Okay, so this week my skin has been going insane.
I have had weird pimples popping up in places I never even get pimples. Like right near my inner eye. Wtf?
I’m a nut about washing my face before bed, and my whole crazy skin routine.
The reason for the breakouts is, that, I have been committing the ultimate beauty sin.
Typically I don’t have issues with my complexion … between my diet, my water intake, and my DIY beauty insanity … I am usually good at pinpointing what is happening, if I am having issues.
For instance, if I have too much sugar one day, it is most-likely a little crater is going to pop up on my face somewhere.
If my period is coming, my chin may or may not breakout … depending on my self-defense ahead of time.
Don’t even get me started with what that does to my skin … learning to manage my stress levels was key to not letting them really effect me externally. (So when I get sick and my skin is breaking out I know it is a red flag that something has got to give.)
Luckily, I REALLY can’t complain. When I was a teenager and even into my 20s my face looked TERRIBLE. I had to get so many chemical treatments to try and clear up the zits. I even got some cystic acne on my back at one point, and had to get back facials.
Finally, I figured out that it was my diet, and I am sure age and hormones had something to do with it. I am happy that now at 35 my complexion is better than it was at 25!
The beauty tip I am going to give you today was something I have been slacking on, and I am paying for it!
This is a reminder for me as much as it is for you.
If you’re already doing this … then kudos!
If not, I am going to make it easy for you with TWO simple recipes.
My complexion going crazy, greasy, pimply, and my makeup just not going on nice at ALL this week was total motivation.
Here is goes.
CLEAN YOUR DAMN MAKEUP BRUSHES (and sponges)!
I am yelling at myself mostly.
It seems like such a stupid tip, but it is not. And I figured SOMEONE out there needed to hear it as much as me .. I mean, I need to take my own advice, and can’t even believe myself that I let this go.
Being a mom of two (three including the 70-pound forever puppy toddler), and being lucky if I remember what day it is, this crucial beauty maintenance must kind of fell under the radar.
A while back I made a quick DIY makeup cleaning spray that I used a few times a week, which I will share in a sec … but I kind of neglected it lately, and most importantly, I haven’t shampooed my brushes in MONTHS (sharing how to do that too).
Trust me, you need this. Even if you don’t use tons of makeup everyday, you NEED this!
Here is what happens when you don’t clean your brushes:
- Bacteria builds up on them. It is like a petri dish of microbes. SO gross, right? This makes for a breeding ground of bacteria that is not only on your brushes, but getting into your makeup every time you dip a brush into it!
- BREAKOUTS! That bacteria is one of the main causes of skin breakouts. That and the fact that the old, built-up bacteria filled makeup on those brushes will clog up your pores. I am cringing.
- Makeup looks like crap when the brush is dirty. Yup, that was the other issue. It won’t blend well, and it can look streaky or muddy. Not a good look (been there)!
- It ruins your brushes … maintain your makeup brushes by cleaning them regularly. Ideally do a quick spray after every other use and a good shampoo once a week. I got lazy with the shampooing because I hate waiting for them to dry. Your hairdryer is your friend in that case!
- Bad complexion … the clogged pores, the blotchy skin, that can all come from the above and make your complexion lack the glow you want.
Okay, so are you ready to get scrubbing?
You need Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Castile Soap in your life ASAP! I will be honest, for once in our lives it is cheaper at Whole Foods than it is on Amazon *but don’t tell either of them).
A huge 32-Ounce bottle was on sale this week for $8.99! It was double on Amazon last time I checked.
I added about 2 TBSP of Dr. Bronner’s, 3-5 drops of tea tree oil (I use Young Living) to about 1/4 cup of warm water (it doesn’t need to be exact, I eyeballed it), then dipped my brushes into the mix and shampooed them out, rinsed in more clean warm water, wiping them on a clean towel until there was no residue left.
Look at all of that yuck!
The brush cleaner spray is awesome to just keep with your makeup bag and clean your brushes with after each use to stay on top of it.
I love tea tree for its cleaning properties and lavender for its gentleness on the skin.
I reused an old makeup brush spray bottle I had, but you can use any 4-Ounce spray bottle. I always use amber glass bottles but like I said, I made this a while back and was trying to reuse and reduce waste!
For the spray, you want to generously squirt down a clean towel, then take your brush and wipe it in the wet area of the towel gently. Repeat this over and over until it is clean of any makeup.
A makeup artist friend taught me this probably 15 years ago! I always had a spray like this in my bag, especially if I shared brushes. I am super weird about sharing brushes unless I can clean them before and after.
Makeup Brush Cleaner (Spray) Recipe:
- one 4-Ounce spray bottle
- 3 teaspoons of alcohol or witch hazel
- 3-5 drops lavender essential oil (I use Young Living)
- 3-5 drops tea tree essential oil
- distilled water
Place alcohol and EOs in the bottle, fill the rest with distilled water, shake before each use! Done!
Side note: I use a small funnel ( <–like this one) I got on Amazon to fill DIY projects like this.
Makeup Brush Shampoo
- warm water
- tea tree essential oil (I use Young Living)
- Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented liquid castile soap
Add 3-5 drops of tea tree essential oils to roughly 2 TBSP of Dr. Bronner’s Unscented baby castile soap. Then add 1/4 cup of warm water to the mix. Dip brushes into the mix, and “shampoo” the bristled. Remake this as needed depending on how many makeup brushes you have. After you shampoo, run the brushes under warm water (not too rough), and wipe gently on a clean towel. Repeat until you do not see any more makeup residue.
Your brushes will be like brand new!
While you are at it, if you suffer from frequent break-outs … clean your pillow cases OFTEN and DON’T touch your face, I got these tips from my esthetician about 15 years ago and they help! Even if you think your hands are clean, there is still so much bacteria everywhere … keep it off of your face!
Have you been committing this beauty sin?
What do you have issues keeping up with?
I hope you enjoy your day, and these tips! Talk soon!