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How To Keep Your Skincare Routine Sanitary

Raise your hand if you’d feel even a twinge of embarrassment letting someone peek inside the contents of your cosmetic bag, skin care shelves, or even the area around your sink? As is the case with other household chores, it’s far too easy to neglect our beauty loot when it comes to keeping things sanitary.

Because we use these products on our face and around our eyes, nose, and mouth, it’s particularly important to remain diligent about cleanliness. To help you jump start a deep clean, and maintain the best sanitary practices when applying makeup and skin care, here I share with you my best advice.

Wash Your Hands Thoroughly Before Beginning Your Regimen

We ought to regularly wash our hands throughout the day, but the task becomes even more important right before we begin touching our faces for our skin care or makeup regimens.

Ground Rules For The Best Hand Washing Practices

  • Hands should be washed with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. If you’re in a bind, hand sanitisers are effective if they contain at least 60 percent alcohol.

  • When washing, it is important to wash all surfaces including between fingers and thumb, palms, and the back of your hand.

  • I usually suggest using nails to clean under other nails. You can also utilize a nail brush for an extra deep clean.

  • Dry your hands with a clean towel or disposable paper!

You can go the extra mile by wiping down the exterior of any products you plan to use, as well. I recommend using sanitising wipes with a solution that contains between 60 to 90 percent alcohol. Antibacterials do not necessarily address viruses. There are also sanitising mists, like Isoclean Antibacterial Makeup Brush Cleaner: The Cleaner, that you can spray on brushes, tools, and products before using (note they’re not a replacement for washing your hands) just before use.

Don’t Dip Your Fingers In The Product

More and more products are switching to airtight containers which are more sanitary in general, but there are still products stored in jars and pots. Even if your hands are clean, avoid dipping your fingers into the product. Use a sanitary beauty spatula or a spoon from your kitchen to keep germs and bacteria from living on the surface of your favourite creams.

Use Freshly Laundered Face Mitts

To wash your face, it’s important to use freshly laundered face mitts.