- Dirty Makeup Brushes and sponges can gross things happen to people. Just as you are keen on washing your face regularly (hopefully), your makeup apparatus should receive the same attention.
- All of your holy grail skincare products mean nothing if you’re going to slap makeup on your face with brushes hoarding weeks’ worth of foundation and eyeshadow.
- The recurring breakouts may have those dirty makeup brushes and sponges to blame.
- Considering most women dirt-free their brushes less than once a month, you’re not alone if this hypothetical hits a slight too close to home.
- Not cleaning your tools is the ultimate offence you don’t want to add to the list of mistakes you’re making with your makeup brushes.
Gross Problems and Solutions Of Dirty Makeup Brushes
- Are you still feeling unmotivated to give your grimy tools the five-star management?
- These gross things that happen when you overlook your makeup brushes and beauty blenders will light a fire under your tush.
1. Bacteria Buildup
- It’s simple. When you don’t clean your brushes, they can accumulate bacteria, dust, and dirt.
- Artis Brush Founder and MAC Senior Executive Matthew Waitesmith tell us that you reapply the microbes that live on your skin each time you use your dirty makeup brushes.
- “The troubles can come when the brush you are using provides a moist, warm environment and becomes a petri dish that helps the microbes raise faster in the hairs of the brush,” says Whitesmith.
- These microorganisms colonies can then get out of hand.
- Allowing unclean brushes to become a breeding basis for bacteria sounds pretty blech to me.
- If that’s not enough to make you clean your tools, there are grosser things to come.
- IMO, the most significant thing to take away from this lecture is that dirty brushes can lead to breakouts.
- Remember that brushes becoming a petri dish scenario we just discussed?
- Swiping dirt and bacteria-infested brush all over your face can cause an overload of microbes that your skin to handling.
- According to Waitesmith, “That can trigger the skin to try and control the overloaded layer by reacting to it with a rash, or blistering, or skin eruptions.”
- Yes, friends, that means breakouts galore!
- If you notice bumps popping up in similar spots that you use your brushes and sponges, it’s time to reevaluate your cleanliness.
3. Skin Irritation
- Our skin reacts to oil and dirt buildup in many ways.
- Just as overwork of bacteria can trigger breakouts, it can cause your skin to become irritated.
- Cleaning your brushes will also keep your meeting soft, so you won’t have to go to the city on your face when applying your makeup.
- The gunkier your brush gets, the stiffer the bristles become.
- It shouldn’t feel like you’re scraping the face with a brillo pad when applying your makeup.
- Weeks old makeup that’s been settling in dirty brushes and sponges can block your pores and oil glands.
- And, as you probably know, blocked pores may lead to breakouts.
- Your brushes go uncleaned, spreading dirt from your face, into your makeup, and back to your face again.
- Makeup brushes and sponges are a good investment.
- Nothing is more repulsive than throwing your money down the drain when you don’t take care of your tools.
- According to Waitesmith, “The hairs are more horizontal to clumping together or losing their figure because of the accumulation of excess makeup, dirt, or other debris.”
- Guard your investment by cleaning them at least once a week.
- We suggest using brush cleansers that don’t substitute sanitiser for alcohol, an ingredient that can break down animal hairs and won’t disinfect synthetic fibres enough.