So You Clean your Brushes, But Do You Clean Your Cosmetics?

We all clean our brushes, but how many of us actually clean our makeup? I have recently wondered whether I am doing enough to prevent contamination of my makeup, especially after short lived break outs- is washing my brushes in antibacterial soap really enough? I am guilty of using my fingers to apply my makeup- foundation is squeezed out onto my hand and dotted on my face, highlighter is blended with my fingers and I often dab lipstick on with my fingers as well.
The oil and bacteria on our hands and face can easily be transferred onto our cosmetics, you can sometimes see this on older pressed powder which have a 'glaze'- an oily area on the top of the powder that has been created by transferring the powder brush to the face and then back to the powder.
For the hygiene conscious of us there are a few products from a brand called Beauty So Clean that will sanitise and disinfect our makeup in just 10 seconds so we no longer need to worry about cross contamination and cosmetic bacteria. If you were at IMATS you may have seen the Beauty So Clean products, and they are currently running a special offer on their website if you happened to miss out.

The first product is the Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist that will disinfect both powder and cream based products.  This product is contained in a spray bottle and just one mist will, when left for 10 seconds, disinfect and leave products bacteria free and fresher for longer. The spray won't interfere with the fragrance or texture of the products and can be safely used on eyeshadows without any adverse effects. This is available in 8ml (£9.50) (perfect for carrying around to disinfect make up tester and samples when shopping- genius!), or pro sizes of 120ml (£10) and 200ml (£15).

The second product is the Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes- these can be used on lipstick, lipgloss applicators, mascara wands, eyeliner pencils lip pencils. These wipes are designed to be used after every application, particularly on mascara wands and lipgloss applicators which can push bacteria from the face deep inside the cosmetic tube. The wipe is wrapped round the item and gently swiped from the base upwards. These wipes are available in a pack of 48 (£9.50) or a pro pack of 200 (£15).

The one thing about this brand that did make me slightly apprehensive is that they dont actually list the ingredients of their sanitising products anywhere on their website, after a bit of googling I found out that the mist and wipes both contain 5 ingredients: Ethyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl myristate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate. Most of these are emollients with the alcohol being the main disinfectant. I don't think one mist over each cosmetic product would do much harm but if you are sensitive to alcohol or any of the other ingredients then I would be careful about using this product.

I think these are a great idea and would be much more inclined to use them rather than just normal disinfectant spray as these are specifically created for cosmetic products.

Have you used Beauty So Clean or any other sanitising products on your makeup and cosmetics?

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  1. Wow thats very interesting! Love your blog! New follower!


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