Clean up on Aisle Three

If you have make up and brushes then they will need cleaning.

Not as often as your face and body but more than you think.

Keeping your beauty tools clean and in good order will mean better results with make up application and minimising the amount of bacteria that might be introduced into pots of product.

Never use your finger to take moisturiser out of jar.

Always use the tiny spatula that is provided, or if one is not provided there are plenty of places to buy packs of them cheaply. Wash these weekly in warm soapy water. Despite the rush of companies trying to tell us that their product is the only safe one to clean brushes and tools I find that fairy liquid (or supermarket equivalent) does a good enough job and some drops of tea tree added in for good measure ticks all the hygiene boxes.

Create a soapy mix in your basin and agitate with your brushes then rub in a swirling motion in the palm of your hand. Rinse with cool water until it runs clear. Smooth the hair of the brush out and lay to dry on a towel away from direct heat. Heat will make the binding holding the hairs in place expand and you will experience fall out. About once a week is right for the brushes you use the most. Jerry Hall who was a super model in the 70’s and 80’s claimed to wash her brushes daily in rubbing alcohol. If you literally have nothing else to do then go for it…

Your fingers and hands are sadly crawling with bacteria and germs all waiting to jump ship into your jars and set up camp in your expensive products.
If, occasionally, you have to use your finger to get at a product then wash your hands first, but never ever let a friend do the same. We all have cotton buds to hand so use these instead. Or a cuticle stick with cotton wool wrapped over the end.

The first step to cleaning your face and neck is to wash your hands.

This is not a rocket science suggestion but common sense. If you apply moisturiser to your skin without cleansing first then it will not penetrate the acid mantle and be a waste of time ditto applying a face mask to an uncleansed skin.

Other tools you have may be made of metal – tweezers, facial razors and so on. These can be dipped in alcohol or tea tree oil and wiped over. We all forget to clean our tweezers but they can be crawling with bacteria from the eyebrow hairs.

Now to your make up compacts and other lovely things. Use a baby wipe or anti bacterial wipe to clean the plastic elements of your compacts and polish up any integral mirrors. Depending on your level of anxiety you can wipe over the ends of lipsticks, glosses and balms with an anti-bacterial wipe on a weekly basis.
Liners and lip pencils are refreshed and bacteria free each time you sharpen them. If you liners are liquid the again you can wipe the brush element.

Post Author: Rowena Kitchen

Rowena Kitchen
I am a qualified beautician active in the industry for over 20 years. To me health and beauty go hand in hand. What you put in your body is as important as what you put on it. My USP is my love of finding ideas to make money go a long way by making informed choices about what to invest in. I love everything about the beauty business and bring my joy and caution in equal measure to my writing and exploration.

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