Monday,16 July, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1308, (18 -24 August 2016)
Monday,16 July, 2018
Issue 1308, (18 -24 August 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: Things you should never share

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

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No doubt it’s tempting to occasionally share beauty products with a friend. But you shouldn’t. According to dermatologists, even though someone doesn’t have a visible cold sore, they can still carry the herpes simplex virus and pass it on to another person in a makeup application. That’s why you should use your own makeup to reduce the risk of communicating these types of viruses or different types of bacteria.

However, it’s okay to share a fragrance, hair product, foundation or lotion if it comes in a pump, since there isn’t the same risk of contamination. Unless you have some alcohol-based wipes at the ready to sanitise them, you should steer clear of sharing the following products:

Beauty products in jars: Cleansers, day or night cream, eye creams, foundation, lip balms and so on should be kept for your own personal use. It’s also preferable to wash your hands before coming into contact with the products since your body absorbs 60 per cent of whatever you apply on your skin and the bacteria that can come with it.

Razors: Even though stainless steel doesn’t carry bacteria for very long, you can still transfer warts or genital herpes by using someone else’s razor. Razors can also scratch and draw blood or fluids, which leave bacteria on the blade after rinsing, making you more vulnerable to a staph infection, hepatitis, or blood-borne viruses.

Toothbrushes: The mouth is filled with bacteria, and to help keep them at bay you shouldn’t share a toothbrush with anyone. If you want to share the same electric toothbrush, get two different heads to keep the bacteria separate.

Mascara: This can harbour bacteria and viruses that are easily transmissible. And since your eyes don’t have the same layers of protection that your skin does, the only safe way to share mascara is to use disposable mascara wands to apply it and never to double dip.

Cream shadows: The tacky nature of these types of formulas can trap and harbour bacteria, so don’t share them if you use your fingers to apply this type of product and have thus contaminated it with your bacteria.

Lip gloss: The moist, dark, gummy formula you’re sticking the wand into is the perfect place for bacteria to breed. If it’s your own bacteria, that’s one thing, but you never want to introduce someone else’s bacteria into your formula.

Pressed foundation: Though dry powders don’t hold onto bacteria the way that wet formulas do, they can transfer bacteria from one person to another if you’re using a sponge to touch up areas around the mouth or eyes. 


Makeup brushes: Using someone else’s makeup brushes can aggravate acne and cross-contaminating bacteria. 

Lipsticks or balms: If you pass your favourite lip products around you could be transferring bacteria or other viruses and never know it.

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