5 beauty products you should never share with your Best Friend Forever

Embarrassing to-die-for secrets. Your first crushes. Your alter-ego outside of your perfect social media posts. The colour of your poop (what??? Eeks!). We get it – nothing can be TMI (too much info!) between you and your BFF. Sharing is definitely caring but before you start putting your makeup bag up as Shared Property… STOP! Simply put — sharing skincare/cosmetics also mean trading germs, bacteria, fungi and viruses.

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Seriously, in the name of hygiene, there really is no better time to be totally selfish and to keep the following products all to yourself:Pic Cr

1. Makeup brushes: In April 2015, Jo Gilchrist, a young mother of a 2-year-old son, was completely paralyzed after developing a staph infection that attacked her spine. She believed it was passed along through her best friend’s makeup brush and the microbes might have entered her system through a pimple on her face, and her own immune system was not able to fight it off! The particular strain of staph that attacked her spine was MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

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So be warned: makeup sponges and brushes are hotbeds for microbes, no thanks to the gunk and bacteria they pick up as you dip them into your makeup and spread them over your skin. Many infections such as Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis may be lurking in your makeup awaiting the right conditions and grouping of bacteria to set an infection into motion.

2. Any lotions or creams in a jar: According to a study done at the University of Colorado on Bacteriality, the average human hands probably carry at least 332,000 genetically distinct bacteria belonging to 4,742 different species. Open jars are already at a higher risk for contamination because they do not contain airtight packaging. Bacteria and fungus are particularly fond of hiding on the inside borders of these jars so dipping and re-dipping fingers into a pot of cream is a sure-win formula for germs. And even if your bff washes her hands before dipping, it is highly likely that he/she will transfer bacteria from his/her face or fingers to that jar of cream. Bottom line is, any beauty products that comes in a jar that you have to dip your fingers or apparatus in, you definitely should not be sharing. ‘Nuff said.

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If it scares Iron Man, it should scare you too…

3. Lipsticks, lip glosses, lip balms: Every time you put on your lippie, the bacteria in your saliva and skin cells transfer onto the surface of it. And guess what happens every time you reapply your lippie after a meal? All your breakfast/lunch/dinner food particles join in the mixture! You certainly don’t need rocket science to calculate the sheer amount of bacteria being transferred to your skin by now. Since the skin on the lips is thinner and has no oil glands, it is more susceptible to dehydration and infections. So unless you want to catch a cold sore, say NO — no matter how much your bff begs to try your latest Korean Cherry Blossom lip shade.

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4. Tweezers: Anything that may cause bleeding should never be used by more than one person. You might not realize it but tweezers can get covered with microscopic spots of blood and bacteria on them, which means that you can spread infections with them. It is rare but still possible to transfer hepatitis C or HIV by using contaminated tweezers. Tweezers are relatively inexpensive, so why not pick up a second pair in a different color for your bff if he/she has a tendency to borrow yours on a whim. Or pluck your brows professionally at Estetica beauty studios from S$12 onwards.

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5. Mascaras: Akin to your lips, the skin around your eyes is thin and fragile which means that it is more prone to infections. The damp environment of mascaras is excellent breeding ground for a host of bacteria and viruses that are highly transmissible and contagious like conjunctivitis and keratitis- an inflammation of the cornea. Every time you pull the wand out and push it back in, you are basically pushing air into the base of the mascara and feeding the aerobic bacteria that can survive in an oxygenated area. So again… NO SHARING

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Before your BFF starts threatening to break off your friendship (gasp!), try out Estetica ést.lab’s range of moisturisers which are specially packaged in pump jars and bottles with the latest airless vacuum pump technology from Korea. These airtight dispensers allow no contamination of germs and bacteria and fungi. Yes! This means you can share with anyone without any fear! So bring your BFF and shop now: www.esteticabeauty.com/eshop

In good hands,

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