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The Easy and Effective Way to Disinfect Makeup

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You probably know that makeup is a breeding ground for unwanted bacteria. You’ve heard that you should be washing your makeup brushes, but what about the powders or cream bases? Most people don’t think it’s even possible to disinfect makeup. Well, I’ve found a super easy way to disinfect my makeup without compromising the quality of the product.

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What is the secret?

To disinfect makeup I use a spritz or two of colloidal silver spray directly on the makeup. See, I said it was easy.

If you’re not familiar with colloidal silver, it’s is a liquid solution of elemental silver.
Herb Wisdom explains

“Colloidal silver is a liquid solution created using electrolysis to suspend pure, metallic elemental silver (in groups of particles 15 atoms or fewer, each with a positive electric charge) attached to simple protein molecules, in distilled water.”

Colloidal silver is antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antiviral, and antibacterial. Several studies demonstrate colloidal silver’s effectiveness against some of the most menacing antibiotic resistant bacteria including MRSA (source).

These properties make it a perfect candidate to disinfect makeup (or any other surface) where another type of antimicrobial wouldn’t be ideal. For example, tea tree oil is antimicrobial, but you wouldn’t want to put tea tree on anything that goes anywhere near your eye.

How to use it?

I use 1 or 2 spritzes on my makeup sets about once a week, that’s it! You want to uniformly cover the surface but not saturate. The makeup will be wet after the spritzes but dries within a few hours so I always do it after I use my makeup. I also suggest washing your makeup brushes at the same time so you don’t recontaminate the makeup as soon as you use it.

So far I haven’t had any issues with the spray affecting the products negatively. Every powder, eye shadow, and cream base has come out perfectly fine. However for the creams (like concealers or cream blush) remember that the liquid won’t evaporate so it will add a tiny bit of moisture to the product. Colloidal silver also works great for mascara.

One note, make sure you always buy true colloidal silver. This is the product I use (this is also an amazing remedy for pink eye but more about that in another post).

There are products sold as colloidal silver that are not as effective and potentially dangerous. These products are also linked to some of the side effects of colloidal silver (though usually wildly exaggerated). The most written about side effect is caused by ingesting large amounts of silver protein—not true colloidal silver–resulting in the skin turning gray or blue. You definitely want to avoid that!

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Easy peasy right!If you want to read more about a natural makeup routine check out my post 11 Natural Beauty and Body Swaps to keep you Toxin Free. 

You might also like, 5 Dangerous Chemicals in Your Beauty and Body Products. 

You can also check out the Filtered Living Shop for more safe toxin free products and makeup options to keep you naturally gorgeous!

How about you? Have you used true colloidal silver? What has been your experience? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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