How To Properly Clean Your Beauty Tools

Taking proper care of your beauty gadgets is an essential and often overlooked way to improve your skin & makeup technique.
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Taking proper care of your beauty gadgets is an essential and often overlooked way to improve your skin & makeup technique.

Mascara wands, hair straighteners, brushes, tweezers, and make-up brushes accumulate residue after each use, including dead skin cells (yuck!). When not cleaned properly, on a regular basis, beauty gadgets become the perfect breeding ground for a wide range of bacteria, which can then be transferred to your face causing irritation and sensitivity that will affect how you look and feel. Here's how to properly clean your beauty tools to prevent this from happening.

Cleaning Tweezers and Other Metal Tools

Thankfully, metal items like tweezers, eyebrow trimmers, nail clippers, and eyelash curlers are more easy to clean and maintain, especially when compared with your make-up brushes. We recommend bi-weekly cleaning. Don't worry, the process will not require that much of your time! Begin by washing the tweezers and the other metal beauty tools with antibacterial soap and warm water. Once you rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue, wipe the items dry with a clean towel. Take the time to sanitise the metal tools by soaking a small cotton ball in alcohol to rub the tweezers and eyebrow trimmers in detail.

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Cleaning Make-Up Brushes

Make-up brushes are without question the most demanding beauty gadgets on any woman's vanity table. Make-up artists and dermatologists alike recommend you clean make-up brushes every day after use. If you skip on this step, you will most likely transfer all bacteria from the brush to your skin.. Begin by diligently rinsing the brush with lukewarm water. To clean the brush, you need to use less aggressive shampoo, so baby products are perfect for this purpose. Squirt a few drops of baby shampoo on the brush bristles, lather, rinse under running, lukewarm water and repeat the procedure until the brush is sufficiently clean. Straighten the bristles and place the brush on a fluffy, clean towel for a few hours until it dries out completely.

Cleaning Hair Straighteners

While hair straighteners don't accumulate bacteria like hair and make-up brushes tend to do, they can still collect a good amount of dust. As most women apply hair products like hairspray and curling creams on their manes, these tend to build up on the styling tool's plates, preventing it from functioning efficiently. Your scalp alone secretes oils, too. To clean your curler or flat iron, cleaners in Clapham recommend using a damp clean cloth or antibacterial wet wipes to wipe the plates after use. Under no circumstances, whatsoever, dip the flat iron in water. And here's one tip on maintenance – once done curling or straightening your hair, allow the flat iron to cool down but avoid wrapping the cable around as this might damage it in the long run.

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Cleaning Hair Brushes

Cleaning your hair brush demands more time and precision. Ideally, you should take the time to remove any loose hair from the brush after each use to prevent gunk from building up. Before you proceed with washing the brush itself, you should consider using a tooth pick or a safety pin to remove as much hair and gunk as possible. Once done with that, fill a bowl with hot water and add a few drops of shampoo, then stir until foam forms and soak the brush for up to three minutes. When the time is up, scrub with an old toothbrush between the bristles to remove thoroughly all gunk and bacteria. Consider going through this ritual once or twice a month.

Cleaning your beauty gadgets regularly will help prevent the transfer of bacteria to your skin, thus reducing acne. Skin will look and feel softer and smoother, rendering your make-up flawless. Just like laundry and other chores, add beauty tool maintenance to your cleaning schedule.