We recently overheard a hilarious-and thought-provoking-conversation among some of our friends. The topic? Whether they'd let a friend borrow their deodorant. The debate was split: some said they'd absolutely help out a girl in need, while others said no-freaking-way. We called up Jeannette Graf, a dermatologist in New York City, to find out the medical POV. The general upshot is that sharing cosmetics is a little skeevy: "Skin is not a sterile organ; we carry germs on it, and you just don't know what one person is carrying," she says.
Basic Rules for Tossing Makeup.
The worst stuff to share? "Mascara," says Graf. "Because you can easily spread conjunctivitis." Stuff like lipgloss, makeup brushes, and roll-on deodorant are also not so hot, but you can take precautions with them. Wipe off the gloss with a tissue or make your friend use a Q-tip to apply it. For makeup brushes, spray them with an antibacterial brush cleaner. (We like Bodyography Pro The Brush Off Anti-Bacterial MakeupRead More »from Would You Let Your Friend Use Your Cosmetics?