Non-Toxic Ways To Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Why Do We Need To Clean Our Makeup Brushes?
Ask any dermatologist what is one of the leading causes of blocked pores and breakouts, and they will say dirty makeup brushes. Cleaning brushes regularly is usually an afterthought. So I wanted to share some non-toxic ways to clean your makeup brushes both with a DIY method and with a few of my favorite non-toxic makeup brush cleaning solutions, to help get you in a clean routine.
Makeup Brushes accumulate dead skin cells and oil which can clog pores and lead to breakouts. The same reason why you need to change your pillowcases at least once per week, washing your brushes should be done on a regular basis. I like to clean my brushes on the same day that I wash my bed linens. It’s just an easy way for me to remember to do it.
Besides keeping your pores free of bacteria causing breakouts, clean brushes apply makeup better too. Without a buildup of oil and old makeup, the application is smoother and less streaky.
After you’ve invested in a good set up brushes, keeping the bristles soft and clean will make the brushes last longer. You should aim to clean your foundation brushes every 5-7 days. And your regular powder brushes and eye brushes at least 2 times per month. Of course, never share your brushes with anyone unless they are clean.
Why Non-Toxic Cleaners?
The reason you want to use a non-toxic or natural cleaner is that you don’t want to be using your clean skincare and makeup with a brush that has been tainted with chemicals. Using a natural cleaner will prolong the life of your brushes by leaving no harsh residues on it that will break down the fibers of the bristles. Yes, rinsing your brush well can be helpful. But there are so many good solutions to getting your brushes clean in a non-toxic way that there really is no need to use something harsh. In fact, I’m going to show you how to make your own non-toxic brush cleaning solution with some products I’m pretty sure you already have at home.
On The Daily
If you have oily skin or tend to break out, you may want to consider doing a daily detox of your brushes. You can easily do this by taking your favorite essential oil (Grapefruit, Lavender, Tea Tree) and mix it with some Witch Hazel Extract (with 14% alcohol). If you happen to have a Witch Hazel without the alcohol in it, it won’t be as effective with removing excess product and won’t dry as quickly as one with alcohol. Another substitution for the alcohol is to grab 1/2 oz. of good old vodka from your bar, to do the trick. I would stay away from a peppermint essential oil since it can cause irritation around the eyes.
Mix in a spray bottle: 4 ounces of Witch Hazel Extract with alcohol
12 drops of your favorite essential oil
Spritz your brushes and wipe with a tissue or towel. Because the brush is not saturated, it will dry quickly.
At least twice per month, you should be doing a deeper detox of your brushes to prevent dead skin, oil, and makeup accumulation. Remember, if you have a nice set of brushes, you need to keep them nice by cleaning them regularly.
Mix in a bowl: 1/4 cup of water (distilled preferred)
1/2 teaspoon unscented Castile Soap
1 teaspoon of olive oil (optional, for extra dirty brushes)
1/8 cup of witch hazel
(If you’re eye-balling it and not measuring, that’s okay. Just try to use these ratios)
Swirl your brush in the mixture and massage any makeup and debris off with your fingers. Using a silicone pad brush cleaner can help to release more of the makeup embedded in the brush.
NEVER SOAK! Soaking the brushes can break down the glue for holding in the bristles and will cause shedding. The reason why you don’t want to stand your brushes upright to dry is that any residual water will go down to the base of the brush and cause it to smell.
Store-Bought Brush Cleaners
Sometimes mixing ingredients can be a hassle, especially if you travel a lot. There are actually a few good options that are non-toxic which you can buy. Or, if you’ve run out of makeup brush cleaner and don’t want to mess with mixing up your own, just use your shampoo or face wash. If you’re using a face wash that removes makeup, its a no-brainer. I just don’t want to use my expensive, anti-aging face wash to clean my makeup brushes on a regular basis. Taking a nickel-sized dollop of your face wash or shampoo and mix it with 1/2 a cup of water to wash your brushes. Swirling the brush in the palm of your hand can dislodge the dirt and makeup, but I find that by using a silicone pad brush cleaner, you can get the job done more efficiently.
If you’re into gadgets and want to speed up the cleaning process, you should invest in the Tao Clean Sonic Makeup Brush Cleaner, which is battery powered to spin the brush clean in the liquid, and then spin the liquid out to dry, which speeds up the drying process. You can actually clean up to 6 brushes at the same time in under 2 minutes. Wow! I love efficiency! The Tao cleaner comes with 6 soap pods that do not contain fragrance, dyes, or phosphates. You can purchase more soap pods on Amazon. (20 pods sell for $19.99)
One of my favorite daily brush cleaners is by Brush Bath.
They have a Purifying Makeup Brush Cleaner which is alcohol-free, and instantly dissolves dirt, makeup, debris. It’s great for both natural and synthetic hair bristles.
The most user-friendly makeup brush cleaner I have found by far is by Jenny Patinkin. Her Luxury Vegan Makeup Brush Soap comes in a recyclable (or repurposable) tin. After wetting the brush, you swirl over the coconut and vegetable-derived product to bring into a lather and then rinse. Lay flat to dry. I love this one because there is no mixing, no setup, and its easy to store in your makeup bag.
How To Store Your Clean Makeup Brushes
After my brushes are clean and dry, I like to display them in a free-standing cup. This cute one by Kate Spade would look elegant on your vanity counter. Remember, do NOT let your brushes dry upright. It breaks down the glue which adheres to the bristles and it will make them smell.
Do you have any non-toxic makeup brush cleaners that you think I should know about? I’d love to hear from you!
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