Why you should clean all of your makeup tools?
The damage that unwashed makeup brushes can cause is truly whopping – clogged pores, breakouts, pimples, skin irritations, rashes, pink eyes and even staph infections.
Just think about it. Your makeup tools get moved from your cosmetic bag, into your beauty products, onto your face and in the process they come into contact with so many different surfaces and variety of possessions, that it’s really hard to keep a track.
Still, 72% of the people aren’t cleaning their brushes regularly. But we don’t think that it is a good excuse to skip this really important part of your beauty routine.
According to a study at Loyola Marymount University after one month of use, uncleaned makeup brushes held more bacteria than researchers were even able to measure. And that’s a lot indeed.
Actually, chances are that there could be more bacteria on your makeup brushes than on your toilet seat…
And if this is not scary enough for you we’ve got a full list of reasons why cleaning your makeup tools is mandatory.
You may not see it but over time each and every brush accumulates bacteria, which means that instead of making your skin looks flawless, you’re actually spreading bacteria all-over your face…
That’s not all, since by doing so you’re also:
Leaving the bacteria aside your uncleaned makeup brushes stack dead skin cells and oil as well.
By spreading those on your face you get clog pores and uneven, dull or broken out skin.
Uncleaned makeup tools can cause all sorts of skin irritations. Since your makeup is built on them, the hardening of the bristles will eventually change their form.
Without the original soft texture of your brushes and sponges, their continued use could cause redness and irritation to your sensitive skin.
We’ve already mentioned clogged pores and since they’re on board breakouts are the only next logical outcome.
Consistently using dirty makeup tools and putting them back into your products can cause a serious and even severe vicious cycle.
Once the bacteria is already blended into your beauty products, even after you’ve cleaned your brushes, you’re putting that bacteria right back onto your face every time when you dip into your favourite foundation.
If you’ve never had to dealt with acne, don’t forget that it is possible to get your first breakouts long after the puberty and uncleaned makeup tools quite often are the reason why.
Using the same brushes without taking good care of them can cause skin irritations, rashes and even severe form of acne.
The regular cleaning keeps the bristles soft, and that means they’re less irritating to your skin and much more unlikely to cause any damage to your face.
Wrinkles are among the most undesired skin imperfections for every woman alive and dirty brushes may be responsible for this one as well.
Stressed-out skin, that’s constantly coming into contact with bacteria is going to start to show signs of wear much earlier. When your skin is stressed, collagen and elastin start to breakdown much faster, causing your skin to lose its plump, youthful appearance.
So it’s quite probably to end up with premature wrinkles as a result of continuous use of dirty makeup tools.
Let’s talk a little bit about the more and more commonly community-acquired Staph infection.
When it comes to bacteria the only limit is the sky, so in addition to breakout-causing germs, your brushes can pick up some dangerous stuff like E.coli, Staphylococcus and a various fungi as well.
These bacteria could make you seriously sick and could even be life-threatening. Before you assume it could never happen to you, consider the following abbreviation – MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus staph infection, which means that this stuff is resistant to any sort of antibiotics.
Getting MRSA does not automatically mean that you will end up with a severe infection but still, it might look like a lump, a small pimple, or a cluster of pimples. It often hurts, it's red, swollen, and sometimes a little warm.
In a very small percentage of cases, it can lead to severe infections like necrotizing pneumonia, osteomyelitis (infection to the bones), endocarditis (infection of the heart's valves) or meningitis.
And since in the past years there was a case of a woman from Australia, who ended up in a wheelchair after contracting a staph infection from using a friend’s makeup brush, we strongly advise you not to do so.
After all, a flawless look on a girls’ night out not worth such a severe price. So yeah, just clean your makeup brushes and don’t even think of borrowing any beauty tools from a friend in the bathroom of some club.
If you’re lucky enough to never experience or suffer from any of the possible damages listed above, there’s still at least one pretty good reason to keep your makeup brushes and sponges immaculate and clean them regularly.
Clean brushes apply makeup better. Even the best foundation or powder can look streaky and patchy on your face, when applied with a dirty brush or sponge.
If your makeup tools are covered in weeks’ worth of pigments and powders, your makeup is just going to look muddy and unfinished, so next time when you’re having a hard time blending, probably the uncleaned brushes are the ones to blame.
Clean bristles simply mean smoother application and much better final look.
Let’s end up this list with one more point to the net brushes. If you clean them regularly, they will last longer. Build-up on your makeup tools can cause the fibres to break and the bristles to weaken, this not only makes it harder to apply your makeup properly but damages your beauty tools as well.
That means that if you clean them regularly, you and your favourite brushes or sponges won’t have to part ways any time soon, and since you won’t have to replace them with new ones you will as well save money in the process.
Long story short, although it may seem like a boring chore, the washing of your makeup brushes is a must!
Don’t forget about the other products kept in your Cosmetic Bag
You’ve probably heard enough about makeup brushes so far. But when it comes to beauty routines, there are a few more products that you should take good care of, in order to avoid any unfortunate outcomes.
Let’s start with your eyelash curler
Cleaning your eyelash curler is the right thing to do if you want to be sure that you’ll get nicely curled, fluttery lashes. If it’s hardened by the old mascaras you’ve, you’ll have clumpy lashes and even risk losing a good amount of them because they’ll stick to the old product.
In order to properly clean your eyelash curler, let it soak in warm water and then wipe away the leftovers of the used products with a cotton cloth.
Pro Tip:If you’re in love with your old mascara brush, you can keep it (if you manage to keep it clean as well, of course). There’s no need to stick to one product alone only because you like the brush so much. Just clean it up well and use with your new mascara as well.
But remember not to overdue the initial expiration date of the product.
Your Liner brush
When we’re talking about such a delicate area like the one around your eyes it’s mandatory to always use freshly sanitized products.
That’s the only way to avoid Pinkeye and even serious medical conditions like meningitis.
That's why you should clean your liner brushes between uses.
Your Lipstick and/or Lip balm
Hypothetically a woman eats an average of 3.5 kg of lipstick during her lifetime. That’s a solid reason to disinfect the bullet regularly with a damp cloth, don’t you think?!
All that it takes is to simply wipe the tip when you’re done with your makeup routine.
If the bullet doesn’t look clean enough, you can pour some sanitary alcohol on a saucer and dip the top of your lipstick for a few seconds. Then, wipe it with a tissue. Simple as that.
Not to mention that by doing so you will avoid the mixing of different shades of red or pink.
Last but not least don’t forget to clean your cosmetic bag, as well
We all know that sometimes your makeup bag may look like a beauty battlefield, only this time the fashion victim is you. It may look a bit like Pablo Picasso painting, since lipstick stains, crèmes and oils are all soak up in the fabrics in a variety of shades.
The easiest way to clean your cosmetic bag is to simply place it in a bowl of hot water with a spoon of soda bicarbonate.
After leaving the bag in for a short beauty sleep – it’s time to take it for a trip in the washing machine - wash it 60°C at max or simply wash it by hand.
Don’t neglect this one, after all this is the only home that your beauty products know.
How often you should clean your makeup tools?
Now when you know why you mandatorily have to clean your makeup tools, probably the question that pop ups is How often should you do so.
According to recent studies, women spend two years of their lives in front of the mirror and are regularly investing in new beauty products and accessories. Unfortunately, this trend and everyday duration do not apply to the cleanliness of their products too.
According to a recent survey by Cosmetify, one in four British women states (or 26% of Englishwomen in the country) that she has never cleaned her makeup brushes, with a further 14% saying they only do so once a year.
In fact, out of 2,000 participants, only 4% claimed to wash their brushes on a weekly basis (which in case you wonder, is the time frame, recommended by the dermatologist).
The survey has found that 68% of the women have shared their makeup brushes with other people, and 82% did so with their friends.
Sharing is caring - they say, but when it comes to makeup tools, it's nearly forbidden by all beauty laws on the planet.
If despite that, you decide to do so you must necessarily wash them between turns.
You can look at your skin as on a delicate ecosystem. If you let someone else use your makeup tools, you’re introducing their foreign microbes and bacteria into your fragile environment. If harmful bacteria makes it onto your skin, you could end up with a severe infection (we don’t have to remind you about that unfortunate Australian woman again, don’t we...).
In order to turn the page, the short answer to the initial question – How often should I clean my makeup tools? is once a week or at the very least once a month.
This advisable term is valid in case we’re talking about face brushes like the ones you use for applying foundation, concealer, or powder but when it comes to the ones you use onto your eyes or the brushes that you’re using for different shades, you should clean them in between each and every use.
While we’re still talking about time periods and durations, there’s one thing you should never forget.
Beauty Products & Cosmetics have an expiration date as well
According to current studies, expired beauty products can lead to gastrointestinal infections, blood poisoning and skin diseases. So no matter how much you love that one of a kind lipstick or mascara, if its expiration date is over, just throw it away for good.
Look for this:
Don’t forget to look for signs that it's time to replace your brushes.
As soon as you notice that your brushes aren’t getting as squeaky clean as they once were, they have changed their initial colour (by significantly discolouring) or have become smelly, it’s about time to replace them.
As a general rule, every three months you should buy a new brush or sponge to replace the old one.
After all, at least you will have yet another good excuse for a little shopping spree.
PS:21 days is all it takes to form a habit, so once cleaning your makeup tools becomes a part of your beauty routine, you’ll always have germ-free brushes and flawless makeup.
Okay now you know why and you know when but what about How to clean your makeup tools - just keep on reading to find out.
How to clean your makeup brushes and sponges?
Well, of course, that there is some expensive stuff on the market already. After all, the beauty industry is constantly developing and keeps on adding new innovation almost every day but still, let’s put your wallet and credit card aside and show you how to take care of your makeup with some DIY cleaners (which are nowhere near less efficient).
A simple mix of water and a few drops of unscented, basic (or Castile) soap (or baby shampoo) is the easiest homemade cleanser for all of your makeup brushes. If you’re dealing with a beauty mess (with a lot of residual product), simply add a few drops of olive oil to help break down any stubborn grime.
Rinse your makeup tools under a cold tap until all the soap has gone.
Then Let the brushes or the sponges dry flat and remember not to leave them soaking in water for more than a couple of minutes. This may damage the glue and cause your brushes to shed.
In addition, you can use a disinfecting mist for an extra boost of cleanliness in between uses.
All you have to do is to mix 4 ounces of witch hazel extract with 12 drops of grapefruit (or tea tree, or lavender) essential oil in a glass spray bottle. Spray the solution directly onto your brushes, and then wipe them using a clean cloth or paper towel.
In addition to having clean, uplifting scents, grapefruit, lavender and tea tree essential oils also have antimicrobial properties, which will help keep your brushes disinfected.
The witch hazel extract, on the other hand, has a minor alcohol content, which is the secret to the flawless finish.
Pro Tip: Do not use essential oils with a truly powerful scent that could potentially irritate your eyes (e.g. peppermint).
If you prefer less water and more rubbing, simply brush your makeup tools directly onto the soapbar of delicate, unscented soap, until they’re completely clean and then rinse with cold water.
Another common, household cleaner that you may use is your dishwashing soap.
After all, those soaps are designed to remove any sort of tough oils and grease—the exact byproduct you’re hoping to wipe off when you clean your beauty tools.
Makeup sponges are a bit harderer to clean than the brushes, so you can soak them in warm water for a few minutes, then rinse them with cold water, dab on a paper towel and repeat. Lastly, place them in the microwave for a few seconds to get rid of all possible bacteria.
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