Short and to the point. Two of the dirtiest places on the human body include your fingers (especially under the nails) and the mouth. It's just asking for trouble. Just a side note to illustrate how dirty our hands are . . . in hospitals, not washing hands between patient encounters is the #1 way we doctors spread germs around to other patients! Now, it's one thing to always wash our hands before applying these lip products, but we all know that this is pretty much not the case. When most people re-apply lip gloss, they're not even near a sink! Even worse, reapplying on the mass transit commute . . . do you really know what's been on those subway grips?
Some basic lip care hygiene tips:
- Consider buying a new lip product if you've used it while being sick (so stick to the cheapo balms when sick so you don't have to throw out your favorite designer gloss).
- Make sure that you lip gloss (especially if it requires your finger to apply) contains a preservative. This is important, at least the preservative can help inhibit any bacterial growth, especially important since your fingers would be introducing germs into the pot anyway.
- Throw out old lip glosses and the like.
- Never share lip products.