Is Bacteria a Part of Your Beauty Routine?

If you’re anything like me, your makeup brushes get used at least once everyday and get cleaned every couple of weeks…if you’re lucky.  How often should your brushes get cleaned? Once a month? Twice a month? Try once a week.

I don’t know about you, but how often I clean mine doesn’t even come close to that. It seems gross when you think about it, but it’s something that’s easily overlooked–hurry up and put your makeup on before rushing out the door.  Who has time to think about washing your brushes?

I washed mine today and it only took about 5 minutes to clean 4 brushes.  Its disgusting surprising how much make-up washes off each brush.  It’s gross to think about how much bacteria is living on your brush that you rub all over your face every morning. It’s incentive to clean them more often, that’s for sure.  It’s quick, easy to do, and it’s good for your skin.

I use Bare Escentuals’ “Well-Cared for Brush Conditioning Shampoo” ($14) but there are lots of other brush shampoos available.  Not only do most makeup brands have their own versions of cleansers, but there are also plenty of DIY recipes like this one that can be found online. Some websites also suggest mild hand soap or baby shampoo work just as well as store-bought cleansers.

Whatever you use just make sure to always face the bristles down as to not damage the brush.  I recommend washing them in the morning so they have all day and night to dry before you need to use them again.  After you’re done just lay them flat on a paper towel and they’ll be dry, and ready to use in no time!

~J

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One Response to Is Bacteria a Part of Your Beauty Routine?

  1. Make sure you clean the caps too! They can harvest just as much bacteria.

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