Wondering why your flawless skin is all of a sudden breaking out!? Well, if you’re doing everything else right — then your makeup brushes might be the culprit.
According to Vogue.com, Manhattan dermatologist Julie Karen, M.D. confirms that:
“Makeup brushes can accumulate bacteria, dust, and dirt, all of which permit the growth of further bacteria, which can aggravate underlying skin conditions like acne.”
Gels and creams left on bristles can contaminate your makeup the next time you use it.
“Especially with concealers and eyeliners—anything where there is moisture involved—you’re providing a sticky, wet environment,” Karen said. “You’re inviting the bacteria.”
Karen suggests to cleanse your brushes once a week. I say twice a month. But then again, I’m not the dermatologist. So, the ball is in your court basically.
In order to steer clear of all that yuckiness, I’ve developed a simple 5-step plan to thoroughly cleanse any and all makeup brushes. For today’s example, I’m going to clean my most used and abused mineral foundation brush.
Can you tell which one is doused in foundation on the (somtimes twice) daily. Yeah, that ratty orange-yellow hairy thing. That’s right, I put that thing on my face.
First Rinse your brush off with warm water. Work in the wetness making sure you get in the middle of the brush. Yes, I see the faucet. We’re all grownups here.
Next Spread and fan out the bristles so your makeup brush looks like a Dr. Seuss character. Squeeze (or pump, whatever your style is) a dime-sized amount of face wash into the core of the brush.
Tres Work the face wash into the brush by rubbing it in.
No Like really, rub it in.
If your sink doesn’t look like the packet of whatever Kraft macaroni and cheese sauce is (ew), then either good for you for not having to wear excessive cover up or… you’re not rubbing hard enough! Don’t be a wimp.
Follow up with a refreshing rinse. When the water runs clear, you may proceed to the next step.
Fan out and shape the tip of your brush to mimic what it usually looks like when it’s dry.
Finally Allow your brush to dry over night. If it’s still damp in the morning, give it a quick blow dry. Or, feel free to go naked face for the day!
Ahh… life is grand again and all is good in the world. Wake up to a beautiful, fluffy, wispy-as-a-feather brush! The gentleness of the bristles makes it feel brand new! Keep in mind that you can use the same regimen for your entire arsenal of makeup brushes. Your pores will thank you.
Now that you know all about makeup brush maintenance, what else are you interested in learning about? Vegan hair dye, homemade air fresheners, vinegar remedies!? You name it, I’ll take care of it. Share your curiousness in a comment or feel free to tweet me @GetVeg!