You see or use makeup brushes every day. This is not just for the ladies, as highly style-conscious gents now uses makeup. Just as looking good is important, more important is being healthy. Makeup brushes are used on faces, and our faces naturally have microbes which is of course shared with its brushes.
Here is the problem
After using a makeup brush that has acquired bacterial from the face, it is left in a moist state, making it a breeding ground for the microbes which can be harmful once overgrown. The outcome will be pathogens that will inflict eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, redness, irritation, even body odor, as the brushes work down the neck in most cases.
The worst of these problems is seen in sharing of makeup brushes, as they can spread infections as dangerous as Staphylococcus, e. coli, and lots of fungal and viral infections. 27 years Jo Gilchrist – mother of one, is now living on a wheelchair after sharing makeup brush with her best friend. “My friend did have a staph infection on her face and I was using her brush just before. I had no idea that could even happen, I used to share with my friends all the time.” She lamented.
We hope to see her walk soon. However, her experience is excruciating enough for us to hold on to makeup brush hygiene.
How to clean makeup brushes
Do not deep or allow the joint or base of the brush to come in contact with the cleansing liquid as it may loosen the glue. Also ensure the brush is laid flat or horizontally for drying, with the bristle arranged and freely placed. Now let’s look at different cleansing methods.
- Lukewarm water and mild soap or shampoo – Simply make a watery soapy mixture with either dish soap, face wash, gentle soap or shampoo. Fetch a little of the mixture in your palm, deep the tip or bristle of the brush into what you have on your palm and wash in form of a gentle massage then dry.
- Brush Cleansing Mat – There are variety of brush cleansing mat that will take the place of your palm as described in the previous method. Bigger mats can fit into a hand-wash basin or sink. They have different surface textures to suit brush types.
- Spirit or ointment – There are now dedicated spirit, oil and other liquid products that are professionally made for brush cleansing such as Parian Spirit Professional Makeup Brush Cleaner, Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil.
- Electronic Cleanser – This is a fast cleansing solution, mostly rechargeable as it washes the brush and dry it in less than a minute. Although this is said to be harsh on brushes and may reduce durability, it is however, the cleanest and easiest solution.
Are you a makeup artist? Save today – the life or health of your clients by using safe brushes especially when carrying out a movie production job, training or crowd related one. Watch out for yourself too.