Makeup Counter Testers
It might be imperative to selecting the right shade, but avoiding makeup counter testers could have a significant impact on the amount of germs you pick up this winter season. An undercover test conducted by "Good Morning America" found that one out of every five samples tested from 10 stores across two states showed significant growth of mold, yeast or fecal matter. Better to be safe than sorry: buy and try the makeup at home or try and limit the number of items you test in the store.
It seems odd, but studies have shown that even soap can harbor bacteria, and dispensers are no better. After being touched constantly with dirty hands, the dispenser is a feeding frenzy for bacteria and other germs, not to mention that the containers are not regularly cleaned. Give those germs little chance to make you sick by following good hand washing protocol: scrub hands, nails and wrists with plenty of hot water and soap for 15 to 20 seconds.