Clean and Sanitize your Makeup Collection
You've cleaned the house from top to bottom, scrubbed tiles and vacuumed up dust bunnies... so what now? When was the last time you sorted out or cleaned your Makeup Collection?
It's something we use every day and yet give so little thought to, but when was the last time you organised your dressing table or sorted your makeup collection? As a daily routine, putting on makeup is a regular habit for us ladies, but can you remember the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes or sanitized your eyelash curlers? These are things that you don't often think about but is something that you need to do from time to time. In light of this, we put together some rules for cleaning and sanitizing your makeup supplies and accessories.
Clean eyelash curlers
Eyelash curlers can be compared to a can opener... you use them every day but give little thought to cleaning them on a regular basis. Your eyelash curlers come into contact with the delicate skin around the eyes every time you use them, so a cleaning every month or so is recommended. You can clean eyelash curlers in warm, soapy water - or even use a makeup wipe to clean them. If you do wash your eyelash curlers, dry them by hand or place them in front of your hairdryer for a minute.
Sanitize your hair brushes
Here's another beauty accessory that you use every day, and again, one of those that aren't properly cleaned on a regular basis. Most of us simply remove the hair when it starts to build-up on the brush, but hair brushes require more than this. Every time you use your hair brush you remove dead skin from your scalp and the brush collected oil from your hair. While you can't really see this... it's there. A good soaking in hot soapy water at least once a month will ensure your hair brush is clean and fresh the next time you use it.
How to clean hot brush or hairdryer brush attachment
When you regularly use a hot brush or brush attachment with your hairdryer, these also require cleaning. While you can't dip these in hot water as is, most brands offer a way to remove the brush section for easy cleaning. If you are not sure about this, read the instruction manual or Google to see if anyone else has done this with a similar model.
How to clean a hairdryer
If your hairdryer is starting to overheat or smells like burnt hair, chances are the filter at the back end of the hairdryer is clogged with lint or fluff. This vent at the back sucks air into the hairdryer and should always be cleaned regularly. You can use a pair of tweezers or an old toothbrush to loosen the lint to make it easy to remove.
Clean and sanitize makeup brushes
Had a skin breakout recently? Ugly pimples keep popping up? Makeup going cakey on your face. When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? These brushes are in constant contact with your face, on your skin, picking up dead skin cells and oils.
Makeup brushes need to be cleaned regularly, not only to sanitize them but also to allow them to do what they are supposed to do. And they can't do their job properly if they are packed with skincare products. Rinse brushes in warm soapy water at least once a week, and give them a deep clean once a month or every second month by soaking makeup brushes in hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes before rinsing clean and drying.
Declogg and clean a mascara wand
Over time and with regular use, a mascara wand gets clogged with dried mascara. To clean and refresh the bristles on the wand, wipe regularly with an eye makeup remover and a lint-free cloth. If this does not remove any clogged mascara, soak the wand in hot water for a few minutes before cleaning. Another way to keep your mascara wand clean is to soak for a few seconds in surgical spirits; stir the wand in the spirits for a few seconds before wiping clean.
Clean sponges and powder pads
All your foam sponges and applicators can be soaked in warm, soapy water to keep them clean and fresh. Try to do this at least once a month and your skin will appreciate it. If you apply your face powder with a soft pad, you can also wash and rinse this as well to prevent build-up and make it easier to apply face powder.