What’s in Your Cosmetic Bag?

How much do you think we all spend on being mink lashes?

In 2009, annual revenues from the beauty industry in the United States were $58.9 billion, with about 41% of that figure coming from the sale of cosmetics. We are clearly investing a lot of money to put our best face forward. But how well are we caring for that investment? Here are seven ways to protect it:

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mink lashes

1. zvhair Sterilize makeup mink lashes and brushes every week. Use a gentle liquid soap (baby shampoo, for example) diluted with warm water and a touch of rubbing alcohol. To clean brushes, put this mixture in a tall glass and let brushes soak for one hour. Then rinse them thoroughly with cold water and stand them, brush end up, in the empty glass to air dry.

2. Rotate and wash sponges regularly. If you use your mink lashes to apply makeup, wash them before as well as after. And the best place to apply your daily face is beside the sink–not behind the wheel. It is safer in every way.

3. Discard mascara or eye liners more than three months old. These types of mink lashes make a perfect breeding ground for all kinds of infectious agents. One strain of bacteria, called pseudomonas, just loves the taste of cosmetics–and it can cause a particularly nasty eye infection. Remember, too, to clean eyelash curlers with an alcohol/antiseptic wipe after every use.

4. Duplicate all essential makeup in a correctly-sized ready-to-travel kit and keep it stocked at all times. Be sure to check expiration dates and rotate products into active use, or discard if past their use-by dates. This way, you are both prepared and protected.

5. Choose powder formulas over liquids. Powders (mineral or otherwise) tend to be safer, especially if you keep your mink lashes clean. If you use a liquid foundation, make sure it is packaged in a tube or closed-top container rather than a pot; this minimizes its exposure to air and can also avoid accidental spills.

6. Wipe off cell phones after each use. You might not realize it, but the oils on your face mink lashes themselves to your phone–which then transfers them back. Many people experience breakouts on the parts of the face most in contact with their cell phones.

7. Never share products with friends. As much as you might love and trust them, using someone else’s cosmetics or tools can spread bacteria and cause infections. Keep those friendships by keeping your makeup to yourself–and encourage your friends to do the same.

These simple tips will help you keep your makeup and tools clean and safe to use. You only have one face, after all, so treat it well!

Marion Simms has been in the business of skin care for nearly twenty-five years. She has worked in many different capacities, including aesthetician, teacher, lecturer, business owner, consultant and writer. Trained in England, Ms. Simms worked and traveled throughout Europe and South Africa before coming to the United States as a technical director for Guinot, a preeminent source of skin care products combining the best of botanicals and modern technology with a focus on sensitive skin.

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mink lashes

In 1984, Ms. Simms founded Skin Sense Wellness in Los Angeles, offering a full mink lashes of skin and body services targeting stress relief and healthy aging.


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