Saturday, 27 April 2013

The importance of spring cleaning your makeup stash

When spring cleaning your house,  do not forget to tackle your make up stash too...

I am usually quite good at cleaning and de-cluttering my makeup stash fairly regularly (at least once every 6 months), but since I started blogging I have been holding on to some old make up just in case, till I developed an eyelid infection after using a four years old eye shadow about three months ago, which is still bothering me.
This reminded me not only of the importance of cleaning makeup tools and even products regularly but also of getting rid of old make up in which ingredients can go off and germs can lurke potentially causing skin infections and reactions.

How to clean your tools and make up

Try to wash your brushes and other tools in soapy water at least once a week.
When I need to clean my brushes very quickly I often use Bobbi Brown brush cleaning spray, which I may spray directly onto the brush and then wipe it off with paper tissues till the tissues look clear or do the other way around. I love this product because it is quick, effective and leaves my brushes in perfect shape and condition.

Bobbi Brown Brush Cleaning Spray

You can even sanitize your makeup products with a specific sanitizer. I must admit that I have never done it but I am tempted to try a product like Beauty So Clean Cosmetic sanitizer Mist (Ingredients: Ethyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Myristrate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate). For more information about the ingredients click here 

Beauty So Clean Cosmetic Sanitizer

When to toss what

Three months: eye makeup especially if liquid or creamy like mascara, liquid eyeliner, creamy eyeshadow
Six months: skin care in a jar, foundation in a jar, sunscreen
Twelve months: skin care products (stored in a pump), liquid foundation (pump), concealer, cream blush
Eighteen months: powders, pencils and lipstick or gloss

Do you regularly spring clean your makeup stash? Do you sanitize your makeup as well? How? I would love to hear from you. Thanks    

Food and Drug Administration, Stacya Silverman

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