My old friend acne showed up with friends last week. I was doing so well too. I was being proactive (I am not talking about the product) with my wash, exfoliate, extract, tone, routine but still there it was, planted like a beacon on both my left and right cheeks, a pimple.
Since I have been wearing makeup more often now, I figured the culprit had to be the brushes that I have been using on my face. It certainly couldn’t be the products because as frugal as I am, I put out good money for cosmetics that are non-comedogenic and therefore will not clog my pores and subsequently aggravate my acne.
Yep, I am one of the guilty who forgets that routine cleaning of our makeup brushes is just practicing good hygiene. Regular cleanings ensures that our brushes are free of dirt, product and in my case cat hair (you guys just don’t know…) and of course safe from bacteria.
I discovered that there are actually a number of products available that you can buy to clean your brushes. A quick search of “makeup brush cleaner” on google came back with Ulta’s Professional Brush & Sponge Cleaner ($3.50); Sephora’s Daily Brush Cleaner ($6.50); and M-A-C Brush Cleaner ($14.00) which “cleans, disinfects and condition the brush fibers so that the brushes will last longer”. Maybe if you are a makeup artist, the MAC product would be a worthy investment. If I have to buy one though, I think I would go for the Ulta. $3.50 sounds like a reasonable price for a cleaner, however, a warm bath in water, vinegar (disinfecting agent) and a drop of mild shampoo (conditioning agent) works just as good.
Don’t forget to rinse the brushes clean after you remove them from the solution. Once the brushes get wet they will fan out so mold/smooth the bristles back into shape before laying them flat on a paper towel to dry.
I was discussing this post today with one of my co-workers (she seriously and really needs to have her own blog). Apparently immersing the entire brush in solution of water is not advisable. Once the water gets under the ferrule (that’s the metallic band that you see above the bristles) it loosens the glue and therefore also the bristles. Her advice was that next time, if my brushes survive, and so far it looks like they did, to swirl them around in the shampoo and vinegar solution, in my hand and then rinse the bristles under a facet. She also recommended this sigma brush dryer which shortens the time period for drying.
Have yourself a beautiful Tuesday!
Photocredit: I took these photos!