To guarantee safety and hygiene when handling food preparation duties in kitchens, both professionally and at home, certain common habits such as smoking, chewing gum, wearing bracelets and rings, having long fingernails, etc., must be avoided.
Some of these matters are common sense, but others aren’t quite so apparent initially. For example, many people wonder if wearing makeup in a kitchen is appropriate.
Can You Wear Makeup In A Kitchen?
You can wear makeup in a kitchen but it is not a recommended practice. In some professional kitchens, wearing makeup is outright banned. Makeup and other facial cosmetics are generally left out of kitchens because they can easily contaminate food.
Perfumes and heavily scented soaps and hand creams are typically frowned upon by kitchen staff for the same reasons.
Ultimately, if you work in a professional kitchen, makeup is may be banned. Cleanliness is considered one of the standard rules in all food production environments. So check with your boss if this includes no makeup s a requirement.
If you are more interested in wearing makeup while preparing food at home there are some considerations you can take to ensure that your makeup remains on your skin and doesn’t end up hurting you or your loved ones.
Wearing Makeup In Your Kitchen
The first tip for wearing makeup in your kitchen is to get yourself some high-quality waterproof and sweat-proof mascara. Not all makeup is created equal, avoid non-water-proof makeup that can end up turning into a melting mess in the steamy heat of most kitchens.
Your foundation should also be water-proof and sweat-proof.
The second rule of wearing makeup in your kitchen is to keep the layer at a minimum. Use a brush to apply a thin layer around your face, and keep the eyeliner and lipstick at a minimum.
Using a primer or a setting powder to fix the makeup on your face is a great way to ensure that no makeup falls off your face and into your food.
These tips will help minimize the likelihood of your makeup contaminating any food you prepare while wearing it. But at the end of the day, the only surefire way to remove the risk is to stop wearing makeup in the kitchen.
If you think the idea of makeup contaminating your food is an exaggeration and the result of neurotic minds, you would do well to read the section below.
Makeup Is Full Of Bacteria
A recent study published by the school of Life and Health Sciences of Aston University in Birmingham, England, by Dr. Amreen Bashir and Professor Peter Lambert, has shown that common makeup products are almost always contaminated with very harmful bacteria such as Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus.
According to the study, which consisted of taking samples from makeup products and their corresponding tools, it was determined that anywhere from 70% to 90% of these household products contain significant quantities of bacteria.
These bacteria are responsible for causing a variety of illnesses including infections and even potentially fatal blood poisoning if ingested or absorbed through a wound.
So if even a small amount of contaminated makeup were to fall off your face and into your food, you could end up with a bad case of food poisoning or worse.
Avoiding makeup in the kitchen is the best way to protect yourself from inadvertently putting yourself and your loved ones at risk.