Four Easy Ways To Keep Your Makeup Bacteria-free
We use our favourite makeup products on our faces almost every day. According to a study conducted by Aston University, superbugs including E.coli and Staphylococci have been found in more than nine out of ten of our daily beauty products, with mascara, beauty blenders, and lip gloss as the worst culprits. So, if your makeup bag is caked in concealer and you can’t quite remember how long that foundation’s been rolling around in your purse, it may be time to introduce a cleanser to your routine.
Sterilizing your products is paramount in order to stop the spread of bacteria, says skin expert Lisa Harris. “Whether it’s your makeup, brushes, or other beauty tools, it’s highly important to stop the build-up of dead skin cells and excess oil, as well as the spread of bacteria, as these are the main causes of blocked pores, acne, breakouts and dull-looking skin.”.
Below are four easy ways to keep bacteria away from your makeup.
1. Ditch dry mascaras
Pumping that last little bit of product pushes more air into the tube, creating a dry and dark breeding ground for germs that you are repeatedly putting on your eye. Always call it quits with a dry mascara if you want your makeup bacteria-free.
2. Separate your brushes
Multitasking brushes are a cost-effective way to streamline your make-up kit, but it’s also a quick way to distribute bacteria from one product or palette to the next. Try to clean them before switching products or use your clean fingers instead.
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3. Clean your brushes
There are specific steps you should be taking each time you clean your brushes. Below are the simple steps.
- Clean one brush at a time. Wet the end of the brush with warm water and add your cleanser.
- Massage the cleanser deep into the bristles and at the base.
- Rinse the cleanser from the brush until the water runs clear. If it’s a sponge, keep squeezing out the water and reapplying the cleanser until all of the product has been washed out.
- Squeeze out any excess moisture and lay on a flat surface and leave to air dry. Always make sure that all your tools are cleaned then dried thoroughly afterward.
- Don’t forget to clean the handle. Wipe it down with an antibacterial surface cleaner.
4.Clean your makeup bag
Cleaning every product in your makeup bag is pointless if you’re putting them into a bacteria-laden tote. Wash your makeup bag at least once a month to keep it clean.
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