Although makeup helps us look more human during times of sickness the products could carry the germs and get you sick again in the future. There are many health risks to cosmetics in the flu season especially because the germs can live in your cosmetics, along with other types of bacteria that could lead to health issues.
Number one thing you should get rid of is lipstick! In addition to spreading cold and flu germs, lip products can also spread the Herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). If you don’t want to get rid of your favorite lipstick, you could also cut off the top as an efficient way to get rid of germs, or you could even wipe off the top layer and stick in isopropyl alcohol for up to 30 seconds. However, the dark, damp tubing for the lipstick is already an ideal breeding ground for bacteria so you should probably get new lipstick and avoid the risk.
Just like your favorite lip products eye makeup also spreads bacteria that can cause conjunctivitis or pink eye, so its best to replace your eye products and prevent the risk.
Also even if you have yet to get sick if you are using expired makeup, you are still at risk for infection and should replace your makeup asap!
And most importantly don’t forget to wash your brushes at least once a week to avoid bacteria.