Here are some quick tips for taking care of the brushes you use every day.
Makeup brushes: You go to the trouble of washing your face everyday. So why would you then go and spread bacteria all over it with dirty makeup brushes? Made from synthetic fibres like nylon or from the fur of animals, brushes can trap bacteria in their bristles, and the bacteria then feed on microscopic skin cells and the moisture from makeup. Day to day, a quick spritz with water or with a specially formulated brush cleaner followed by a gentle wipe-down will keep brushes clean.
At least every 3 months, though, you should do a deeper clean:
You can also simply use your daily cleanser to wash your brushes. Professional cleaners can be harsh, and thus sometimes irritating to the skin. Using your daily cleanser is also good way to ensure you will not suffer an allergic reaction, since you already know how it treats your skin. If at any time the bristles look worn or shed, throw out that brush and purchase a new one.
Toothbrushes: It would seem like toothbrushes would harbour lots of icky bacteria. And while our mouths definitely harbour millions of germs, there's not much risk left behind on your toothbrush. All you need to do is follow a few simple guidelines:
Hairbrushes: When you rake a brush through your hair, the bristles grab onto dirt, dust, and any hair product you've used. A gunky brush just drags gunky stuff back into your hair. Now-and-then maintenance can keep your brushes fresh and lasting longer. Day to day, simply clear your brush of hair after each use. For a deeper clean, try this:
Shaving brushes: If you happen to be one of those retro types, you may lather up with a shaving brush. Depending on frequency of use, with proper maintenance a shaving brush can last a good, long while. Make sure you're thoroughly rinsing and shaking out your brush after each use. Handle the bristles with care, and always dry in open air with the bristles facing down. For a deeper clean, try this every few months:
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