Beauty Habits You Shouldn’t be Following for the risk of Infections

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 08, 2014

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  • Using daily moisturizer around your eyes is a big no-no.
  • Pumping mascara brush helps germs thrive, leading to eye infections.
  • Sharing makeup with friends can cause acne and conjunctivitis.
  • Applying toothpaste on acne can burn your skin, making the spot worse.

While there are some things that you should do to keep yourself  beautiful, there are others that you shouldn't.  Such regimes can in fact, turn out counter-productive to the extent of causing skin infections. So, find out what you are doing wrong in the hope for looking better than now.

Using Normal Moisturiser around the Eyes

Many of us do this but shouldn’t. The skin around your eyes is much thinner than the rest of your skin. It also ages faster, which is why an eye cream should be used in the area. The thinness of this skin also makes it more prone to allergic reactions from the normal moisturiser that you use for your facial skin.

The skin around eyes doesn’t have any oil glands and therefore, needs eye creams to stay moisturised. Such creams are much gentler than facial creams. Invest in a good eye cream to see the actual benefits.

Pumping the Mascara Wand

We do it all the time. Pumping the mascara wand traps air in the tube that keeps the mascara from drying. This can cause clumping and flaking on your lashes when you apply mascara. If there are bacteria on the wand from your eyes, it becomes a place for them to thrive, multiply and lead to eye infections or irritation.

Risky Beauty Habits

To keep your mascara safe from bacteria and avoid flaking on lashes, you must twist the brush back and forth in the tube to get the desired amount of mascara on the wand.

Sharing Makeup

This one is very common and has to be stopped right away! Sharing your makeup makes you susceptible to infections especially if your friend isn’t cleaning her makeup brushes and other applicators or isn’t very particular about hygiene. This vicious sharing of germs can give you acne or conjunctivitis, infection and may lead to multiple infections as well.

So, the next time your friend asks for your lip gloss and you automatically say yes, just think about all the havoc it can cause to your own skin.

Using Toothpaste to Remove Pimples

It’s an old wives tale to use toothpaste to get rid of a pimple and reduce its redness. The truth is that toothpaste can actually make your spots worse. Even though the fluoride present in toothpaste makes the pimply dry, it can burn the skin, making the zit worse.

Also, if you apply toothpaste after squeezing the pimple, it can get infected.

Risky Beauty Habits

Not Discarding Old Makeup Products

Particles of makeup can land in the eyes and cause redness and irritation. More serious, potentially sight-threatening infections can be caused if the surface of the eye is scratched with a contaminated brush or makeup pencil.

Most cosmetics have long shelf lives, but since they can be contaminated with bacteria after just one use, it is a good idea to keep track of how long you have been using products such as mascara and eyeliners.

Although there are no guidelines for cosmetic use, experts suggest that risk of infection can be reduced if you change them every three to four months.

Now that you have got a glimpse of what beauty regime you shouldn’t be practicing, you must follow the above-mentioned points to prevent the risk of infection.

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