It’s great that you have those high-quality makeup brushes on the ready for your daily routine, but when was the last time you cleaned them? Regularly cleaning your beauty tools not only extends the life of these products (great when you’ve invested in high-quality brushes!), but it’s also important for good skin care.
Think about it – you wash everything else regularly: your towel, washcloth, and last but not least your face. Why is that? For good hygiene and to keep the bacteria to a minimum. So why wouldn’t you wash your brushes? They collect not only bits of makeup, but also pick up bits of dead skin, bacteria, and oil from your face. That may lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
Cleaning them regularly also can help your brushes stay nice and soft. Makeup build-up contributes to making brushes grow scratchy over time. If you have sensitive skin this can lead to irritation.
How often should you wash them?
Probably about once a week is good enough (we know you are busy!) If you wash them at night and leave them to dry overnight, they should be ready to go in the morning. Just make sure they are fully dry – you don’t want to add more bacteria or let them grow mold.
How to wash your brushes
It’s very easy to wash your brushes – all you need is a bit of gentle soap. Some beauty experts love to use baby soap, while others use a bar of a white, unscented soap. You can find both at most stores.
To start, get the brush wet. Be careful not to overly saturate the handle and the joining area – you don’t want to risk loosening the glue that holds the bristles in place. Rinse the brush under lukewarm water, the faucet is fine for this task.
After the brush is wet, put a bit of the baby soap in your hand or hold the bar, and gently swirl the brush into the soap until it creates lather. Keep swirling it until you feel like all the makeup and dirt has been swirled away in the soap and is no longer trapped in the bristles. Rinse thoroughly under lukewarm water to make sure all the soap is out.
Once the brush is clean, gently squeeze out any excess water from the brush by pinching it between your thumb and forefinger and gently squeezing it out towards the bottom of the brush, like you would squeeze a tube of toothpaste. If the water coming out still looks dirty, try repeating the process until it is clear. Use a paper towel or cloth to dry off the bristles and reshape them as you go.
Tips for best results
Don’t forget the handle! Dirt can easily transfer to the handle so you want to also wipe that down periodically. Put a little bit of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel or cloth and gentle wipe down the handle.
Let your brushes dry flat overnight, while your bio-clock repair mechanisms are working to rejuvenate your skin! By the time they are dry, you’ll be ready to start your day feeling refreshed.