My acne is currently the worst it’s been in almost a year, and I’m constantly battling trying to get it under control. This means I am being extra vigilant when it comes to things that could potentially make it worst, and number one on the list is hygiene!
Cleaning brushes is a pain, and I always used to put it off a disgustingly long time and then have to deep clean ALL my brushes at once and have none to use while they dried. Now that I’m on a hygiene kick, I’ve actually been deep cleaning my main face brushes every day, and making sure I at least spot clean my eye brushes after each use. It’s actually not nearly as much of an ordeal if you keep on top of it, because you’re only having to clean the brushes you’ve used! I just clean my foundation and powder brush every night while I’m getting ready for bed, it doesn’t take long at all, and they are dry for morning when I want to use them again.
I use the MAC brush cleaner for spot cleaning my eyeshadow brushes, and I find that if I put it in a little spray bottle I waste far less product, and it lasts me longer, as well as being a bit easier to use. I just spray a bit onto a cotton pad or wad of tissue per brush, and give them a good wipe. The spray bottle was only a couple of pounds from Boots, and it makes all the difference to how long my brush cleaner lasts!
For deep cleaning I use the Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap in Lavender because I LOVE the smell of this and I find it leaves my brushes really soft, as well as getting them cleaner than anything else I’ve tried! I used to use baby shampoo, but this is a lot more effective. I just put a few drops into my hand, wet my brush, and swirl it in the palm of my hand before giving it a good rinse. I repeat this until it rinses clear! Make sure you hold the brushes with the handles upwards, to avoid getting water into the metal bit and loosening the glue that holds the brush fibres in place!
I actually found the Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap in TK Maxx for £3.99, but I think it’s usually around £5.50, which isn’t bad at all!
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