If you want to keep your skin healthy at no expense, the most basic thing you can do is learning how to clean your makeup and beauty tools appropriately. Not only practicing proper care of your beauty supplies is important from a health perspective, it will also save you from the recurring makeup mistakes that come from dirty beauty tools.
In fact, do you know how many bacteria live on a normal, healthy skin? If we told you the answer, you’ll probably freak out. Actually, you wouldn’t believe the amount of rubble that can accumulate on your makeup tools; from skin debris to traces of old beauty products, our makeup-applying kits tend to get dirty in no-time.
It is no secret that in the beauty community, keeping your brushes, sponges and other implements squeaky clean is a must. However, this important part of the makeup process tends to be forgotten by a large percentage of people, and for non-surprising reasons: laziness or just plain obliviousness.
If you want to avoid acne breakouts and the like, here are some easy tips you can follow to maintain your beauty tools fresh and in good shape.
Taking Care of Your Brushes
Just by cleaning our synthetic or natural-bristle makeup brushes, you can already prevent many skin conditions such as rashes, pimples and blackheads. Here are some pointers on how to keep them good as new.
Start by cleaning your brushes with soap and water once a week.You can also disinfect them with an alcohol-based spray once a week. Make sure to spray both sides if your brush is flat. When you’re done, finish by wiping your tools carefully with a clean cloth.
Once a month, try using a drop of facial soap or baby shampoo to clean your brushes. Afterward, rinse them in a bowl in warm water. Don’t submerge the area where the head of the bristles meet the handle or you’ll damage them. Finally dry with a cloth, and let your brushes air dry completely before storing them again.
Cleaning Your Sponges and Other Sponge-Like Beauty Blenders
It’s important to regularly clean your makeup sponges and applicators to prevent the proliferation of bacteria and fungus, which usually cause nasty breakouts. Follow these three steps carefully to maintain them germ-free at all times:
- Submerge your sponge or applicator underwater, and rub them with a bar of soap to remove all excess makeup and bacteria.
- After you squeeze out the excess water, scrub your applicators to continue removing dirt and makeup leftovers. Rise and repeat.
- Let your sponges air-dry before storing them.
What About Tweezers?
Always clean your tweezers to avoid pimples and ingrown hairs. Use a cloth soaked in alcohol to rub the tips after EVERY USE. This is also a great way to prevent bacterial infections.
Keep Your Beauty Tools in a Specific Place
Keeping your beauty tools in a sealed off spot like a medicine cabinet, or a generic makeup kit will prevent air-borne bacteria from soiling your tools. Also, avoid leaving your brushes and other implements above your bathroom furniture. Similarly, minimize the use of your sponges and other implements at your car or on public transit for the same reason is a good idea.