During these trying times in our society hygiene is of the utmost importance. To protect yourself it’s best to make sure that you keep your environment and the items that you use on a daily basis sanitary, this includes your makeup brushes.
According to one survey by Huffington Post, only 61 percent of women are cleaning their makeup brushes once a month, 39 percent of women clean their makeup brushes less than that, and 22 percent of women don’t clean them at all.“How to Really Clean Your Makeup Brushes” by Kelli Sprunt, PhoneSoap.com
Bacteria Can Survive in Makeup
While commonly overlooked, dirty makeup brushes are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and E-coli are commonly found on makeup brushes. The bacteria builds up from daily usage. As the brushes are applied to the face trace amounts of dirt and debris can be trapped within the bristles of the brush. The result of this bacterial build up can cause acne, irritation, eye infections, and even viral infections if left unchecked.
How to Wash Your Brushes
Experts recommend washing makeup brushes approximately once a week. The cleansing should be a habitual process to the optimize the lifespan of the brush, as well as the color pay-off from applications.
Instyle’s article, “Can COVID-19 Live on Your Beauty Products?“, advises about the potential threat of Corona virus and makeup brush cleaning
“Wash makeup brushes and sponges regularly. Do not double-dip applicators into makeup after it has touched your skin,” dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, MD, suggests. Also, wiping down your makeup bag and any products that were used outside your home, like lip gloss and mascara is a good idea.https://www.instyle.com/beauty/sanitizing-beauty-products-coronavirus
Makeup brushes can be cleansed using alcohol, soap, or a gentle shampoo lathered in warm water. Once you have washed through the brush thoroughly you must allow the bristles to dry. Draining the brush using a clean towel directing the water away from the handle helps the brush to dry. It’s important to drain the excess liquid away from the brush handle, otherwise it will seem into the brush causing it wear and potentially retaining bacteria at the base of the bristles.
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