We have all heard about the advice to wash our hands thoroughly for 20 seconds or more, but there are other areas, particularly within our own care and beauty routines, where we can take steps to reduce our exposure to harmful bacteria and viruses.
Makeup brushes and sponges are some of the dirtiest items in our homes. Researchers from Aston University, Birmingham found that between 70-90% of all beauty items tested were contaminated with high levels of bacteria and fungi. In a time where we are all trying to keep clean, it is paramount that we are strict with our personal hygiene routines and ensure we sanitise our makeup brushes, products or beauty sponges after every single use - to reduce our exposure to dirt, bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
We can use specialised makeup brush cleaners or even normal liquid or solid bar soaps to help sanitise these items, ensuring cleanliness.
Similarly, many of us apply our makeup in the bathroom; or at the very least, store our brushes, applicators or sponges there, this may mean that they become contaminated with the faecal matter within this moist environment. Taking the simple step of removing your brushes and makeup bag from your bathroom and storing them in a clean and dry area will help reduce your exposure to this type of contamination.
As many of us are now working from home or self-isolating, it may even be a good time to ditch makeup altogether and just focus on a good, thorough, cleansing and skincare routine to keep yourself and your family stay as clean as possible.
Toothbrush cleanliness is also an area we often neglect. The Oral Health Institute's advice is to keep our toothbrushes stored upright in a dry area (perhaps even with a headcover) to help reduce contamination. They also advise that if anyone in your home becomes unwell with flu-like symptoms that not only their toothbrush should be disposed of, but any other toothbrushes that are stored in close proximity should be tossed too. Being vigilant about reducing contact between your toothbrush and the toothpaste tube is also important in reducing the transmission of germs within your household.
Here at Creightons, we have a variety of skin and body care products, from soap to sanitiser, that we are replenishing and updating on a daily basis; so if your usual favourite products are out of stock to be sure to check back daily or sign up for alerts that notify you when we have more soaps, washes and sanitisers available.
If you are ever unsure of how to stay safe and clean please head over to the NHS guidelines page for the latest updates and government advice.