Better safe than sorry, BBs!
By Elaine Reyes | March 11, 2020
Amidst the COVID-19-threat, everyone’s being advised to take extra precautions when it comes to cleanliness, and hygiene. Handshakes and beso-beso’s are now major no-no’s and protective masks have been elevated to “It accessory” status.
But even though everything’s being cancelled nowadays—from school to office events and major gatherings—that doesn’t mean your beauty routine should be #cancelledt, too. Here, we list some practical tips on how you can still slay your beauty game while staying safe and virus-free. Read on and pass these tips to your fellow makeup junkies!
1. Always wash your hands before doing your makeup.
Fact: Viruses, including the coronavirus, can thrive on surfaces for hours up to days—nine days to be exact—which is why health experts are keen on pushing for regular handwashing. That said, we can’t stress enough how important it is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before you do your makeup or even think about touching your face.
And please: Refrain from touching your phone (a.k.a. a known germfest) while you’re doing your beauty routine. For quick disinfecting while on the go, make sure you always have isopropyl alcohol and antibacterial wipes.
2. Be wary of makeup testers.
News flash: In-store makeup testers are breeding grounds for bacteria, given the number of people that touch them (and use them!) on a daily basis. The most dangerous of them all? Moist products such as lipsticks, cream eye shadows, and mascara, as they can easily catch and trap germs. On top of that, these items are often applied on the eyes and lips, and can quickly cause all sorts of infections. If you ask us, it’s best to err on the side of caution and skip all testers for now, given the situation.
But if you must test, please, please, please don’t apply on your face. The safest way to swatch is to apply a small amount on the back of your hand, your wrist, or on your arm, then just hold it up against your face to check the match. When you’re done, remove with a makeup remover wipe and wash with soap and running water. Better yet, try to ask for unopened samples you can take home.
3. Don’t share your makeup or tools.
As much as we love mooching off our BFF’s kits and sharing our own beauty loot, here’s the thing: Virus or no virus, makeup items are not meant to be shared—and for obvious hygienic reasons. The same is true for your tools such as brushes and powder puffs as these can easily harbor bacteria, spreading from your skin to hers and vice versa. (It’s one way of transmitting the virus that causes warts, too!)
If you’re borrowing something for a special occasion, make sure you use your own applicators or disposable tools. And never ever borrow or share products when you’re sick!
4. Wash your brushes and applicators regularly.
As a general rule, you should wash your makeup brushes at least once a week, especially if you use them heavily. This prevents germs from thriving, protecting you and your skin from flare-ups and infections. But if you’re suffering from cough and colds, it’s best to disinfect your brushes immediately after using them.
A good lather with regular shampoo and warm water should do the trick; just make sure to rinse well and let your brushes air-dry while lying down on a towel. You can also use a no-rinse, spray-on formula for quick cleansing in between uses.
5. Replace your sponges every two to three months.
Since they’re used damp and are in regular contact with your skin, beauty sponges and blenders are prone to bacterial growth especially if you don’t wash them after every use. Make sure to change your sponges after two to three months, or when you notice any change in color, smell, or appearance.
6. Know when to toss out your beauty products.
All beauty products have an expiration date, so make sure you take note of your makeup’s shelf life to avoid accidentally using something that’s gone bad. Powders usually last the longest—up to two years—while creams and liquids are best replaced after a year. Eye products like mascaras and eyeliners, meanwhile, ought to be thrown out after around three months, as they can easily harbor bacteria that can cause eye infections. Lipsticks can typically last for a year, but toss it if you notice any change in color, texture, or smell.
7. Skip the crowds and just do your beauty shopping online.
One of the best thing about living in this era: online shopping! Save yourself from exposure—and the travel time—by simply stocking up on your beauty essentials at home, minus the lines, too. Beauty Beat offers everything from makeup, skin care, and hair and body products, and delivers both nationwide and internationally. (Check out our tips on how to pick the right foundation online here.) This one-stop online shop has also recently revamped its look to give you an easier and faster shopping experience.
You can view the full online catalog here. Stay safe, BBs!