Since the outbreak of Covid-19, we have all been on high alert with regards to personal hygiene. We’ve been posting advice on how to disinfect your home, especially high-touch places, and even your groceries. Even as Singapore slowly eases out of circuit breaker, we should still continue to maintain this level of hygiene.
Everyday items like our makeup stash can easily be overlooked, even though makeup has the potential to become a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. US-based dermatologist Adam Mamelak told HuffPost: “Plastic makeup tubes, bottles and compacts can be a concern for transmission of the virus,” as handling and applying makeup “could be a very real way to contract the virus.”
By now we should know that touching our face after being in contact with contaminated surfaces can cause infection. Studies have shown that the virus could survive up to 24 hours on cardboard, and two to three days on plastic and stainless steel surfaces.
Though there are still no studies to show how long the virus can stay on or in our makeup, it’s high time we give them a good wipe, especially since most of our makeup products come in plastic packaging.
While preservatives are used in makeup to extend its shelf life and prevent the growth of bacteria or mold, cosmetic chemist Vanessa Thomson said: “preservatives mainly prevent bacterial contamination and may not protect against the virus.”
Keep your beloved beauty products clean and safe to use with these disinfecting tips below.