By Beauty Expert: Chanel K.
It's great that you're not touching your face so much with your fingers when you apply makeup, but if your tools are filthy, you could still wind up breaking out. If you don't wash your makeup brushes enough, you spread dirt and bacteria from your face, to your makeup, then back to your face and if you've been breaking out and you've tried or ruled out everything else, your makeup brushes could be at fault.
Through daily use, makeup brushes can accumulate dead skin cells, dirt, oil, pollution, and bacteria. These includes staphylococcus, streptococcus, and e coli, fungus, and viruses. Think this sounds far-fetched? An Australian woman contracted a staph infection after sharing makeup brushes with a friend, leaving her paralyzed in the legs and arms.
One of the biggest reasons to use makeup brushes in the first place is so your makeup goes on more smoothly than if you use your fingers. But if they're already caked up with last week's makeup, how can they apply today's properly? Most likely you will get a patchy application, especially with powders and foundations!
Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, can spread by sharing cosmetics, including makeup brushes. While it's a common and non-deadly infection, unlike that in number 2 above, pink eye is nevertheless something you probably want to avoid whenever possible.
When all that gross bacteria and grime builds up, you could wind up with stiff bristles that can really aggravate your skin. And blemished skin just needs more makeup to even it out a terrible cycle you want avoid.
Brushes that are well-cared-for last longer, simple as that. So don't let your hard-earned cash go to waste and keep your pricy tools clean!
Dirty makeup brushes can expose the skin to oxidative stress from free radicals, which causes a breakdown of collagen and elastin and can result in premature aging…Yikes!
YUCK! if you don't pay attention to your tools, you could wind up like Stevie Miller, whose video of her makeup sponge containing bugs went viral earlier this year. If you ever needed a reason to clean your makeup brushes and sponges, let it be this.