How often do you clean your brushes, beauty puffs or even your makeup bag? Monthly, yearly, never? Well, turns out that about 40 per cent of women use their favourite makeup products on their faces every day—but the same can’t be said for how frequently they clean them.
According to dermatologists, bacteria including E.coli and Staphylococci thrive in more than nine out of ten of our daily beauty products, with mascara, beauty blenders, and lip gloss as the worst culprits. These can have serious effects on your skin such as acne, pimples and breakouts. So, if your makeup bag is caked in concealer and you can’t quite remember how long that foundation’s been rolling around in your purse, it may be time to introduce a cleanser to your routine.
Ways to keep your Makeup products clean
Clean your brushes regularly
Cleaning your makeup brushes doesn’t take long but the harm they can cause if not cleaned can take very long to heal. Make a habit of cleaning your makeup brushes every week.
Fill a bowl with clean water. Add in some baby shampoo and mix the water. First, clean the brushes with tap water and then put them inside the bowl of shampoo mixture. Leave your brushes in the bowl for a few hours. Take them out after a while and clean with some tap water again. Leave them to dry so that you can use them again.
Call it Quits on Dry Mascara
Mascara is that one product which almost every woman applies at least twice a week. It is far more popular than an eyeliner but do you know that your mascara doesn’t live for more than three months.
Pumping that last little bit of product pushes more air into the tube, creating a dry and dark breeding ground for germs (that you’re, then, repeatedly putting on your eye). Throw away your mascara bottle after three months of using it.
Wipe your lips before you reapply your lipstick
It’s a common habit for many women to reapply their lipstick after they have had food or if they notice any smudges. However, while this might seem harmless, the lipstick you apply gets mixed with all the food particles from your lips and settles down in the lipstick left. This then encourages the growth of bacteria. Just to avoid that, make sure you wipe off your lips properly and clean them with a remover or wet wipe before you reapply your lipstick.
Use separate brushes for different tasks
Experts always recommend using separate brushes for different tasks. For example, it’s not advised to use a highlighter brush for putting on both highlighter and blush-on.
Similarly, if you have different palettes of eye shadows, you should use separate brushes for each palette to avoid bacteria from one palette to get into the other.
Although, this is the right thing to do it can be highly expensive to buy so many brushes when you now have multitasking brushes available to do a cost-effective job. If you own multi-tasking brushes, then make sure to be careful with them when it comes to cleaning. Try to clean them before you switch products or you can use your clean fingers to do your job as well.
Clean Your Makeup Bag
Cleaning every makeup product you have is pointless if you’re putting them into a bacteria-laden tote. Make sure to clean your bag once every month to keep away any bacteria and germs.