The Dangers of A Cosmetic Brush


IMG_1295 (800x542)Makeup is an essential part of almost every woman’s beauty routine. But we rarely think about dangers that lurk behind when applying makeup. Most cosmetic products are maid of natural oils and other ingredients that are an excellent environment for bacteria growth.

Makeup brushes and sponges collect huge amount of dead skin cells, skin and cosmetic oils, dust, bacteria and such. Normally your skin, due to its natural protective barrier, resists this bacteria attack. However, in case of small cuts, abrasions, open inflammations, the result of using contaminated makeup brush or cosmetic sponge could be disastrous.


Our skin always hosts certain amount of different bacteria which in normal circumstances are harmless. One of those is staphylococcus bacteria. If the skin’s protective barrier is untouched, the bacteria is present in small amounts on the surface. It may travel to your cosmetic accessories easily during makeup application. The build up of facial oils and makeup remains will support the bacteria’s growth.


Dirty cosmetic accessories are breeding ground for such micro-organisms and fungus that may cause herpes, ringworm, staph infection. In case you skin is damaged, the bacteria will penetrate into its lower levels and may cause severe inflammation which is not easy to treat.


Micro-organisms may travel from your skin via cosmetic accessories to cosmetic products and contaminate them. Beauty products are like food – they will not last long. Average woman keeps her favorite makeup items up for 4 years when they should not be used more than 6 months after being open!

It is important to remember that if you had facials as microdermabrasion, microneedling, galvanic cleansing or chemical peels, you need to be extremely careful and avoid to apply make up at least for 12 hours. Make sure all your brushes, sponges, applicators are sanitized. Your foundation, especially loose one, blushes, eye shadows are not old.


Will you use the same towel to wipe your face for 6 months without washing it? No way! Apply the same rule to make up accessories.They should be sanitized at least weekly. In some instanses – as when you have dermabrasion treatment, – the accessories should be sanitized every time you have the treatemnt. This will eliminate the risk of infection.


The best way to clean your make up brush or sponge is to run them under warm water keeping the bristles down. It will help to loose caked-on makeup. Make a soapy water using antibacterial hand soap and soak the brushes for about 15-20 min. Work cleansing solution into the bristels with your fingers. Rinse well (if needed reapply the soap until the water runs clean), tap the brush dry with a paper towel and lie flat until dry.

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