The right skin care routine and makeup can do wonders for our complexion. And, we all want to look our best. Unfortunately, when our beauty tools are dirty, the results are often not what we’d prefer. As bacteria and dirt accumulate in your tools, it can cause everything from blemishes and skin rash to infections.
Purchasing new tools every time your old ones get dirty is an option – a very pricey option. For the rest of us, here’s a guide to keeping your tools clean, so we can keep putting our best faces forward.
Start by wetting your brushes with cool, clean water. As much as possible, just wet the bristles. This will help keep the handle from breaking down. Rub a small drop of gentle shampoo into the palm of your hand. Rub the brush through the shampoo in gentle motions.
Rinse it with plain water, trying to keep the handle as dry as possible. Gently pat the bristles dry and lay flat on a clean, dry towel to dry.
Eyelash curlers tend to be one of the most common conduits bacteria getting into your eye. However, we often don’t think to clean them. At a minimum, you will want to clean your curler once a week. If you have particularly sensitive eyes or have recently recovered from an eye infection, you will want to clean it daily.
Luckily, it is pretty easy. Wet a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Wide the curler thoroughly, being careful not to touch the parts you have now cleaned. Rinse with clean, cool water. Allow to dry on a clean, dry towel.
Tweezers are another commonly overlooked makeup tool that can actually carries a substantial amount of bacteria. This is simply because of the kind of jobs tweezers are often used to perform.
Cleaning is relatively easy. Use antibacterial hand soap and warm water to wash your tweezers like you would a dirty dish. Then, drip the tips in rubbing alcohol and allow to dry on a clean, dry towel.
Curlers & Flat Irons
With each use, hair products built-up on your curling iron and flat iron. Even if you don’t use hairspray, residue from your shampoo and conditioner, natural oils from your skin, and any bacteria that is collected on your hair and scalp can get transferred to your curling iron and flat iron.
To clean, unplug your appliances and make sure they are completely cool. Wet a cotton pad with rubbing alcohol and wipe it down. Wipe it clean with a cool, damp cloth. Place on a dry, clean towel.
Like a regular pencil, your eyeliner, eyebrow liner, and lip liner need to be sharpened. However, each of these tools also come into contact with bodily fluids each time you use them. When you sharpen them, the fluids are transferred to the sharpener. To keep your tools clean, you should clean your sharpener after each use.
All that is needed is an old toothbrush and rubbing alcohol. Drip the sharpened into the alcohol and scrub the sharpener. Rinse with cool water and allow to dry.
Let us just get this out of the way. You are going to need to replace your loofah. It is just the way of things. However, you don’t need to replace it every day.
After each use, you want to rinse it clean and shake it to remove as much moisture as possible. Then allow it to air dry thoroughly. You can also toss your loofah in the washing machine with your bath towels.
Ultrasonic Facial Brushes
Yes, you use a cleaner with your ultrasonic facial brush. But you use soap in the shower too, and that also needs to be cleaned regularly. Your brush can get a buildup of bacteria, which can then be transferred to your skin.
To clean your brush, remove the brush head. Using a few drops of antibacterial soap, scrub between the bristles. Rinse with warm water and place on a clean, dry cloth to air dry. Allow to dry completely before reassembling.
Final Note: As with your loofa, nothing lasts forever. Over time, all of your beauty tools will need to be replaced. Pay attention to when you are no longer able to clean them or rid them off unwanted grime.