Would You Buy or Swap Used Makeup Online?
Forums are a great place to expand your cosmetic collection, but you could be swapping unwanted viruses along with your unwanted shades
Experts say: Sharing or lending lip products always seems innocent ("Can I borrow some chapstick?"), but the cringe factor rises exponentially when you think of the viruses that fester on lips -- viruses that experts point out, are much smaller than bacteria and much harder to kill. I'm still scarred by the news that a women was suing M.A.C. after she allegedly contracted herpes after an artist applied a RiRi Woo sample to her lips, and both Hammer and Ostad said I was traumatized for good reason.
According to Hammer, lip products get a red flag thanks to herpes labialis, the infection caused by herpes simplex virus, which can live on oil-based products like lipsticks, chapsticks and gloss and get further smudged into the product every time you reapply. The next time your lip sprouts small, painful cold sore blisters, you may want to retrace your cosmetic steps ... and just looking for unsightly cold sores in your circle of friends may not always help in your detective work. "Your friend may be shedding virus and not realize she's getting a cold sore," says Dr. Ariel Ostad, a dermatologist and cosmetic dermatologic surgeon, For the uninitiated, the "viral shedding" phase is when the virus is traveling along nerves to the surface of the skin. The virus is contagious at this stage, but not visible. Tricky virus.
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