You probably know that makeup brushes get dirty as you use them and need to be cleaned regularly. But did you also know that makeup brushes are as dirty as toilet seats? A team of skin experts discovered this after analyzing several brushes for bacteria and fungi. The results were shocking and showed that they could cause nasty infections.
Eye Makeup Brushes
The results showed that eye shadow brushes were heavily contaminated. If these brushes are not cleaned, they can cause eye infections, discoloration of the whites of the eyes, itching, and irritation. This is not only unsanitary, but eye infections are very contagious. Therefore, it is not advisable to lend brushes or makeup tools to the eye area.
Brushes that apply color to the face are not very clean. For example, blush brushes have a very high level of infection because they are in direct contact with the skin. As a result, pores become clogged, collagen breaks down faster, and skin ages more quickly.
Beauty blenders are synthetic sponges used to apply makeup products such as concealers, contouring sticks, powders, and foundations evenly on the skin. Therefore, the sponge is in constant contact with the hands and skin. If this sponge is misused, fungi and bacteria can grow and harm the skin.
In a microbiological study conducted in the UK, 467 makeup products in five categories were examined for bacteria. Beauty blenders were found to contain an average of 10 6 CFU* per ml. Mold also appears to be more prevalent in sponges: over 93% of the beauty blenders had not been cleaned, and 64% had fallen to the floor and were still in use.
In addition, storage in humid areas such as bathrooms may affect the number of bacteria. In a warm, moist environment, bacteria grow twice as fast! Therefore, it is recommended that sponges be changed every 3-6 months, regardless of regular cleaning.
* CFU = germ count or colony-forming units is the number of live bacteria on a surface.
How Often Should You Clean Makeup Brushes?
For professional use, brushes need to be cleaned daily. If there are multiple models, they may need to be cleaned multiple times a day. This is necessary to prevent eye infections and nicks. Additionally, the brushes should be soft and smell fresh. Of course, for home use, the brushes do not need to be cleaned that often.
All brushes used for oil-based makeup should be cleaned with mild soap and water. Dishwashing detergent is used for stubborn pigments. Brush cleaners and shampoos are suitable for cleaning brushes that handle dust.
How Do You Clean Them?
Gently, of course! Taking care of the materials will help your brushes last longer. Use shampoo, alcohol, brush cleaner, and soft soap. Once the brushes are clean, let them dry naturally. This way they maintain their shape best. If you don’t have the patience to do so, you can blow dry them.
How Long Does a Brush Last?
It depends on the brand and maintenance. Good quality synthetic brushes last even longer and are animal friendly. The quality of today’s synthetic brushes rivals that of animal hair. Furthermore, there is no difference between washing synthetic and animal hair brushes.
How to Store Your Makeup Brushes?
The way you store your makeup brushes is essential to ensure that you enjoy them for a long time. You should always keep your makeup brushes clean and store them in a separate container if possible. Brushes should not be exposed to direct sunlight and should be kept in a roll-up bag while traveling.
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