Finally, a Way to Pandemic-Proof Our Beauty Routines

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If there’s one word we’ve used more in the past eight months than we have ever, it’s “sanitize”. Whether it’s our hands or our doorknobs, our grocery baskets, or our laptops, there isn’t a surface or extremity that we aren’t dousing in sanitizer gel at any and every opportunity.

But there is one part of our lives that is often neglected or (even worse) totally ignored when it comes to maintaining an acceptable level of hygiene – and that’s our makeup routines.

Every time you dust bronzer along your cheekbones, dab a sponge over your skin to apply your foundation, or apply eyeshadow, your brushes and tools are not only picking up product, but oil and dirt from your skin, and germs and bacteria too. That’s right, you’re literally brushing bacteria over your face. Cue: spots, clogged pores, and skin infections. Not what we want – especially during a global pandemic.

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But before you go boiling your brushes or bathing your sponges in sanitizer, what if we told you that there’s a new beauty brand on the block that’s revolutionizing the concept of clean, hygienic beauty? Offering the world’s first antimicrobial tools and products, UVé Beauty is setting a new standard for sanitation by combining the power of science and nature to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria in our beauty bags. How? By using scientifically-backed ultraviolet wavelengths and UV-C technology, which is also used to sterilize and disinfect in hospitals.

Any esthetician or dermatologist will attest to how dangerous dirty makeup tools can be to your skin.

“There are a number of dangerous bacteria in makeup tools and even makeup right out of the box!” John Nguen, Co-Founder and CEO of UVé Beauty, tells Savoir Flair. “Forbes did a study a year ago and found that nine out of ten products off the shelf came with things like E-Coli in them, so it’s not just the tools that are harmful. Any esthetician or dermatologist will attest to how dangerous dirty makeup tools can for your skin. Things like E-Coli, Staphylococcus, and Cellulitis are some of the main harmful ones.”

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After listening to his frustrated wife talking about cleaning her makeup tools to kill bacteria and help mitigate acne and breakouts, Co-Founder Sean Wigand dug a little deeper and realized there weren’t any easy solutions to do so on a daily basis. After doing extensive research on the beauty and cosmetic industry and uncovering some serious issues around harmful bacteria and its potential lethal effects, Nguen and Wigan attended medical conventions and made it their mission to utilize medical science to create a safe and effective sanitizing system for beauty products.

Fast forward four years and they’ve introduced three different brush sterilizing systems that use the power of UV-C light to kill surface bacteria on makeup brushes before daily use, as well as ‘Antimicrobial Makeup Blenders’ and makeup brush sets that are manufactured with medical-grade antimicrobial agents to help prevent bacteria from growing by up to 99.9 percent.

“Given our current pandemic situation, we feel that what we’ve been working on for four years blends right into what the beauty world has really been missing,” Nguyen explains. “This topic is 100 percent even more amplified now given the situation with COVID-19. It’s mind-blowing how cosmetic companies have overlooked this for years. Even before this pandemic, through our market research, we were saddened by how much this has been overlooked. So, we set out to bring products that not only perform the best but also mitigate these dangerous situations from happening.”

It’s mind-blowing how cosmetic companies have overlooked this for years.

Skin hygiene aside, properly cleaning your brushes and sponges also means they’ll last longer, as it keeps the bristles and fibers soft and supple and prevents products from building up and damaging them. By simply cleaning your beauty tools, you’re investing in your health and your skin. So, if you’re looking for the ultimate way to pandemic-proof your beauty routine and to look and feel your best while you’re at it, switch to antimicrobial products. Your skin will thank you for it.

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