When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes?
What about your beauty blender?
How about your other tools like your eyelash curler?
As a skin care therapist, one of the biggest skin care concerns I get is about breakouts. The first thing I ask clients is about their home skin care routine. If they wear makeup, how often and when the last time they cleaned their brushes, tools and sponges.
Guess what? The most common answer is "I can't remember".
As a professional skin care therapist I have to be honest. You can clean your face all you want but if you're going to apply your makeup with dirty brushes and sponges, which by the way harbour a ton of bacteria and mold. You're just asking to wreak havoc on your skin. Plugged pores, oily skin, breakouts, acne can all be due to using dirty and unsanitary tools.
I want you to have the best skin possible. To do that we need to start with the basics.
Let's get started.
Gather everything you use to apply makeup on your skin. Your brushes, sponges, and tools like eyelash curler.
You will need a couple of bowls, clean towels and any of the following.
1. Mild, gentle liquid soap or Baby shampoo
2. Brush and blender liquid cleansing soap
3. Solid brush cleanser
Here I've used all 3 just to show you the difference. All do the same thing some may work a little better and some are just more convenient than others.
For my larger brushes I just used a mild liquid soap. Rinse your brushes first in warm water to get a lot of the product off. I just used my container that I store my brushes in and filled it with some mild method soap and warm water.
Make sure to add brushes only to where the bristles meet the handle. Super important not to fill past where the brush tip is glued. If you soak your brushes past this point, over time they will damage your brushes as the glue loosens and your brushes will fall apart. You may have to soak your brushes for a bit depending on how dirty they are.
Look how dirty this water was.....
Keep using clean water and more soap every so often till water runs clear.
For my smaller brushes I used my gentle coconut cleansing balm. It is a solid brush cleanser. I love this for when I'm travelling. Wet your brush and swirl into the balm. Rinse, re shape brushes and lay flat to dry.
Rinse, re shape brushes and lay flat to dry.
For my beauty blenders, sponges. I use a liquid soap made specifically for these. Wet your beauty blender/sponge and distribute cleanser over sponge. Lightly squeeze and work into a lather for stubborn stains I poured a small amount into container and let them soak.
Rinse. Lather. Repeat until sponges come clean. Squeeze out water and let them air dry on a clean towel. Look how clean these got.
You should be cleaning your brushes, sponges and tools after each use but I know that most people can't be bothered so if you can at least do it weekly it's a step in the right direction. And a step to great skin.
When was the last time you cleaned these tools? I bet some people have never cleaned these ever.
Wash those brushes and tools and see what a difference it makes onto your skin. Your skin will breathe better and honestly your makeup will apply better. Now go and clean the brushes dolls!!!!!
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