How to clean your beauty blender and keep it bacteria-free
The great sponge-off
Cleanliness is next to godliness isn't just a trite saying, especially for the true blue beauty junkies. Besides knowing when to let go of makeup and skincare that are past its use-by date — which means cultivating a sense of un-attachment to your hoard — our tools also have to be spic and span in the interest of our beauty OCD tendencies. After all, you've only the one face, and unless you're hunky dory with bacteria ruining your complexion, the direct three-way correlation between beauty sponge hygiene, its product longevity, and good skin is one to take seriously.
Here's what you might not have known when it comes to makeup sponge maintenance, and why you ought to start making sanitisation a regular practice:
MAKE QUICK CLEANS THE NORM
You might bemoan 'ain't nobody got time for that' but cleaning your beauty sponges in-between uses helps prevent bacteria from getting its foot into the door, so to speak, as leftover product trapped within the sponge is prime breeding ground for mold and germs. To pull off a quick clean effortlessly, all you need is the new Instaclean from Beautyblender, which acts like a dry shampoo for sponges. It has a waterless formula that doesn't require rinsing, and all you have to do is spritz a quick one directly onto the sponge, and then wipe off on clean tissue after. It takes but mere seconds, so you've no excuse for grubby sponges anymore. Tip: Works fab on brushes too.
TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIRED
No, it's not overkill for your beauty blender to have its own protective case when you're on the go. The malleable nature of the sponge means it's prone to getting nicks, holes, and tears if it's tossed in wily nily with all your other beauty implements, and this damage will affect its performance. Not to mention all that lint and dust it'll pick up, especially if you're squashing your sponge into your makeup pouch while it's still damp. Enter the Blender Defender to help you prolong the shelf life of your blenders with its pill capsule-inspired design, which even comes with perforations to help with air-drying. Despite being portable, it's roomy enough to stores up to two wet sponges.
RE-WET AND REPLACE
Remember this version of R&R, because that's the golden catchphrase for beauty blenders. As they're aqua-activated, make sure you run it under the tap long enough for it to become thoroughly soaked before you start in on your face. And yes, we do mean every time you're cracking out your makeup, as the sponges would have dried out partially in the interim from when you last wet it. Just eye the size if you're unsure; a fully soaked blender is about twice as large as its dry state. You should also keep track of how long it's been in use, as regular cleaning and usage means it'll start losing its 'bounce'. Replace your beauty blender every three months or so to keep buffing away flawlessly.