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How germy is your makeup?

 

Can makeup make you sick? You wash your hands after using the restroom and before you eat, but if you’re using four-year-old eye shadow, your hygiene habits may not be enough. Contaminated or old cosmetics can contain germs that lead to acne, rashes, pink eye, staph infections and even herpes.

“Bacterial contamination can lead to eye and skin infections such as cellulitis (generalized infection in the tissue) and abscesses (walled off pockets of pus and infection),” says Piedmont dermatologist Melissa Babcock, M.D.

Read on to find out if your makeup is causing blemishes rather than just covering them up.

When to replace your makeup

The government does not require cosmetics companies to print expiration dates on their products, so try to keep track of when you opened your products.

Dr. Babcock recommends replacing your makeup according to the following guidelines:

  • Mascara and eyeliner: Every three months
  • Liquid foundation, liquid concealer and cream eye shadow: Every six months
  • Powder and stick concealer, lipstick, lip gloss, hair products: Every year
  • Powder eye shadow, face powder, blush: Every two years
  • Sunscreen: Six months after opening or by the expiration date printed on the bottle
  • Fragrance: Every few years if kept out of direct sunlight and humidity
  • Nail polish: No specific expiration date, but eventually it will become dry and difficult to apply

You should immediately discard your makeup if:

  • You notice a change in color, consistency or scent. Mascara, for example, develops a gasoline-like odor when it expires.
  • You develop an eye infection or a cold sore.

Protect yourself from infection-causing germs

  • Thoroughly wash and dry your hands with a clean towel before applying skincare products and makeup.
  • Never share makeup, particularly mascara, eyeliner and eye shadow.
  • Wash your makeup brushes and sponges weekly, or purchase disposable applicators. “I like to buy cosmetic sponge wedges, which are about $2 for 32 sponges,” she says. “I use one side for sunscreen and makeup, and use the other side the next day. Then I throw it away.”
  • Sharpen lip liners or eyeliners, and wipe off the top layer of lipstick before each use.
  • Don’t pump your mascara – doing so allows excess air into the tube, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Keep all containers tightly closed.
  • Keep your products away from excess moisture and high heat. Consider storing your cosmetics and skincare products in a room other than a damp, steamy bathroom.
  • Allow your liquid foundation or lotion to dry first before applying powder products. Otherwise, powder products can develop a film on the top layer.
  • If it’s machine washable, toss your makeup bag in the washer every few months. If not, wipe it down with a damp cloth and let it air dry.

For more health and wellness tips, visit Living Better’s Health & Wellness page.

(Source: Piedmont Healthcare) 

 

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Learn how to conduct business with county and school system

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Cobb County needs quality vendors ready to provide the best value to our community. In 2013, more than 16,000 small business transactions were awarded, totaling more than $9 million. More than 12,000 large business transactions were also awarded, totaling more than $126 million.

To find out how your business can get in on the action, register for the first “How to Do Business with Cobb County” seminar on Thursday, May 7, hosted by Cobb County’s Purchasing Department, Keep it in Cobb and the Cobb County School District. Participants will learn about vendor opportunities, meeting with department representatives, network with local business owners and learn about the Local Vendor Preference.

The seminar will be held 5-7 p.m. in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. Space is limited, so reserve a spot today. RSVP to Inger Eberhart at 770-528-3317 or inger.eberhart@cobbcounty.org.

Register as a vendor at cobbcounty.org/purchasing and cobbk12.org/centraloffice/purchasing.

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Being a Good Witness: Tips from Cobb Police

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All too often police respond to crime scenes and someone walks up to tell them about something or someone suspicious they saw but didn’t think it was worth calling the police.  No matter how good we are at policing and patrolling, it is not possible to be everywhere and see everything. Our neighborhoods and businesses will be best protected with a cooperative effort of citizen and police communication and vigilance.

You could be responsible for preventing a crime. It is important to realize that by calling the police on the suspicious car parked in the cul-de-sac, or on the person walking around the neighborhood knocking on doors, someone may have prevented a number of burglaries or entering autos that may have happened. You know what is suspicious in your neighborhood better than the police do because you are there every day.

Should I call 911?  YES! Most of the time if  you have to ask yourself, “Should I call 911?”, then more than likely you should. Cobb County dispatch has a non-emergency number, 770-499-3911. You can always save this in your phone, but there is not an issue with dialing 911 because you see something suspicious and would like to have the police check the area. The delay in calling the non-emergency number could be the time that was needed for the responding unit to get there in time to stop a crime in progress.

How to be a Good Witness  When you are going to call the police about something suspicious or a crime that has occurred, it is time to be observant. Be prepared to answer questions for dispatch and for the police. Dispatch will need a good description of the location which could include an address, cross streets, nearby businesses, etc.  They will want a description of the person or vehicle. There are a lot of similar cars on the street, be specific. Your memory is the best immediately after an incident. Most people carry smart phones that have the ability to take pictures, record video and the ability to record notes. Take notes on what you saw including anything that is easily forgotten such as tag numbers.  Always remember that your safety is a priority, no amount of information is worth you risking your Personal Safety.

Characteristics to look for include: Vehicle (Type, Make, Model, Color, Damage if present, and the TAG NUMBER!!!) & Person Characteristics including: Race, Height, Weight, Distinguishable clothing (shoes are important), Tattoos, Piercings, Hair (color, length, style).

Working together we can make East Cobb as safe as possible. Remain safe and vigilant!

(Source: Sgt.Tim Nelson & Det. Goodman, PENS Report)

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Walton Touchdown Club annual Golf Tournament is May 11

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The Walton Football Touchdown Club is holding it’s annual “Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament” on May 11, 2015 at Indian Hills Country Club. Registration starts at 11 am with a shotgun start at noon.

The cost for a single player is $125 which includes a sack lunch, buffet dinner, goodie bag and raffle tickets. A corporate sponsorship is $1,200.00 which includes registration for 4 players, hole sponsor, sack lunch, buffet dinner, goodie bags, raffle tickets, drink tickets, a mulligan and putting string.

The tournament is open to anyone in the community, so please consider enjoying an afternoon of golf while supporting the award winning Walton Raiders football team.

To register go to www.raidersfb.org. To donate raffle items, please contact Paty Holdmeyer at holdmeyer@comcast.net

 

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Stop and smell the roses: 10 places to soak in beautiful spring weather in the Atlanta area.

Soak in beautiful Spring weather all around the metro area. Thanks to Piedmont Healthcare for rounding up this list.

 

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Photo of the Day

4.27.15

Mr. Brown, Dickerson Middle School band teacher with Eleni Haralabidis , Emma Woodman and other 8th grade band students on their way to Orlando for the school’s annual field trip.

 

 

LIKE THIS PHOTO? Your mission should you choose to accept: take some pictures and then share them with our online community. We are always looking for local photos that capture the wonder of our East Cobb world: from a birthday pic, to a photo of your backyard garden, to an image from a special event.  Send your slice-o-life photo to photos@eastcobber.com.  In the body of the email, be sure to identify who, what or where the photo was taken.

Scotch, Supper and Stogies at Red Sky

Red Sky Tapas will host a scotch pairing on Tuesday, April 28, 7pm. Tickets are $75 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuities. Enjoy a four course experience that includes four single malts, lamp lollipops, blackberry venison, smoked oysters and a cigar.

For reservations and more information, visit redskytapas.com or call 770-973-0100.

Red Sky is located at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 16 in East Cobb.

List your event with the EAST COBBER

 

Do you have an upcoming event taking place? The editorial staff at EAST COBBER is happy to consider your event submission for our print publication and/or to post online. Send a brief description of the event along with the date, time and location to calendar@eastcobber.com. Entries must be received by the 15th of the month for events taking place the following month. For example if your event takes place in May your submission must be received by April 15.

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Should your pet be our Pet of the Month?

Fill out the information on your pet and send it to:
EAST COBBER, P.O. Box 680445, Marietta, GA 30068

Please include a picture with your entry. Or email description and a jpg to: petomonth@eastcobber.com.

Pet’s Name:
Animal/Breed:
Age & Gender:
Favorite Food:
Favorite Person:
Best Trick:
Turn Ons:
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Favorite Toy:
Last Seen:
What makes your pet so special:
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St. Peter and St. Paul.

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