Detox Mascara With One Drop Of This

November 15, 2017

Detox Mascara With One Drop Of This

Makeup lovers and addicts, brace yourselves! Every time you touch your makeup you transfer all the little organisms on your skin into your makeup products and this goes for makeup brushes and applicators as well. I'd say it's probably safe to say that the average busy person doesn't clean their brushes and applicators often enough if at all. Over time, your beauty products can get rather ugly with bacteria.

Germs include bacteria, protozoa, viruses, and fungi, and they exist everywhere. Actually, everyone has a specific bacterial ~flora~ (germ profile) on their skin and inside their bodies, so germs are totally natural. "These include things like Staphylococcus epidermidis, Streptococcus viridans, and Micrococcus," Whittier says.

But you should avoid pathogens — which are different from normal germs. A pathogen is any bacteria, virus, or other organism that causes disease or infections. Think: staph aureus, E. coli, strep, salmonella, etc.

A case for washing hands before makeup application

If you apply makeup with dirty hands, use your products when you're sick, share makeup with someone else, never clean it, etc. And it's not just that you’re transmitting germs to your makeup — you’re then getting that bacteria-ridden makeup in your mouth, eyes, and any broken skin.

If you have an open cut or pimple, the dirty makeup could get in there and cause an infection like staph — or if it's your eye, it can cause irritation or conjunctivitis (pink eye). And viruses like the flu or a cold, or even the herpes simplex virus, can survive on lipsticks for days to weeks thanks to the waxes and proteins in them. Bleck. FYI - don't try the testers in stores!

Contaminated makeup won't kill you, but it could cause a nasty skin or eye problem. 

So what can you do? 

Turn to essential oils - go find your antibacterial Lavender oil. I've found that if I add just 1 drop of pure Lavender essential oil to a new tube of mascara shortly after purchasing and gently stir the tube with the wand to blend, I can usually dodge bacterial issues like redness under my eyes, infected lashes and occasional pink eye. 

Oh by the way, Lavender in your mascara could help keep eye mites away as well. Lavender is also anti-parasitic and just might keep those nasties that make themselves at home in your lash follicles under control. Eye mites are for the most part harmless parasites but, they can cause lash loss under the right conditions.

As mentioned above, lipstick is a stubborn breeding ground for pathogens due to waxes and proteins used in lipstick formulas. Here's a quick tip - make Lavender Wipes to detox your stick of lipstick with a simple wipe. 

20 drops Lavender Essential Oil (anti-microbial, anti-parasitic)

Witch Hazel (alcohol or non alcoholic)

4 oz spray bottle

Paper Towel

  • Add Lavender oil to bottle, fill with Witch Hazel, shake well before using
  • Spray down paper towel until damp
  • Wipe off top layer of lipstick oh so carefully to whisk away pathogens

Parting advice - toss your mascara every 3 months.