A skincare expert on how to properly clean your makeup brushes

Get scrubbin’.

There are two types of people in the world: those who clean makeup brushes or those who don’t know how to do it properly and just watch as makeup gets on their brushes. If truth be told, I am the latter.

We’ve learned this year how important it is for us to invest in skincare. We know to wash our face twice daily, sunscreen to protect our skin and moisturize in winter. My friends, I have bad news. If we don’t clean out our makeup brushes, this routine becomes almost redundant. Dermatologists have shown that bacteria can be found in makeup brushes, leading to more irritation, congestion, and breakouts.

This alarming information made me speak with Dr Deborah Lee, a dermatologist and skincare expert, about how often to clean makeup brushes, sponges, and blenders. She even gave us a breakdown of the brush cleansing process that we should follow for laypeople.

How often should we clean our beauty tools?

Do you remember the gross buildup of bacteria that we talked about earlier? It won’t go away by itself; you must cleanse your entire face with all the tools you use.

Makeup brushes made with dry powders should only be washed once to twice per week. They recommend that brushes be washed every day if they are used with liquid foundation. Dr Lee also recommends washing makeup sponges every day.

Dr Lee reminds us that if you find the idea of washing your face every week too tedious, it is either the latter or a lifetime of skin problems.

Stiff bristles can cause micro-abrasions on the skin that allow bacteria to penetrate the deeper layers. Trauma to the skin can cause inflammation and oxidative stress. This can be detrimental to skin health.

“Makeup brushes are cited as a possible reservoir of infection for the dangerous, contagious, superbug – methicillin-resistant staphylococcus (MRSA). This bacteria can cause a variety of skin conditions as well as other systemic diseases. It can cause erysipelas and cellulitis as well as impetigo, skin folliculitis, and skin carbuncles,” she says.

Regular cleansing can not only save your skin but also ensure a flawless application. If you aren’t getting the value for your money, why spend on top-quality makeup brushes?

“If your makeup brushes are not washed, they will gradually become clogged with dead skin cells, dry clumps of makeup, dirt, and grime. It makes foundation application difficult. Dr Lee says that you end up trying to put it on thicker, which is costly and inefficient.

How often should our makeup brushes be replaced?

Your beauty tools can last for years if you take care of them. When the bristles or sponges start to fall apart, it’s time for you to say goodbye. Dr Lee advises on durable makeup brushes.

Buy high-quality brushes. They should feel soft in your hand and not stiff. You should make sure you don’t see bristles coming out. This indicates poor quality.

“Natural bristles have a superior ability to retain colour pigments than synthetic. These bristles are made from animal products and may not be appreciated by animal lovers. It is important to have high-quality makeup brushes if you want flawless makeup.

Let’s break it down

You are lucky to know that there are five easy steps to getting good makeup brushes.

  1. Select the right sterilising makeup brushes cleanser.
  2. To wet the brush with lukewarm, run it under the water tap. The glue will be damaged if the bristles are not properly attached to the handle of the brush. Concentrate on cleaning the brush’s end.
  3. Use a cleanser to clean the brush. Press the bristles in your palm with circular motions, and you will get a nice lather. If you prefer, you can also use a brush cleaner mat. To get rid of any grime and suds, rinse the bristles under running water.
  4. To get rid of excess water, squeeze the bristles between your thumb and finger.
  5. To dry the brush, lay it on a kitchen towel overnight.

These tips will help you get started if you are unsure of how to clean your brushes. You’re ready to get rid of those musty brushes that you have been collecting since 2009.

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