You have an array of skincare products that you use religiously. You brush after each meal and floss daily. Feeling pretty confident about your skincare habits, are ya? Well this may shake your confidence a little. Don’t worry, this is a judgment-free zone (and we won’t tell). There are a few things even you may be doing that you may want to correct – soon. Be forewarned: this is pretty gross stuff.
You can’t remember the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes.
Make up and oils can build up on your brushes, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. If you face keeps breaking out, this may be the culprit. Learn how to clean your makeup brushes properly and enjoy a clearer complexion.
For a quick fix, try Makeup Forever Instant Brush Cleanser
You don’t wash your sheets (or pillow cases) often enough.
Let’s say you get 7 hours of sleep a night. Over a day period you spend 49 hours between the sheets – and you leave behind body oil, sweat, drool, and dead skin cells. Now say you go two weeks between washing your sheets. That’s 98 hours of accumulation and build-up of some pretty gross stuff that can really undermine your skincare efforts. Bottom line, you need to wash your sheets and pillow cases once a week.
For a fabric friendly, skin friendly clean try Arm & Hammer Sensitive.
You share your makeup with your friend.
Your mother taught you to share, but she most likely did not mean for you to go this far. Swapping beauty products with your buds is a fun way to pass along infection, illness, and bacteria. Even tweezers and cuticle scissors should not be shared. Keep your germs to yourself and tell your friends to do the same.
Keep your beauty tools clean with a sterilizing tray.
You don’t wash your bra often enough.
Yes, skincare extends beyond the face and neck – and includes keeping the girls clean. When you don’t wash your bra as frequently as you should (experts say at least once a week – more if you sweat a lot) you are inviting some very gross stuff to happen in there. It accumulates fungi, yeast, microorganisms, dirt, oil, and bacteria. This can lead to acne, infection, and sores – on your breasts. It isn’t worth it, ladies, wash your bra on a regular basis.
Show a little love to your unmentionables with The Laundress Delicate Wash Laundry Detergent.
You don’t wash your face.
You come home late and you’re beat so you tumble into bed without washing your face. One night won’t do a whole lot of damage (change your pillow case in the morning though), but if you make it a habit you could be asking for trouble. It is a break out waiting to happen as oil and dirt are smeared over your face (and worked into your skin) while you sleep.
Stash some Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes in your bedside drawer for those times when you are too tired to wash your face.
So, what’s the moral of the story here? You may need to clean up your act.