Are your make-up brushes damaging your health?

Sponges, brushes, eyelash curlers… E.coli? Apparently all things that are staples in your make-up bag
Are your make-up brushes damaging your health?
Remember to clean your @beautyblender

Do you eat well, drink loads of water and always take your make-up off before bed, yet still find yourself being the victim of breakouts? Well, it may be time to inspect your make-up brushes.

The mite-y brush
Make-up brushes are full of oil, dust, make-up residue and dead skin cells, as well as unwanted hitchhikers (namely bacteria and mites – though that’s not all). While those tiny mites may call our eyelashes home (gross, but true), they’re also migrating to your brushes, which, when transferred to your face, can clog pores and cause breakouts.

If you don't clean them, you'll end up spreading the bacteria from your brushes to your make-up, which means you could be contaminating your whole collection. It's even worse if you store your brushes in the bathroom because, well... do we really have to say?

By not regularly washing your make-up brushes, and by regularly, we mean at least once a week, you’re reversing all the hard work your expensive skincare products are doing – even those 10 steps can’t save you. Those stiff, powder-clogged bristles? Yep, they’re damaging your skin and speeding up the ageing process. Plus, the build-up affects performance, leading to streaky application. The horror!

Sharing isn’t caring
While we know not to share mascara, the same rule applies for brushes. Made a friend in the club bathroom that's in need of a bronzer brush? Just say no, even if she is your new BFF. There are truly frightening stories about the consequences of sharing brushes and transferring bacteria – including blindness and paralysis.

Handy how-to
Here’s how to make sure your brushes are face friendly - wet it with warm water and lather in shampoo, soap or a brush cleanser (our fave is Beauty Blender's Solid) for a few minutes, before holding it under running water until all the soap and make-up has gone. Then, lay flat on a towel to dry – and make sure you re-shape the bristles so they don't lose their original silhouette. Pro tip: make sure your brushes point downwards as you wash them, so that water doesn’t seep into the handle - this can rot the wood and remove the glue.

If we can’t convince you, maybe makeup-pro Stevie Miller’s viral video of bugs in her BeautyBlender might. BRB, we’re off to clean our brushes...