If you are a true-blue makeup junkie, then we are sure you’d find it really hard to imagine life without your favourite makeup brushes. And yet you tend to act lazy when it’s time to wash your brushes, undermining the major issues that can arise when you use unclean brushes.

Did you know, using dirty makeup brushes is equivalent to throwing all those hours you spend on your skincare routine right down the drain? From acne to uneven skin texture, dirty makeup tools are the sneaky culprits behind a lot of skin woes. To help you comprehend the magnitude of this problem, here’s a list of everything that could happen if you continue using dirty and unhygienic makeup brushes.

 

Clogged pores

Clogged pores

When you continue using dirty makeup brushes, the dirt, oil, makeup residue, bacteria and other impurities end up settling on to your skin, as well as, into open pores over time. This leads to pore-clogging, which in turn, results in acne and other skin problems. If you’ve tried everything to resolve your acne woes but to no avail, then maybe it’s time to take a minute to try and remember the last time you washed your makeup brushes.

 

Uneven makeup application

Uneven makeup application

I mean, isn’t this obvious? Imagine trying to blend in all your eye makeup with residual clumps from all the previous times that you’ve used the same brush? Using dirty brushes will make your makeup look streaky, cakey and far from natural or skin-like.

 

Makes your eyes susceptible to conjunctivitis

Makes your eyes susceptible to conjunctivitis

Using dirty eye makeup brushes or sharing it with another person could very well be the cause of conjunctivitis. The unclean brushes harbour bacteria that could get into the eye, leading to various infections, including the pink eye, commonly known as conjunctivitis.

 

Serious skin irritation

Serious skin irritation

As discussed earlier, when you use dirty makeup brushes, it definitely clogs pores and leads to acne. But did you know that another adverse effect of brushes clogged with residual oil and dirt is a slowed down cell turnover process? This can increase your skin’s sensitivity and make it prone to problems such as redness, itchiness and other kinds of inflammations.

 

Early signs of ageing

Early signs of ageing

Another major concern with using dirty makeup tools is premature ageing. While this may seem highly unlikely, wait till you hear us out. The dirt, oil, bacteria and makeup residue from the brushes get transferred on to your skin and end up messing with the natural oils on your skin. This affects collagen and elastin production leading to fine lines, wrinkles and premature ageing.

 

Affects the lifespan of your brushes

Affects the lifespan of your brushes

When we buy makeup brushes, we think of them as a long-term investment. But if you don’t keep these tools clean, chances are that they won’t last as long as you expected them to. This is because all the residual dirt, oil and makeup ends up clumping the bristles, loosening the glue, as well as, deforming the brushes. Hence, it is best to wash all your makeup tools at least twice a week.

Hopefully, after reading this, we won’t ever have to remind you to clean those brushes again!