The cleansing brush took skincare routines to the next level, but you should do your part too. Do you know how to clean a facial cleansing brush properly to avoid breakouts?
A cleansing brush can be a miracle worker, but they can also be a haven for bacteria if they are not cleaned properly. To bring out the skin’s natural glow, you need to give the brush a thorough cleaning.
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How to Clean A Facial Cleansing Brush
Bacteria can accumulate on the wet surface, and you’ll be applying these nasties on your skin. Some cleansing brushes come with bacteria-resistant bristles. While this sounds great, you still have to follow these best practices to keep your brush clean.
For the Occasional User
Do you remember the last time you used a cleansing brush?
If not, don’t use it right away. You want to make sure that the brush is free from dirt, debris, and bacteria.
Before your cleansing routine, use the first few minutes to soak the brush head in warm soapy water. Rinse the brush head, and you’re good to go.
Doing this extra step can save you from getting breakouts because of a dirty cleansing brush. Check out this post for more tips on using the facial cleansing brush.
For the Regular User
After every use, rinse the brush with warm water. Use baby shampoo or mild soap to scrub off the brush head if you notice makeup residue and dirt on your brush.
Pro Tip: Every few days, use an anti-microbial product to get rid of bacterial buildup. Hibiclens is an excellent choice, and it’s available in most drugstores.
If you can’t find this product, ask the pharmacist for an alternative. You can also use an old toothbrush to clean the back portion of the brush head.
Check out this video on how to clean a facial cleansing brush. Don’t worry if your brush is not from Clarisonic, it works pretty much for other cleansing brushes too.
If you want to take extra steps to make sure your cleansing brush is free from germs, follow this cleaning method once a week.
- Fill a small bowl or container with rubbing alcohol.
- Soak the brush head for five minutes to kill any bacteria left.
- Pat the brush with a clean towel or cloth.
- Let the brush air dry overnight in a well-ventilated room.
Soaking the brush in alcohol will kill any remaining bacteria from daily use.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to wipe the brush handle while cleaning. Dip a towel in warm soapy water and give the handle a thorough cleaning.
Storing Your Cleansing Brush
Before storing the brush, make sure it is completely dry. Never apply heat directly on the brush head – this could damage the bristles.
Storing your brush when it is still moist can promote the growth of molds and bacteria. When your brush is dry, place it in a protective case. Don’t leave it lying around in a bathroom cabinet.
Changing Your Brush Head
If you are using your cleansing brush at least three times a week, it’s best to replace the brush head every three months. Just like an electronic toothbrush, the bristles can clump together and lose their shape over time. If you don’t use the brush regularly, you can wait a little longer before replacing the brush head.
Most cleansing brushes come with an extra brush head. This is also one reason why it’s better to buy this brush from a manufacturer that also sells brush head replacements.
Check out my post on the best facial cleansing brushes to see my favorite products – you’ll notice most of those items have replaceable brush heads. Replacing the brush head is more convenient than buying the product after a few months. Another reason is this – sharing a brush is a big no-no, that is, if you’re sharing the brush head too. If you’re having a pampering session with a friend, you can just hand out an extra brush head.
Cleansing Tools Need Cleaning Too
Using a cleansing brush in your skincare regime is excellent for your skin, more so if you’re keeping your brushes clean.
Don’t forget to rinse your cleansing brush every after use and give it a thorough cleaning at least once a week to avoid breakouts because of a dirty brush.
Share your thoughts on this tutorial on how to clean a facial cleansing brush. If you have a different way of cleaning your cleansing brush, don’t hesitate to share it on the comment section below.
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