Makeup artists recommend sanitizing products after each use

With the coronavirus pandemic still spreading, many of us feel anxious about everyday items potentially infected with bacteria.

That includes makeup and skincare products, which can contain harmful microbes without proper cleaning.

In the eyes of Michelle Dotdot, a freelance makeup artist, isopropyl alcohol is her best friend.

“You need about 30% of water to destabilize bacteria and allow alcohol to penetrate and destroy any bacteria that’s in there,” Dotdot said. She added that anything over 70% evaporates too fast before the alcohol properly cleans the product.

Many people forget to sanitize a makeup bag and fall short on handling their brushes with care.

“I clean my brushes after every use, especially the ones I use like liquids or creams because that moisture is what’s going to make bacteria grow faster,” Dotdot said. She uses two brush cleaners, one to spot clean in between uses and another to deep clean

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Long Island oyster farmers create oyster skin care line, other unique products to try

Would you take your beauty regimen cues from a man in neon green waders holding a pile of mollusks in rubber shucking gloves? Well, maybe.

Ben Gonzalez, 50, co-owner of Southold Bay Oyster Farm on the North Fork, has formulated a face cream that employs “oyster technology” that claims to hydrate, moisturize and soften skin. His cream is one of many potions and lotions that harness the powers of unexpected ingredients — from bananas to wasabi to snails (yes, snails) — to amp up your beauty game.

For the record, Gonzalez didn’t just toss some oysters in a blender and mix them up. The pandemic shutdown last March, “gave us time to focus on developing our first skin care product,” he says. “We wanted to be able to bring the benefits of oysters to everyone including folks who do not eat them.” And being that his husband and business partner

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