How long have you been using makeup puffs? how to wash?

Puffs and makeup brushes. Have you been using it since you bought it? In the 5th beauty course, we will tell you how to wash the foundation puff and how to wash the brush, which are prone to become a nest of bacteria and mold. I also learned about cosmetics hygiene that I should know.

Are you using an old puff?

Table of contents

  • The foundation puff was a den of bacteria and mold!?
  • When used buffs are cultured, they become full of mold.
  • Wash the makeup sponge once every two weeks with a neutral detergent.
  • Makeup brushes should also be washed.
  • Not just puffs! Watch out for bacteria on your fingertips
  • Don’t forget to check the pump when refilling.

The foundation puff was a den of bacteria and mold!?

How to wash the foundation puff

How dirty do you think your makeup sponge will get if you keep using it? I would like to introduce the results of research I conducted at the FCG Research Institute, where I serve as an advisor, as they were a bit shocking.

20,000 (!) Bacteria were detected in one powder foundation puff after two weeks of use. In addition, when we examined 10 puffs ranging from unwashed puffs to those that had been washed and used, with a period of use ranging from two weeks to a year, we detected a large amount of mold dispersed in the soil and house dust from all of the puffs. rice field.

This is because the mold spores attached to the face in daily life migrated to the puff and propagated. The puff is not only a foundation, but also a home for mold that has sebum and sweat on your skin. By using that puff, you run the risk of applying mold to your face without knowing it.

When used buffs are cultured, they become full of mold.

A species of the genus blister that was detected from puffs, adhered to a plate medium for mold isolation, and then separated by secondary culture (Source: FCG LABO 1994 
No.104) Japanese name: blister beetle Scientific name: Tricoderma viride ) Photo provided by Dr. Yuji Kawakami, Director of FCG Research Institute Co., Ltd.

cultured blister



Wash the makeup sponge once every two weeks with a neutral detergent.

It may have been a little shocking story from the beginning, and it may have been pulled.

However, even though makeup is meant to make you look beautiful, if you apply fungus or mold to your face, you’re putting the cart before the horse. From here, I will talk about how to keep the makeup sponge sanitary.

Regularly wash and replace the makeup sponge, which has antibacterial and antifungal effects.

Many of today’s makeup sponges are antibacterial and antifungal to suppress the growth of bacteria. However, the effect will change depending on the usage situation. Wash any makeup sponge with a mild dish soap every two weeks .

We do not recommend using alkaline detergents such as soap, disinfectants, or bleaches, as this will reduce the antibacterial and antifungal effects of the makeup sponge and damage the material. The make-up sponge will also harden and feel worse. After washing, if you leave it half-dried, bacteria and mold will easily grow, so be sure to dry it thoroughly from the inside.

If you wash and use it repeatedly and feel that the makeup sponge has become uncomfortable, replace it with a new one. Ideally, use the front and back and replace it with a new one when it gets dirty. There are many inexpensive and easy-to-use makeup sponges available today, so if you find it troublesome to wash them, we recommend that you replace them every two weeks.

Makeup brushes should also be washed.

If you are applying foundation with a brush , wash the brush with a neutral detergent once every two weeks . This care is the same for other makeup brushes.

Mold dispersed in the air, and sebum that comes into contact with the skin. It doesn’t need to be washed as often as the puff, but you should wash it regularly to keep it clean. For those of you who don’t have time to wash your makeup brushes, it would be a good idea to use a makeup brush cleaner.

Ipsa Makeup Brush Cleaner

Just wipe the brush with a tissue soaked with cleaner! Since it dries quickly, the brush can be used immediately after wiping with the cleaner.
IPSA Brush Cleaner 50ml ¥1,500 (excluding tax/IPSA Customer Service 0120-523543)

Not just puffs! Watch out for bacteria on your fingertips

By the way, most people of the “halmek” generation know that there are many bacteria that live on the fingertips.

I think you wash your hands properly when you cook, but what about before skin care?

Basically, I often apply skin care immediately after washing my face, so I don’t think it’s much of a problem. However, it is a bit of a problem to put your finger directly into the container when taking cream or the like.

Remove creams with a clean spatula and apply to skin.

If you put your finger in the container, you will put the dirt and bacteria attached to your fingertip into the container. Be sure to take the cream with a spatula and put it on your skin. Of course the spatula is clean! Wipe or wash after use and don’t leave it out. It’s even better if you clean the spatula before using it.

There’s another reason I don’t recommend using your fingers to apply the cream. If your nails are a little long, the cream will accumulate on the underside of your nails. Don’t you put it on your skin because it’s a waste? I really understand how you feel (laughs), but you really should stop doing this. The underside of the nail is very dirty. Along with the cream, you run the risk of getting dirt and bacteria on your face.

Don’t forget to check the pump when refilling.

Currently, the number of refillable skin care products is increasing. Eco-friendly as well as economical! On top of that, it is hygienic because you can replace the whole pack inside the container, so I think many people are using it. But don’t forget to check the pump for dirt when you refill. If the product is stuck to the tip of the pump (outlet part), bacteria and mold may be attached there. Do not continue to use a dirty pump.

The longer it is left unclean, the more unsanitary it becomes. People who rarely wear foundation should be careful not to leave makeup sponges and puffs dirty! Also, people who wear it every day tend to get dirty little by little, so they tend to feel less dirty. Skin care to make your skin healthy, makeup to make you beautiful. You’ve smeared dirt, bacteria, and mold on your face… Clean up the items you use so you don’t have to. Please take care of yourself.

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