General practitioner Aragona Giuseppe, medical adviser at Prescription Doctor, highlighted the importance of cleaning lip products.
He explained: “Lip products are particularly risky, because lipsticks and lip liners are a natural gateway to your respiratory tract.”
It’s also difficult to determine how long the virus can thrive on lip care items like balms, as the formula is kept in a small humid space where viral particles can survive longer, noted Giuseppe.
Ophthalmologist Yuna Rapoport said: “I am anticipating seeing more infections that are seated with Covid-19, since we know that the virus can infect the ocular surface through the conjunctival mucous membrane and through tears,”
Rapoport suggests applying eye makeup before heading out, and keep the products at home to lower the risk of infection.
She explained: “For example, if you are touching up makeup in your car (or in a public bathroom), you may touch a surface that is contaminated, forget to clean your hands, accidentally touch the makeup and then touch your face again.”
Apart from observing hand hygiene to reduce the risk of infection when applying makeup, Rapoport also advises replacing eye products when they reach their expiration dates. “Ideally, mascara and eyeliner should be replaced every three months, and eyeshadow can be replaced every six months.”
Though, if you have a habit of bringing them around with you, she suggests replacing them in half the time of its expiration date.
But, of course, should you have come in close contact with the coronavirus, toss them out immediately.
Said Giuseppe: “This is because respiratory droplets may have passed from your hands or face and are now sitting on your products, which means that they are in danger of continuing to spread the virus should you use again.”