Any beauty expert will tell you — knowing how to clean your brushes is the key to having clear, glowing skin and lustrous hair. That’s right – using your beauty products correctly isn’t all you have to do to get the most out of your routine.
The tools we use on a regular basis to keep ourselves groomed — like our hair brushes and makeup applicators — need to be clean, too. Without a routine cleaning of your grooming tools, there’s more than just a fair chance that you’re introducing dirt, oil, bacteria, dead cells, and more to your squeaky clean skin and hair.
Need help figuring out how to wash your brushes and beauty tools the right way? Here are a few tips to get started.
How to Clean Your Hair Brushes
Knowing how to clean your hair brushes at home is important if you want your hair to be clean and you want your brushes to last.
A clean hair brush is a relatively new hair brush. If you’ve noticed that your bristles look dull, it’s because of the split bristles and the buildup of oils and styling products in your hair. Split bristles can do major damage to your hair. Plus, old brushes are susceptible to bacteria — including ringworm.
If you’re determined to know how to wash hair brushes at home the right way, it’s probably best to change out your hair brush every few months depending on the wear-and-tear and overall cleanliness of the brush.
So if your hair brush is too old to save, throw it away. But if not, learn how to wash hair brushes at home by following this secret DIY trick:
For a squeaky clean hair brush, fill your bathroom sink with the hottest water you can (but not boiling). Stir in a couple tablespoons of baking soda and place all of your brushes and combs in the water. Let them soak for an hour. Drain the sink and rinse each brush with hot water for a few minutes. Rinse them a second time with cool water for thirty seconds. Set them on a bath towel to dry overnight.
I’ve found that this is the best way to clean hair brushes — well-made brushes and combs will look practically new!
How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Knowing what to use to clean makeup brushes is extremely important. Makeup brushes can pick up dirt and dead skin from your skin, not to mention the makeup residue that can cause other debris to stick.
How often should you wash your makeup brushes? It depends on how often you use them. For clean, long-lasting makeup brushes, I suggest washing them every two weeks with a gentle cleanser, like baby shampoo.
The best way to wash makeup brushes is to fill a cup or small container with water and a pump or two of baby shampoo. Dip your makeup brushes in the soapy water and gently remove the dirt by using a gentle blotting motion. Replace with clean water and repeat until all the brushes are clean. Softly squeeze out the excess water and let the brushes air dry overnight.
Why Should I Keep My Brushes Clean?
Keeping your brushes is in your best interest! Not just for cleanliness, but for vanity, too! That’s right – not cleaning your brushes regularly can have an adverse effect on your appearance – especially in your skin.
Dirt and oil on your brushes can make your face dirty, causing old skin bonds to remain on your face. This can create dull, uneven skin, which can exacerbate the appearance of aging. Dirty hair brushes can spread bacteria and built-up hair products throughout your hair.
Beauty is Skin Deep
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