Are You Sacrificing Health in the Name of Beauty?

6 sometimes-risky pampering practices and how to indulge in them safely
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Makeup Testing: Sample safely

Using cosmetic testers in a store is the same as sharing makeup — and germs — with a thousand other people. In an analysis of samples from 20 makeup companies, scientists at Rowan University found that nearly 100 percent of them were teeming with germs — from staph to E. coli. Eyes and lips are especially vulnerable. “One risk is conjunctivitis, or pink eye, an infection that can be passed by sharing eye products,” says Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C. To sample makeup safely, use disposable applicators or bring your own if you aren’t sure the cosmetic counter you plan to visit has them.