Could your brushes be the cause of your skin problems?
We have all been culprits of it at home, using and re-using our makeup brushes until there is so much makeup on it that we absolutely cannot hold off cleaning them any longer. But the brushes are only being used on me so I'm not spreading anything around right? Wrong!
Everyone has microbes living on the skin, good and bad which under the right conditions remain relatively harmless to us but once these little suckers transfer themselves onto your makeup brushes or sponges, it can be a very different story. See your brushes or sponges are often damp from product and stored away in your makeup drawer or bag where it can be nice and warm. Under these conditions they multiply and multiply waiting for you reapply your makeup so they can reinfest your face! If you aren't a bit grossed out yet and you are wondering why this is a big deal, the microbes came from your face anyway, well this throws your skins delicate symbiosis completely out of balance which can lead to more long term issues.
It's not just the bacteria that's to blame, the build up of product around each fine little brush bristle can cause you once super soft brushes to become harder and more irritating to the skin. Product buildup can lead to clogging of the pores as well as exposing your skin to unnecessary ageing free radicals which wreak havoc on your skin.
If you've been noticing sudden excess dryness, irritation, redness, congestion and acne on your skin then It may be worth considering the last time you gave your makeup tools a good clean. Take my advice and shampoo your brushes regularly ( I recently used the Kardashian Beauty Black Seed Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo to wash my synthetic brushes at home and they have never been softer and the fragrance on them is devine!) and use a spray brush cleaner like Jane Iredale Botanical Brush Cleaner after every use. Book in and see your SkinTherapist who will be able to advise you on how best to stop your symptoms and reverse any damage caused to the skin.