I’m going to ask you all a simple question, and I want you answer honestly. When was the last time you cleaned your make up brushes? And while we’re on the topic, do you wash off your make up every night before you go to bed?
I’m sure most (if not all) of you would be embarrassed to reveal that you’ve never cleaned your brushes, and you usually just buy a new set when they get too far gone. I’m also certain that you all “know” you should wash your face everyday, but how many of you do more than wipe a wet face cloth over your face? Thus this post, to give you a better understanding of why it’s important to have a sanitary make up and daily face washing routine.
CLEANING YOUR BRUSHES
Take a look at your make up brush set…the one you use to apply your loose or pressed powders is probably the best example. If the build up is not obvious at first, part the bristles and take a GOOD look. This one if often one of the scummiest brushes. After you sweep it over your face, not only are you setting your make up as desired, but you are also COLLECTING any make up that’s already been applied, like foundation and concealer, and any oil and bacteria that is already on your face. That oil and bacteria is now festering in your brush and clumping all that powder together, making it not only dirty, but more difficult to use since it’s hardened with build up. Every time you do applications with this brush, you are putting all that build up of gunk back onto your face, encouraging the growth of acne causing bacteria. This all seems pretty common sense, but does this even occur to you during your daily make up routine? Probably not, but I’m hoping now that you’ve read this and you’re very aware of how nasty your brushes have become, you’ll think twice about using them again before giving them a good wash.
The brush on the left is matted & greasy looking & stained with color – needs washing… A clean brush should be full and fluffy like the one on the right
The rule of thumb is that you should clean your ENTIRE brush set every 4 – 6 weeks. I’ve tried a lot of the spray on brush cleansers…they are time consuming and don’t do a great job (if you have one that you like, lmk and I’ll certainly give it a go). What I’ve found the best is using a foaming facial cleanser, something gentle like Neutrogena or Dove. Use warm water to work up a good lather and grab and old towel to wipe with. If there is still color coming off on the towel, give it another cleanse. Foaming cleansers tend to leave behind residue, so make sure you rinse well. Let your brushes dry naturally, the heat from the hair dryer can weaken the bristles and will make your brushes really poufy…this could affect their blending capabilities. Might be best to do on a lazy Sunday or a day off, a time when you won’t need to use them and they have ample time to dry. You’ll notice a huge difference when you use your freshly cleaned set. Not only with they feel cleaner and softer, but you’ll get more precision and more accurate coloring, especially with eyeshadow brushes since all the excess color will be washed away.
WASHING YOUR FACE
So now that your planning on cleaning your make up tools, what’s the point if you don’t have a daily face cleansing routine? I have to say that one of my biggest pet peeves is people who complain about having bad skin and consistently have break outs, but do not have a regular face washing routine. HELLO!? You’re kind of asking for it. If you spent as much time caring for your skin as you do applying layers of foundation and concealer, you wouldn’t NEED to apply the layers of foundation and concealer. Leaving your make up on all night is a major no-no. It lets the dirt and oil that’s been building up on your face all day work it’s ways into your pores, causing acne and blemishes, and also AGES your skin. We touch our faces like a hundred times every damn day, after touching door knobs, flushing toilets, shaking hands with a stranger…get the picture? And I don’t think premature wrinkles are a welcomed thought, am I right? Okay, so don’t panic yet…this problem has a SIMPLE solution. Most of you don’t wash your face before bed because A. You didn’t think it was a big deal (luckily you now know the difference) OR B. You leave it too late and you’re too tired to do anything more than empty your bladder. Here’s the fix; I often wash off my make up after supper, while I’m still wide awake and have no excuse to NOT do it later. It feels soooooooo amazing! Like taking off a heavy mask after wearing it all day, which, let’s face it, most of us are in fact wearing a heavy mask of make up all day.
My picks for my personal skin care regime
There are TONS of make up removers out there, but I find Pond’s cleansing & make up removing towelette’s the best. They remove eye and face make up without burning or stinging and also don’t leave behind an oily residue. They’re available in a few different scents (I use the original one) and even work great against waterproof mascaras and stubborn lip stains.
Spectro products are great for controlling breakouts. I use it daily and rarely have even a single pimple. It also comes in different varieties to suit different skin types. I use the dry skin formula.
St Ives has some great exfoliaters. They also have a few different kinds depending on your needs and are very gentle. I use Blemish & Blackhead Clearing 2 – 3 times a week, or every other day, to remove dead skin cells and control blackheads. It leaves my face feeling super clean and rejuvenated.
For daily moisturizing I like Dove‘s facial moisturizer, it’s light and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on your face. I use it after washing my face in the a.m., before applying my make up, and after I wash my face before bed to keep my skin soft and youthful.
I’m not suggesting these products will work for everyone. I, for example, have an oily t-zone and dry cheeks & forehead, but after years of trying different products, this is what works for me and my skin is now better than ever. Take some time and find a routine & products that work for you, but don’t expect instant results. Keep in mind that trying new products can in itself cause a breakout, so don’t let this discourage you. Give it a few weeks to a month before discounting it all together, unless it’s burning or causing irritation, in which case follow the instructions on the back and discontinue use!
Hope this is a wake up call for at least one of you, and remember…always put your best face forward!