Brushes, sponges and other tools that you use can easily start to harbour germs if they are not kept clean and hygienic. Here are some top tips for you:
- Clean your brushes regularly
How often is regularly? As a rule of thumb, once every two weeks or so should be sufficient. However, this will depend very much on how much and how often you use them. In particular when using skin camouflage, you might need to clean your brushes more often than that because the product tends to be quite heavy and will clump easily if it builds up on a brush. If you notice that the product is not sitting well or stops gliding onto your skin easily, it’s time to get soapy!
- Use something that will disinfect your brushes, not only remove excess product
My secret tip is to use Wright’s Coal Tar Soap. This is an old-fashioned bar of soap that is cheap as chips and available in all pharmacies, but importantly has anti-bacterial properties. Although European Union directives on cosmetics have banned the use of coal tar in non-prescription products, tea tree oil has replaced coal tar as the main anti-bacterial ingredient so you still get that same benefit. I love it because it’s super easy to just swirl your brushes around on the bar of soap, lather it up and it very easily removes even very persistent traces of product without damaging the handles.
- Make sure your brushes dry out completely before storing them
This point is key, an dcan be hard if you are impatient like me. Ideally place your brushes on a thin towel over a radiator or in a well-ventilated place to speed up the drying process. The last thing you want it to stash damp brushes and start the mould-growing process between bristles!
- Wash your powder puffs and sponges in the washing machine
If you use powder puffs or sponges to apply skin camouflage products or make-up, it can be quite time-consuming to wash them by hand. The more efficient and more thorough way of deep-cleaning them is to just throw them into the washing machine on a normal cycle – again letting them dry completely before storing.
- Do not share your brushes and tools with others
Sharing your skin camouflage and make-up products is best avoided, as the bacteria on them is particular to you. There was a well publicised story recently of a young woman catching meningitis from her friend’s make-up brush (http://bit.ly/1Qxuq7I) . Now although the causal link in this case was not definitely made out, and such a result is likely to be extremely rare, it is definitely not advisable to be sharing tools if you suffer from a skin condition.
Happy skin camouflaging! If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you!