5 Ways Taking Care of Your Makeup Brushes Can Save Your Skin
DIRTY MAKEUP BRUSHES CHANGE YOUR MAKEUP'S COLOUR
If you've been ignoring your brushes' plea for a good cleaning, you may actually be compromising the quality of your makeup. Besides a buildup of dirt and oils, pigments from the cosmetics you use also remain lodged between your brush bristles - as far down as the roots. Not only can this distort the colour of your products, it can actually shorten the lifespan of your brushes. Regularly washing and conditioning your makeup brushes is the only way to avoid this unwanted side effect.
MAKEUP BRUSHES CAKED WITH PRODUCT DON'T WORK!
It seems like overstating the obvious, but we'll say it anyway: makeup brushes that are caked with old product do not work! Natural, high-quality cosmetic brushes are an investment and, like any investment, we want them to last as long as possible. As Jane Iredale points out, regularly cleaning your makeup brushes can extend their use for years. Regular maintenance of your brushes will improve your brushes' performance, meaning your makeup will go on smoother without any unsightly "streaks". You'll also be avoiding creating minor scratches on the surface of your skin, caused by old, dried-up product.
MAKEUP BRUSHES COLLECT DEAD SKIN CELLSWe don't normally think of our makeup brushes as being a mild exfoliant, but they are. Using a cosmetic brush helps to loosen dead skin cells from the surface of your face, and washing that same brush regularly will eliminate the cells instead of allowing them to collect between the bristles. And that's a very good thing, since all those dead skin cells can irritate healthy living skin over time, leading to blemishes or other, more serious, conditions.
NEVER SHARE YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES!We each carry our own bacteria on our bodies and sometimes, while not harmful to us, that bacteria can be dangerous to others. From mild irritations (you borrow a girlfriend's brush and contract pink eye) to severe (you use a friend's brush on an open sore or pimple and contract a staph infection), bacterial spread is rarely ever pretty. If you or a friend insists on using the same brush, make sure you wash it thoroughly before and after use. This will keep both of you safe from infections, and your brush free of bacteria and other potentially unsafe bugs.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES
- Use warm rather than hot water. The latter can loosen the glue at the base of the brush that holds the bristles in place. Do not fully submerge brushes in water either, for the same reason.
- Squeeze a pea-sized amount of mild shampoo such as John Masters Organics Evening Primrose Shampoo into the palm of your hand. Or, try a gentle face cleanser such as Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser.
- Massage the cleanser into the hair of the brush and then rinse thoroughly under water, until the water runs clear. Repeat if necessary.
- Remove excess water by gently pulling the brush through your fingers.
- Lay the brush flat on a towel to dry. Never dry standing up as the water can run into the base of the brush and loosen the glue holding the brush in place.