Here is a very important reminder from Makeup.com about the importance of cleanliness and hygiene when it come to our beauty tools. It’s pretty easy to become attached to a certain makeup brush, or cuticle trimmer but sometimes it’s just time to say goodbye. Here is just a guideline as to when to keep it and clean it, and when it’s time to say toodle-oo.
Makeup Brushes: Your skin is your largest organ, and thus deserves respect. Something that you touch to your face every single day needs to be clean. I lightly clean my makeup brushes with a spritz of rubbing alcohol after each use, and give them a thorough cleaning with a brush shampoo weekly. Otherwise the consequences will be dire.
Toss brushes when they begin to shed excessively, or are becoming frayed or the bristles stick together as one.
Makeup Sponges: Similar to makeup brushes, makeup sponges need to be cleaned regularly as well, weekly at least. Again, I spritz with rubbing alcohol and squeeze under running water after each use but clean it with a brush cleanser once a week. The beautyblender cleanser is perfect for this, just place the wet sponge on the cleansers pedastel, push down and the cleanser is dispersed onto your sponge. Squeeze and rub until all product is out of your sponge (water runs clear from the sponge when you wet and squeeze it) and then leave it on the pedastel to dry! Voila!
Toss it when it starts to fall apart or after 3 months.
Eyelash Curler: If one thing should be clean- it’s anything that you stick next to your eyes! Your eyelash curler should be impeccably clean. That being said- the best thing you can do to prevent a dirty curler is to not curl your lashes after you apply mascara. Curl first, then apply your mascara. Or else the curler sticks to your lashes and pulls them out, and also makes your curler all grimy. Other than that, use a cotton pad spritzed with rubbing alcohol to swipe over your curler in between uses and replace the pads every 4-6 months, or when beginning to show wear.
Toss the curler once it no longer springs back open after releasing, or if it starts to pull out your lashes.
Makeup Bags: Thee bad boys can get cluttered and dirty quickly. Keep that under wraps by going through your bag once a month or so- you’ll likely find where all your lipsticks have run off to. Also this helps you keep tabs on broken makeup palettes, powders or spills that may have happened. Once again that rubbing alcohol is going to save the day! Use a cotton pad doused with rubbing alcohol and rub the interior of the bag, leave inside out to dry.
Toss once stained or smelly, or something more obvious happens such as a broken zipper. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Metal Tools: Metal tools should be cleaned after every use. Especially nail tools. Anything used to pluck, trim or puncture the skin in any way should be throughly cleaned before and after use. Sterilize your tools by boiling them for 20 minutes, and then letting them soak in rubbing alcohol for another 20 or so minutes.
Toss if rusted or corroding.
Razors: Again razors are placed directly on skin, and cuts and scrapes are a real possibility (especially if you are in a rush!) Make sure to rinse your blade after every use and alllow it to dry in a clean area. Don’t keep it on that shower ledge that’s always wet. That allows it to rust and gather bacteria. Replace your blade after every couple of uses. If it pulls your hair, or starts to give you razor burn, replace with a new, clean blade.
Hairbrushes: Remove hair from the bristles weekly at least, and give your brushes a good cleaning monthly. Boil them in water for 20 minutes or so and then lay them on a clean towel to dry completely.
Toss when bristles are damaged, falling out or beginning to pull or tangle your locks.
See a pattern here? Everything need to be dealt with pretty much weekly, so set aside a morning each week to clean and inspect your beauty tools. In the end it will be worth it! Your skin will thank you!