Today’s Spa Skin and Beauty topic led by Esthetician and Spa Owner, Lindsey Holder is about how to clean your makeup brushes, how to clean your beauty tools, and how to clean your skincare tools. Us sisters, Ashley and Lindsey are so excited to share our skincare tips with you. We love a good clean! And organizing. We get so excited about ways to organize, as everything should have a happy home!

Let’s begin by cleaning up our makeup brushes!

Makeup brushes

1) Use Dr. Bronner’s pure Castille soap or another natural soap you love. Use a couple of drops with lukewarm water to protect your bristles. Swirl your brushes around and rinse. It’s also nice to use a silicone pad to have some friction while cleaning.

2) You can also do a double cleanse if needed by using out 2 tbsp. of distilled vinegar in water and do the same technique as above.

3) Air dry your brushes by placing them on the silicone mat to dry.

4) Try to wash your brushes once a week if they are used often to prevent bacteria and breakouts on your skin.

5) Don’t forget about those beauty blenders! I love to use an antimicrobial beauty blender. It is at a higher price point, but it’s worth it. We don’t want to spread bacteria all over our face.

Microneedle dermaroller: I love using this at home one, it is a must in your skincare routine! I talk about it all the time in my esthetician led skincare community, lapree beauty.

  1. Rinse off any residue
  2. Use 70% isopropyl alcohol spray. Leave on and for a few minutes and then rinse off. Alcohol dries really quickly. You can leave it on, but I prefer to rinse it off.
  3. I do a second cleanse by soaking a denture tablet into warm water for about 10 minutes and then rinse and air dry. I like to air dry on this silicone mat and I found some soft silicone round containers that are excellent to store the rollers in or store them in the case they came in.  You definitely want to store your derma roller to prevent dust from accumulating on the roller. Who wants to press dust into their skin? Um, no thank you.

Other items to clean with 70% isopropyl alcohol:

  1. Your razor if you shave your face. Get a cotton round and wipe the blade
  2. Your cold ice roller. Also clean with a cleanser about once a week. I love the Pink Color too and how it stays cold for a long time.
  3. Your makeup bag-how often do you clean that?? Think about all that bacteria just hanging out. Same with your purse pockets
  4. Your phone: I clean my phone every single day. It’s literally against your face every day so why would you not clean that? I just swipe a presoaked cotton rounds with alcohol and wipe it down. I also have a flip top sanitizer at my spa, but I really love this clean station. It’s pretty pricey but wow-it rids 99 % germs in 30 seconds, and you just slide your phone in the compartment. So easy!

* Clean your shower caps: toss those in the wash

* We all know to wash our sleeping pillows. Try to switch your cases over to make it last longer. PS – Here is Ashley and I’s favorite pillow case – you want a satin or silk pillowcase so your precious serums don’t get absorbed! If you use a normal cotton pillowcase it will absorb all of your skincare products. Also the satin pillowcase like this one, will help prevent wrinkles. The price is great too – so get a few because you need to wash them often – think every other night.

*One item very overlooked are your sleeping masks. I try to toss these in the wash once a week on the delicate cycle and air dry. It’s amazing how much stuff can build up on those over the week, including your skincare.  I like these eye masks because they are satin which is so great so that my eye creams will not be absorbed by the mask and they also prevent wrinkles from forming.

* Your microfiber towel to wash your face. Either try and use a different side of the microfiber towel or my favorite is using the small microfiber rounds that come in a large pack that you can use one per day. They have little slots on the back that you can put your finger in that I find easy to use. I love them so much! I use these everyday.

*Use a shower filter if possible if the water in your area is hard water. It can really affect your skin’s barrier and compromise it. Hard water contains high levels of minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which can be good for our bodies but not our skin. This is because these minerals may disrupt the skin’s protective barrier, acting like free radicals that promote the breakdown of collagen and leave our skin more vulnerable. This can lead to breakouts, clogged pores, dry skin, and irritation.  Hard water is filled with chemicals and metals that are harsh on your skin, which makes it harder for beauty products to get all the way washed off. The high mineral content in hard water essentially prevents your products from working and may cause changes to the pH of your skin. This change can cause your skin to become more acidic which can then lead to acne. 

How do you know if you have hard water? If you have Limescale, that is a huge indicator that you have hard water in your home. If your shower heads, shower doors, faucets, tubs, drains etc. get a grody white film that can drive a person mad to clean off…you’ve got hard water.

Another way to find out if you have water, if you see a film on your shower doors. So if that film is on your shower doors, it’s also left on your skin. If that film mixes with your skincare products it clogs your pores by increasing sebum production and causes sebum to become hard and waxy which makes hard water cause acne.

Chlorine and chloramine (chemical compounds of chlorine and ammonia ) is also added to kill disease-causing viruses, bacteria, and organisms and prevents the spread of water-borne illnesses. This is good to kill those but – chlorine is highly toxic. Usually chlorine and chloramines need a filtration system to remove them. 

There isn’t a lot of info./studies found on chloramines (but if chlorine is known as a skin irritant, the turnip doesn’t fall far the truck so to speak) but if you are having skin systems try using a filter and see if that helps. 

So what to do? Alternative: If you can’t change your filter, then use Micellar wash instead. This is the Micellar Wash that I use – I actually use this in the morning over my eyes and as the first step at night when doing a double cleanse!

* Make sure to clean your humidifier. Humidifiers are excellent for your skin, especially in the winter. They add moisture into the air, really helping out your dry skin. 

But not If not cleaning your humidifier properly, it’s doing more harm than good and could even cause respiratory problems. I prefer to use the Canopy humidifier as it doesn’t get mildew or moldy because the system keeps running until the water runs out. And they have a subscription service for their carbon filter. And a plus that you can break it apart and put it in the dishwasher. It is my absolute favorite humidifier and I have had it for a few years and it is still working wonderfully.

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and listening to this episode! This are some pretty important tips that I have learned over my 13 years of being a Master Esthetician and owning my own spa. I was happy to share them with you and hoped to have helped you, so you can be successful in your skincare journey.

Beauty Smiles,

Lindsey and Ashley | Spa Skin and Beauty Podcast

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