brushesinbathroomBreakouts. We all get them from time to time, and by now you know there are steps you can take to prevent them, like regularly tossing old makeup from your makeup bag. 

The bad news is bacteria is still lurking in the bathroom, and I’m not taking about the toilet bowl.

Bacteria also lives in your makeup brushes and sponges, so it is important to clean them regularly to prevent contaminating not only your makeup, but also your skin. I know this may seem impossible, especially if you use your brushes daily.  But, consider the alternative, it will save you a trip to the Dermatologist office down the road. Besides, keeping an extra set of brushes handy will make this job a snap!

How to clean those brushes the right way

There’s been a debate as to whether or not to use a professional brush cleanser or a simple, mild soap. I don’t have anything against using a brush cleanser personally, but, the ingredients may be harsh to those with sensitive skin and problem skin conditions. Mild soap and water or even baby shampoo can do the job just as well, while being gentler on the skin and of course, the wallet.

Whichever method you choose, it’s very important not to rush the cleansing process. Gently, work the cleanser or soap into the brushes and rinse well, until the water runs clear. Squeeze the remaining water gently from the brushes, pat dry and and allow them to dry overnight on a clean towel. You can clean your non-disposable makeup sponges the same way.

A Final Note

 

There will come a day when your brushes won’t “bounce back” after cleaning them. When the bristles begin to look tangled and gnarly, it will be time to put them to rest and replace them.

What do you use to clean your makeup brushes and tools? Do you prefer store bought solution or your own? Please comment below. Did you enjoy this post? There’s much more where it came from! Enter your name and email below and get our Clear Skin updates sent to your inbox weekly. Register today and get a copy of my Toxic-Free Beauty Shopping Guide as my personal “thank you”!