If you have a choice between using a sponge or your fingers to apply your makeup, sponges are better because fingers that haven’t been properly cleansed with good old fashioned soap and water can transfer bacteria, oils, and other free radicals a lot quicker than sponges will. However, when it comes to sponges a lot of women make a very common mistake and use the same one over and over until all of the “clean” sides are used up. They’ll continue to dip it back into their concealer every day until all the surfaces are utilized. Yuck!

The truth is, after you use a sponge once, the next time you go to use another side for an application, the formulation and the bacteria has already leaked through and tainted the other surface you haven’t used yet. So you need to throw it away as soon as you’re done using it once to avoid contaminating your skin.

For over a decade, Scott-Vincent Borba has been a renowned innovator in the beauty category and has worked on such esteemed brands such as Hard Candy Cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson®, P&G/Wella-Sebastian, Shiseido/Joico, and Dr. Murad.

Scott-Vincent helped found E.L.F. Cosmetics with the idea that quality color cosmetics shouldn’t be limited to high-end department stores. Aside from contributing to the monthly blogs, he oversees new product development and leads the brand with head-turning innovation.

Scott-Vincent has been a high-fashion model, TV personality and became a licensed aesthetician to further his credentials and experiences. He founded BORBA, and continues to use his creative thinking to push the envelopes of skin care as we know it.