Why should I avoid using the makeup samples in a store?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Few things are as glamorous as the gleaming cosmetics section in a big department store, packed with fresh-faced clerks in chic, tidy outfits. But, don’t be fooled by appearances. The tubes, containers, and bottles they are beckoning you to sample are filled with the bacteria of the shoppers who came before you. Those shiny testers are touched by hundreds of women who may harbor pink eye, herpes, a cold or flu, or simply hands that weren’t washed after going to the bathroom.

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