Makeup and hygiene – know the facts
Beauty is fun, glamorous, uplifting, inspiring, sexy and brilliant! But it should also be clean and safe. You shouldn’t have to worry about picking up dangerous bacterial infections when you put your lipstick or mascara on in the morning or when testing new products at the makeup counter. But, without clean and sanitized products, brushes, hands, tools and accessories, that’s exactly what could happen.
The Pro Hygiene Collection® is the first complete range of specially-designed hygiene, sanitizing and cleansing products for makeup, hands, tools and accessories as well as cleansers for the face lips and eyes. For every day personal beauty hygiene routines and for use by makeup and beauty professionals – helping keep you and the industry professionally and hygienically clean.
Makeup and beauty tools are a breeding ground for bacteria
By their very nature, many makeup products, makeup brushes and sponges provide a prime breeding grounds for bacteria and fungus. Combined with the fact that 80% of germs are transferred by hands, it’s no wonder makeup application can be full of hidden dangers.
By using The Pro Hygiene Collection® as part of your regular makeup application routine, you can dramatically reduce the risk you expose yourself to while also extending the life of your makeup and your often expensive, makeup brushes and tools.
– 60 % of women admit to sharing makeup (*1).
– sharing makeup transmits bacteria.
– clean brushes regularly, sanitize makeup and tools, ensure hands and clean before applying makeup.
– 72% of women have never washed their makeup brushes (*2).
– dirty makeup brushes, sponges and tools harbour germs.
– clean brushes regularly, sanitize makeup and tools, ensure hands are clean before applying makeup.
– 89% of women do not understand the PAO symbol (period after opening) (*3).
– using makeup beyond their expiry date carries the risk of irritation and infection.
– sanitize products after use to help extend shelf life of your makeup.
– 80% of germs are transferred by hands (*4).
– many nasty illnesses start with poor hand hygiene.
– sanitize hands before applying makeup.
– 100% testers from beauty counters tested positive for e-coli, herpes simplex, staph, strep and other bacteria (*5).
– sharing makeup, makeup brushes and testing cosmetic products at the beauty counter and at events results in cross-contamination.
– clean all makeup brushes before use, use disposable applicators, do not “double dip”, ensure makeup testers are sanitized and hands are germ-free before trying.
– 81% of women regularly sleep in their makeup.
– non removal of makeup at night increases the risk of infection and losing lashes.
– always remove all traces of eye and face makeup daily.
By using The Pro Hygiene Collection® as part of your regular makeup application and cleansing routine, you can dramatically reduce the risks you expose yourself to, whilst extending the life of your makeup and your accessories such as false eyelashes. Think about those favourite cosmetics that aren’t available to buy any more, so you know you can keep them safely germ-free until they eventually run out.
Watch out at the beauty counter – the risks
Problematic results of pathogens frequently found on makeup, pro artist kits, makeup testers or on the packs, accessories and brushes placed on them can lead to nasty infections including: –
- eye styes
- corneal ulcers
- herpes simplex (cold sore virus)
- stomach upsets, sickness and diarrhoea from E-coli.
(1) Source American Academy of Dermatology “Cosmeceuticals and Your Skin”.
(2) Source: www.metro.co.uk/lifestyle.
(3) Department Store survey – 1000 women age 18-70 – Report: The Makeup Time Bomb.
(4) Source American Academy of Dermatology “Cosmeceuticals and Your Skin”.
(5) Department Store survey – 1000 women age 18-70 – Report: The Makeup Time Bomb.
(6) Two-year study on public makeup testers by Dr Elizabeth Brooks.