We’ve all been through those heart-wrenching moments where we’ve had to part with our favorite beauty tools. We develop a close bond with our beauty tools, and it wouldn’t be fair to just toss them in the trash after all those good times we all had together. That makeup brush set that you had on your wishlist for months. Or that eyelash curler that curls your lashes just right. Unfortunately, the old saying is true: all good things must come to an end. Think about it, you get rather up close and personal with the majority of your beauty tools on a regular basis. Maybe even closer than you are with your significant other. That’s a lot of opportunities for wear and tear to occur. The end of the road for your beauty tools may be nearer than you think. Want to know when it’s time to say bye bye to your beloved beauty tools? Here is a guide to maintaining your beauty tools and deciding whether or not you should CLEAN or TOSS…..
Clean: Ideally, once a week, or every other week. Unless you want lots of acne.
Toss: When they become ratty, frayed or brittle.
Clean: Once a week.
Toss: Every 2-3 months or when cracked or torn.
Clean: Give it an honest look over yearly. If it’s still clean and in good condition, keep it.
Toss: When it’s no longer salvageable or recognizable. It may have been cute once, but nothing lasts forever.
Clean: Remove hair from the bristles weekly. I am the worst at this.
Toss: When bristles are broken, damaged or missing.
Clean: Thoroughly rinse your razor, and allow it to dry outside of the shower after every use.
Toss: Every 1-2 weeks or when it becomes dull. Otherwise, knicks and cuts will begin.
Clean: Weekly with a cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol.
Toss: Replace the rubber pad every 4-6 months or when torn. Replace the curler when it loses tension (every 12-18 months).
Clean: Ideally, metal tools should be cleaned and disinfected after every use or at least every 2 weeks.
Toss: When the tools start to dull or you see rust or corrosion. Gross.
Clean: Disinfect loofas and sponges by soaking them in diluted bleach for five minutes every 1-2 weeks.
Toss: Avoid becoming attached to your loofah. Discard if you notice mold growth or if it smells mildewy or musty. Doing so will help prevent you from catching a nasty skin infection.
Clean: Your tanning mitt is a faithful companion so keep it clean by washing it after each use using some good old fashioned soap and warm water. Avoid using any sort of harsh soaps or detergents
Toss: After regular use, replace your tanning mitt every six months. For less frequent use, replace your tanning mitt once a year.
Clean: Weekly with antibacterial soap to avoid spreading bacteria which will result in, you guessed it, more acne.
Toss: Replace every three months to avoid creating more acne than diminishing.
P.S. Check out my full article on how to thoroughly clean your makeup brushes!