the lipstick tester you are interested in. Then wipe the surface of the sprayed lipstick using a dry tissue. If you want more practical, you can also clean it with wet wipes containing alhokol. The end of lipstick packaging should not be missed, yes. The rest of the lipstick that dries or clumps there also like bacteria encountered, you know. Once sure clean, then apply lipstick to lip.
2. Use disposable applicator.
Today, more and more cosmetics outlets provide disposable applicators, such as cotton buds, sponges, spools, spatulas, and doe foot applicators. This is useful for the convenience of customers who want to try cosmetics. You can also ask the sales counter. Wash or clean your hands immediately with antiseptic fluids and dry tissue, after you finish cosmetic. The longer the rest of the product absorbs into the skin, the greater your risk of infection.
No less important, check the expiry date listed in the cosmetic tester packaging, yes. Not a few cosmetics stores that still display a cosmetic tester that has passed the time of the defunct