Your makeup bag seems simple enough right? It holds your makeup, goes with you when you need to be sure you can freshen up as needed, and it stores away in your bathroom when not in use. Hopefully you have chosen something portable that fits your needs, but there is one more thing you may not have thought about when buying. How safe is your makeup and the bag you hold it in? We often are careful with raw beef and chicken, eggs, and mayonnaise, but did you know that your makeup can make you sick too?
Your items in your makeup bag seem harmless enough. You probably only take with you what you need when you take it out of the house, and you may even forgo taking it when you only need one or two things that easily fit into a pocket of your purse. However, a bag for makeup is necessary when you are going out of town or overnight somewhere, and you must have everything you use on your face. These things change as you age, but you always want to have something, even if it is just a tinted moisturizer and a good facial cleanser. This is one bag that carries your daily look everywhere you go.
Did you know that makeup can go bad? You should toss out mascara after it has been opened for six weeks, or immediately if someone else uses it. Bacteria can grow inside the tube and can give you an eye infection. If someone else uses your mascara from your makeup bag, and they have an active eye infection, they can pass it on to you rather easily. Never share your makeup. The same can be said with eye shadows, eye liners, lipsticks, and foundations along with much of everything else that can be found in your makeup bag.
Your makeup bag itself can also carry this bacteria. Most women do not give it a thought, even if they are careful to never share makeup items and they throw items out when they have passed a safe time of use. Those items can contaminate the bag and can then deposit bacteria on brand new makeup items that you think are perfectly safe to use. You have to find a way to wash your makeup bag. How often depends on how much you use it, but you should do it at least once a month at the very least.
If your makeup bag is fabric, you can throw it in a hot wash cycle. If it is plastic, you should take everything out and wipe it thoroughly with antibacterial wipes as best as you can. This should take care of much of the problem. Make sure you get the inside and outside of the bag and allow it to dry thoroughly. If you ever set it down in a public bathroom, wash immediately when you get home. If you have a case rather than a makeup bag, that too needs to be cleaned and wiped down with antibacterial cleaner as well.