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Beauty Tools And Products You Shouldn’t Share With Anyone

Like your tweezers!

Sure, you were taught how to share as a child, but there are some things you shouldn’t lend. AT ALL. FOREVER.

Here, we give you six beauty products and tools that you should never share—even with your sister.

Tweezers
Whenever you pluck hair out from your skin, you draw out a microscopic amount of blood. This makes you more prone to catching bacteria and infection. So, if you get your brows shaped in a salon, make sure to ask your aesthetician to disinfect her tools. If you use tweezers yourself, wipe them with alcohol after every use.

Razors
Just like tweezers, razors can draw out blood and fluids from your body. That said, bacteria can be left on them even after washing. Infected razors can give you various diseases like hepatitis, staph infection and although highly unlikely, HIV.

Creams And Lotions in Jars
Dipping and re-dipping your fingers into your lotions and creams inside jars helps bacteria build up in the product, since the airtight packaging is broken. Introducing a new set of hands to your product will only multiply the bacteria. Instead, scoop small amounts of products weekly into a smaller pot and wash regularly to lessen bacteria build up. You can also buy those small plastic scrapers that you can use to get the product and disinfect after each use.

Lipgloss
Remember, the mouth is a very sensitive area prone to infections. The most common bacteria found in lipgloss wands are those that cause cold sores and even herpes. Lipgloss wands sit in closed and moist environments, so there’s really no stopping germs from multiplying once the product has been contaminated.

Mascara
Think of it this way: Any product that comes into close contact with bodily fluids should NEVER be shared. If your friend didn’t appear to have anything wrong with her eye when you lent her your HG mascara, she might be already carrying bacteria that may eventually give you a pinkeye, conjunctivitis, or even herpes in a couple of weeks.

Makeup Brushes
Your makeup brushes are often damp with products—making them the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. So if your office BFF picks up your favorite brush and uses it to apply her foundation, she’s also transferring germs from your face to hers.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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