Let’s not be ashamed to admit it, we all have bad beauty habits. One of the most common things that get overlooked in a beauty enthusiasts routine is the cleaning of their brushes. We can’t not wash our face, or body, or clothes, so why is it so easy to forget or put off washing our make up brushes? It’s simple. We don’t realise the effects it can have if not done frequently. If left too long, too often, then it can have horrible effects that are bad for the skin and your make up doesn’t apply as well as you’d like.
Of course, we all know it’s important to clean our brushes, but it’s chore we all hate to do. The aftermath is amazing though, right? It’s vital to get rid of the bacteria that builds up in the bristles and deep in the brush so that it doesn’t cause break outs or acne. This bacteria can come from the build up of old make up and dead skin cells that collect over time. By making sure this doesn’t clog up in the bottom of your brushes you’re making sure that it doesn’t get applied onto your skin which can clog pours and cause spots and blemishes.
The effects of using overly dirty brushes and not washing them for a long period of time can have worse effects than not washing your face. By using dirty eye brushes you can contract pinkeye and if left untreated this can effect your vision if severe. Pinkeye, also known as conjunctivitis, is when the lining of your eye becomes infected or irritated and turns a reddish colour. It’s easy to get rid of and usually goes after 7-10 days without any medical treatment, but quicker if some is sought. Face brushes can cause infection, which can lead to break outs and abscesses. Again, they’re easily treatable, but life is a lot easier without them and both also effect the way you apply your make up and the finished look.
Cleaning your brushes just once a week will make a huge difference. You get better application because the bristles are softer and you’re able to apply the correct amount without worrying about extra from last week’s make up. I find that my make up always looks its best the day after cleaning my brushes. It makes me want to clean them every day, but I’d go through brush cleaner like no one’s business! If you’re prone to acne then I’d recommend doing it a bit more frequently, maybe every 4-5 days instead so the bacteria doesn’t have as much time to spread.
You may think “oh it’s fine, bit of water and they’ll be clean”, but that’s not the case. Brushes need to be cleaned effectively, and it’s so simple to do. Use a brush cleanser that is good for breaking down oils and loosen dirt; I use No.7’s Make Up Brush Cleanser. It works wonders and keeps by brushes so soft and keeps that ‘newness’ about them. It’s important to not submerge your brushes in a large amount of water for a long period of time as this can break down the glue that holds the bristles. It’s also important not to stand brushes upright when drying for the same reason. It’s more effective to lay your brushes flat or upside down if possible so that the water with any remaining grime can drip out.
I hope this helps and informs you about the importance of taking care of your brushes and how you can do this too. If you enjoy posts like this that are informative, please let me know of any subjects you’d like me to touch on.