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Hands Clean

Written on April 27, 2011 at 9:53 am , by

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Our hands carry tons of bacteria, which can easily can spread to places we don’t want—like our face! So we enlist hand sanitizer in the war against germs. Our latest find: Veripur Hand Sanitizer Moisturizer, a bacteria-killer in a bottle that has a fresh scent (for fragrance-phobes, it’s also available unscented) and can be found at your local drugstore.

While most hand purifiers are alcohol-based (read: drying to the skin) this product is quite the opposite—it contains hydrating jojoba, grape seed and avocado oils in a creamy base to nourish as it wards of germs. Instead of blasting bacteria with antiseptic alcohol, it contains benzethonium chloride suspended in a wax base that invisibly binds to skin, killing germs continuously for up to four hours without reapplication. How handy!

—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern

Brush Up

Written on February 9, 2011 at 7:41 am , by

When was the last time you properly cleaned your makeup brushes?

Can’t remember? Then you might be swirling bacteria and fungus on your face—ick!

Makeup brushes pick up and accumulate dead skin cells, oils, dirt and any other bacteria that’s on your skin. This leads to brushes that are stiff with separated bristles, causing streaky makeup and eventually destroying your tool.  Plus, touching your face with a dirty brush every day can cause clogged pores and breakouts, too. Take the time to clean yours as often as possible. The following products make it easy:

  • Clinique Brush Cleanser is a great wash to remove all the grime that’s accumulated,  leaving a completely clean, sanitized brush.
  • Bare Escentuals Quick Change Brush Cleaner is a lifesaver when you need to instantly remove pigment from your brushes. It allows you to go from one shade to another in seconds, leaving no traces of the previous color.

Remember: Clean brushes mean a clean, happy face!

—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern