Stomach-churning pictures shows just how filthy your makeup essentials are – and it’s not for the faint hearted | The Sun08/25/2023
MOST of us take pride in cleaning our beauty blenders and makeup brushes weekly, but it seems it might not be enough.
Although we know we should do it regularly, cleaning your beauty tools every couple of days isn't something we're always going to remember, but you certainly will after watching this video.
Taking to social media, the make-up remover brand My Glam Tech showed just what's lurking in your beauty blender and it's left stomachs churning.
In the clip they took a beauty blender and swabbed it with a cotton bud before putting it into a petri dish.
They then showed the amount of bacteria and germs that came up from just one tiny swab of the sponge and it wasn't pretty.
After, they used the same technique with a makeup brush – proving that just because it looks clean, it doesn't mean it is.
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They said: "Beauty blenders can also hold on to considerable amount of bacteria.
"Researchers have found that brushes and blenders can be dirtier than toilets.
"Dead skin, dirt and oils cover each brush fibre which create a breeding ground for bacteria.
"All of this gets rubbed into your skin and into your pores.
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"This is why people get staff infections, pink eye and even acne."
And they aren't wrong, new research found that 70 to 90 per cent makeup tools harbour bacteria.
Not only is it just bacteria but the study found beauty blenders contain the highest rate of fungi, at 56 per cent.
Beauty blenders also had the highest rate of contamination with The investigators believe that this is because people must first moisten these sponges to be able to apply makeup with them. Moist surfaces, the study authors explain, provide fertile breeding grounds for fungi.
Therefore, it is vital to give your brushes a good clean throughout the week to help prevent any bacteria build-up.
People were horrified by the video and many were quick to claim they'd be washing their brushes pronto.
One person wrote: "Oh I’m cleaning my makeup brushes rn."
Another commented: "I found mould in my beauty blender bc of water."
Meanwhile a third said: "This is my sign to clean my makeup brushes and blender."
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Someone else added: "My skin is crawling."
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How to wash your makeup brushes
To make sure your makeup brushes and beauty blenders follow these seven steps recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology:
Rinse the tips of your brushes and sponges under lukewarm water to remove residual makeup.
Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a tablespoon of either gentle shampoo or clarifying shampoo – not dish soap.
Swirl each brush/sponge tip in the bowl.
Rinse again under lukewarm running water.
Continue shampooing and rinsing each brush/sponge until water runs clear.
Squeeze out excess moisture with a clean, dry paper towel.
Lay brushes/sponges flat on a towel and allow to dry naturally
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