Are your makeup brushes overdue for a clean?
Experts recommend you should clean them at least twice a month.
Unwashed brushes harbour all kinds of nasties; bacteria, sweat, grime, dead skin cells and old makeup. These can all lead to a pimple break out. If pimples are a reoccurring problem for you, you should clean your brushes more frequently. An added bonus of cleaning your brushes more regularly is that your brushes will last longer. The constant build-up of makeup wears down a brush's bristles.
You can buy special products to clean your brushes but the easiest and cheapest way is to use things you probably already have around the house:
1) unscented soap (we recommend our scent-free soap )
Method - wet the brush, swirl around on the soap until all the bristles are soapy, rinse.
2) olive oil
Method - place bristles in olive oil until coated, massage until bristles are soft, rub on to a clean sponge to remove all the makeup. To get rid of excess oil wash brush in dishwashing detergent or shampoo then rinse.
3) apple cider vinegar and liquid dishwashing detergent
Method - mix 1T apple cider vinegar, 1/2 t dishwashing detergent and 1c water, soak brush in the mixture to break down gunk, rinse.
4) coconut oil, liquid dishwashing detergent and liquid hand soap
Method - mix 1T coconut oil, 1T dishwashing detergent and 1T liquid hand wash into a thick lather, swirl brush in paste until coated, squeeze out under a warm running tap.
Whichever way you decide to clean your brushes, you will need to air dry them after they have been rinsed. When air drying it is important to make sure the bristles are facing down. If the bristles are facing up the water will loosen the bristles where they are attached to the brush. If you have many brushes a good way is to use elastic bands to tie the brushes upside down on to a clothes hanger, that you can then hang up.
Once you have worked out which method is for you, mark in your calendar a twice-monthly brush clean. Your skin will notice the difference.