Are you forgetting about this breakout-causing culprit?

qms pinterest makeup july 2015You research the best products for your face, ensure they contain natural ingredients that promote healthy skin, and follow a skincare routine religiously. Your skin is cleansed, toned, protected, and hydrated. But are you reversing the benefits of your hard work when you apply your makeup?

Makeup brushes collect oil, dirt, bacteria, and dead skin. By not routinely cleaning brushes and applicators, each time you use them you are allowing the unhealthy debris back onto your skin. This causes irritation and break outs, negating the work you’ve done to properly clean and protect your skin.

Depending on how heavily and frequently you use your makeup brushes, they should be thoroughly cleaned as often as twice a week or at the minimum of once every two weeks.

Our estheticians recommend the following to keep your expensive brushes in great condition:

  • Gently wash with shampoo or facial wash.
  • To prevent bristles from drying out, apply a small amount of conditioner after washing and rinse thoroughly.
  • Place brushes upside down in a cup to avoid water from becoming trapped in the base of the brush. This allows water to drip out as they dry.

Extra tip: If your brush is severely matted, apply a small amount of olive oil to the bristles to break down dirt prior to washing.

Feel it’s too time consuming to add one more routine to your beauty regimen? Just remember this: built up dirt and oil in makeup brushes will have negative effects on your skin. To make the time you spend caring for your skin worthwhile and effective, clean brushes regularly to create a well-rounded skincare routine.

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