The backbone to skincare may be a powerful moisturizer but the backbone to every makeup routine is their brushes. Brushes are used to apply everything from eyeshadow to blush and foundation and while they may look clean to the naked eye, bacteria and dirt can build up in as little as a few weeks.
To keep your skin healthy, you need to make sure that everything that comes in direct contact with it is safe and clean. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping brushes clean and skin healthy and safe.
Wash Your Brushes Monthly
If you’re letting makeup and residue sit on our brushes for more than 4 weeks, you’re not only damaging your skin but the brushes too. Since makeup brushes don’t come cheap, chances are you’re wasting lots of $$$ on replacing brushes that have been ruined.
Washing your brushes is simple and can be done with whatever shampoo you use on your hair. Just wet brush, later with shampoo, rinse and let dry. This will remove any bacteria, leftover makeup, or any germs you don’t want transferring to your face.
Store Them Properly
Your bathroom counter contains millions of germs and if you’re leaving your makeup brushes out, chances are those germs will get transferred directly to your skin on your next application.
The best place to store brushes is upright inside a cupboard or vanity. This will help protect your brushes from dirt and bacteria from the counters and help them last longer. It will also help them keep their shape and protect them from any humidity from your bathroom.
Toss Them When They’re Read
There is only so much you can do to keep your brushes clean and important thing to remember is when it’s time to part ways. No matter how many times you wash your brush, they are not meant to live forever.
The average lifespan for a makeup brush can be between 1-3 years depending on how well you take care of it. Despite that, it’s easy to tell that it’s time to toss the brush if the bristles are falling off or it’s still stained from makeup after a thorough clean. There is no need to hold on to a brush for dear life, it’s likely hurting your skin!