Brushing Up: Why You Need To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

brushesThey say cleanliness is next to godliness. This is especially true for your face. Ridding your skin of its daily dirt is somewhat of a non-negotiable. Most of us suds up once or twice a day, knowing regular cleansing helps ward off pesky breakouts, combat premature aging, and keep infections at bay. But for all the time we spend at the sink for our faces, we often overlook the tools that touch them. Specifically: makeup brushes.

Each and every time you apply makeup, your brushes accumulate dirt, oil and grime, in addition to makeup residue and dead skin cells. They become a hot zone for all sorts of bacteria. Clean brushes will not only prevent spreading ghastly bacteria (which could end up in infections, and breakouts) but they will also improve the application of your makeup.

Don’t pull out the Hazmat suit just yet, a weekly wash, in addition to some between use spritzes will keep your tools (and your face) clean as a whistle.

Weekly Brush Wash

Step 1:

Hold your brush, pointing downward and rinse with lukewarm water. Be careful not to get water in the base (usually where the metal is) as this can break down the glue that keeps the bristles attached.

Step 2: 

Use your fingers and gently rub a mild facial cleanser or baby shampoo into the hairs of the brush. Massage cleanser downward from the base to the tip. Hold your brush under the faucet briefly, then squeeze out excess water. Repeat this until the water runs clear.

Step 3:

Blot dry with a hand towel, or paper towels. Reshape, then lay brush flat. Allow bristles to dry completely before using again.

In between uses try an anti-bacterial spray like The Pro Hygiene Collection Makeup Brush Cleanser by The Pro Makeup Collection. A couple quick sprays after use will kill any lingering bacteria.

For keeping your other tools (tweezers, eyelash curlers, etc.) clean, try The Pro Hygiene Collection Makeup Anti Bacterial Spray.

Your face will thank you.– China Moss


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