‘Tis the season of warmer weather, new blooms and your annual spring cleaning. While you scour every nook and cranny of those forgotten closet corners and product graveyards under your sink – there’s something you shouldn’t forget: Your everyday essentials deserve a wash and wipe to keep the bacteria at bay and your face blemish-free. We’ve got exactly what you need for a brighter spring-cleaning season:
Makeup Brushes: Since the hairs on your makeup brushes, sponges and blenders are porous, they absorb oils, makeup residue, debris and bacteria – which can wreak havoc on your skin over time. To avoid breakouts, keeping a consistent cleaning schedule of about every 7-10 days will not only prevent blemishes, but will help maintain the longevity of your brushes. But within that schedule, what will you choose as your cleaning agent? Facial Lounge Owner, Amber Rose, suggests using either Nutribiotic Non-Soap Skin Cleanser, Facial Lounge’s Gentle Cleanser or our best-selling Pore Clarifying Cleanser. Not only will these products provide a deep clean, but you don’t have to worry about chemicals sticking to the brushes and becoming a skin irritant. NOTE: When your brushes are drying, be sure to lay them face down to maintain their integrity and shape.
Makeup Bag: We buy makeup bags to keep our brushes in one place, intact and to prevent possible cross-contamination. But sometimes your bag needs a cleaning as well – so customize your approach according to the material of the bag. For cloth bags, throwing it in the washing machine is your best bet for a thorough clean. For plastic-like materials, every one of our Facial Lounge makeup brush cleaners will bring your bags back to life. Simply add cleaner to warm water using a cloth, wipe the bag thoroughly and be sure to let air dry.
Cell Phone: With the current spotlight on the importance of handwashing, we want to highlight including one thing our hands spend the most time handling – our cell phones! Prior to the COVID virus, multiple studies indicated how our phones are highly vulnerable to bacterial and viral outbreaks. Each time you touch your phone, microbes can be transferred to and from your hands, face and every surface that you or your cell phone have touched. To fight the spreading, make it a habit to wipe down your phone often, especially after taking it out in public.
Purse: Our purses tend to become “Mary Poppins-esque” – bottomless pits of unnecessary and random items, along with food crumbs and loose coins somehow filling every pouch and pocket. The first step to cleaning your purse is to remove everything and shake out loose debris. Pull the fabric lining out if possible and wipe with a damp sponge rinsed in hot, soapy water. Also, avoid setting your bag on the ground to avoid possible stains and prevent picking up unwanted bacteria.
Palettes, Powders & Sticks: Yes, even your makeup palettes, face powders and lip sticks require cleaning. Although we do not encourage sharing your makeup and brushes with others, we know it can happen on a whim. To combat any possible transfer of skin oils and bacteria, keep a mini spray bottle handy containing isopropyl alcohol (at least 70%) as a quick fix to avoid a potential bigger problem. When sanitizing lipstick, spray the exposed lipstick with alcohol and wipe it clean. For your eye and lip pencils, be sure to sharpen after you spray and before your next personal use. For your powder products, it’s as easy as skimming off the top layer, and then lightly spraying with alcohol. Be sure to let it air dry before next use.