– Welcome back everyone. Well this is a segment that I’m really interested in because I wear a lot of make-up. I’m messing with my eyes a lot and we’ve invited doctor Amy Estes From Augusta University from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University to come and talk to us a little bit about tips for make-up. Now I think as a corneal specialist, and somebody who knows lots about eye diseases, you are certainly the person that we need to talk to about, about different things. One thing that I really worry about is sharing make-up and when somebody wants to borrow a mascara or something like that. What is the deal with this. – [Dr. Estes] Sure, well I mean any liquid make-up can harbor bacteria after a certain period of time. You know the recommendation. – [Jennie] Any liquid make-up? – Any liquid make-up. So especially around the eyes think mascara, your eyeliner. Things like that. And the recommendation actually is that you dispose of it and buy new product every three months. You know, to prevent bacteria – [Jennie] bacteria – from starting to grown in there. So certainly if you’re sharing bacteria, you know, not everyone has bacteria on their own eyelids and eyelashes and if you’re sharing bacteria then you’re sharing one another’s bacteria as well, so that can certainly create trouble in terms of infection. – Absolutely. I want to hold this up because this is what a lot of you have in a desk drawer your dresser drawer, whatever. But you’re gonna have lip glosses, lipsticks. You’re gonna have your mascara, your eyeliners. And then of course lots and lots of different brushes. From face brushes to eye brushes to lip brushes. How important is I try to clean my brushes but I don’t know if I have a set routine about it. And I have a spray – [Dr. Estes] Sure. – That’s an antibacterial brush spray. Bacteria is gonna be gathering on those brushes too I guess – I mean I would image it certainly could, sure. I mean any of this I mean liquids are the more known kinda vessels you know, to grow the bacteria but I mean bacteria and viruses really can live anywhere. – Talk to me a little bit about this one right here, the make-up – Yeah. – [Both] That mascara – The mascara. (gentle music) How long can you safely use one tub? – Well so the, I mean the actual recommendation from The American Academy of Ophthalmology is about three months before you could end up harboring some harmful bacterial in there so – Three months. – Three months so even if it’s not empty it’s a good idea to change it, you know. It’s a precaution. – It’s a precaution. – Yeah. – [Jennie] It sounds like you could really start adding up but I guess the – [Dr. Estes] Absolutely – [Jennie] On the flip side if you’re gonna get eye infections and you’re gonna have to have medications for that. – Sure. – I was astounded last year I got pink eye and I think my bottle of drops was like $160 or something. I couldn’t believe it. – Yeah, it’s really expensive – But we’ve talked about pink eye a couple of minutes ago before we started this segment and I thought what you said was really interesting. Several of us here at WJBF News Channel 6 got pink eye and we all share iPads when we go to the anchor desk and do the the news. And you said we’re just kinda setting ourselves up for this. – So pink eye’s most commonly caused by a virus and it’s a virus that associated with the common cold. And so I can be spread really easily, you know. If you touch your eye and then touch any surface doorknobs, iPads, anything like that that someone else touches that surface and touches their eye then you can transmit that virus and that virus is pretty hardy so not only is it really easy to transmit from person to person but it can live on a surface for weeks to even months sometimes. – That is just gross. It can just live on a surface like that? – Yep. – So we need to just really use antibacterial wipes and things on keyboards? – Sure. – And wash our hands. – Yes and that’s the most important thing when you have any of these infections. Hand washing, hand washing, hand washing. Is very important. You don’t want to be shaking people’s hands and things like that because you can really – Transmit stuff – Transmit it, yeah. – Now when you’re in a department store or in your Sephora or Ulta or something they have a lot of testers. And one of the things you’ll see them do is they’ll take a pencil sharpener, you know, and then they’ll sharpen the pencil before they use it. Does that make a big difference? – Well, you know, I’m not in terms of infection and bacteria – [Jennie] Going from one person to the other. – You know. You know I don’t think that that would be a fool proof way to prevent it (laughs) – Right, right. How do you feel about the tester setup that you see in stores? – Well – Would you ever? – You know I wouldn’t – (laughing) Subject yourself – (laughing) I wouldn’t just to be on the safe side. I mean you never know when someone’s you know not following the rules and you know using a tester multiple times or something like that. – Because the idea is if you’re using different sponges – Right. – And different applicators then you should be okay. – Theoretically, you’re you know but you know it’s a more sterile environment but – You have to trust – Whenever anything’s out of your control you never know for certain – You never know. So all you can control is your own cosmetic tool box? – True, yep. Absolutely. – And I would feel the same way about if you use your lip brush with lipsticks. – [Dr. Estes] Sure. – You’re gonna have the same thing if you share. – [Dr. Estes] Sure, yep. – Especially if you let somebody with a coldsore – That’s right. – Use your lipstick. – Right. Viruses like to transmit quickly so yeah absolutely. – Well the point of this segment was to particularly talk to college aged girls and teenage girls who go together to the bathroom in groups and maybe use each others make-up bags. So think about it. I hope that doctor Estes has grossed you out enough to think about taking care and tell them if somebody wants to borrow your lipstick just tell them that I said you can’t. Blame it on me. Don’t share and remember to restock, restock. Three months is the good rule of thumb – Three months is the rule of thumb, yep. – Okay, alright Doctor Amy Estes thank you so much for talking to us about caring for our make-up which is how we care for our eyes and our skin and all the other good stuff. – You’re welcome. Thanks for having me. – Alright. We’ll be right back.