Oh Lord, survey shows foundation brushes carry more bacteria than toilet seat swabs!

by Rose Barrett
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ARRRRGhh…. Dr Bonner survey shows that foundation brushes carried more bacteria than swabs taken from toilet seats!

Seriously, when is the last time you washed or cleaned your foundation brushes, your blusher brushed or your ‘touch up’ eye brushes or pads. Considering the care we take in terms of eye make-up removal, face cleansers and toners, black head strips, ear buds, etc, I’m truly shocked to realise I’ve never cleaned a make-up brush of any kind!

Photo Lazar Gugleta

I regularly wash the soft sponge in my foundation case but it has NEVER occurred to me wash/clean my make up accessory brushes. I’m cringing here at the state of my dressing table and make up bags!

Since being introduced into Ireland, Dr Bronner’s ‘18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure Castile Soap’, has become the go to product to clean make up brushes for many of Irelands best known MUAs (make-up artists).  

Results from a recent study which involved comparing swabs taken from clean and unclean foundation brushes after two weeks of use to a swab taken from a toilet seat showed that the unclean brushes were found to have more bacteria on them!

The survey conducted by Spectrum Collections found that 40 per cent of respondents only clean their brushes every two weeks.

Well, good for them because this author just replaces them annually when with pharmacy specials or seasonal discounts. I’m cringing here at the thought of the bacteria thriving in my brushes – the cat brushes are probably cleaner than my make-up brushes, ugh!

To avoid transferring bacteria back onto the face during make-up application cosmetic scientist Carly Musleh advises cleaning brushes more frequently.

 Dr Bronner’s range is stocked in health stores and selected pharmacies across Dublin andnationwide and can also be purchased online at www.healthybuzz.ie, with 10 per cent off across the entire range this month. 472ml bottle RRP €15.95.

Dr Bronner’s has been certified Fair Trade for all major raw materials (representing over 95per cent of annual agricultural volume) by the respected Swiss Certifier IMO and is certified Under the USDA National Organic Programme which assures consumers of the the organic integrity of organically labeled products. No products are tested on animals. Dr Bronner’s has also obtained vegan certification from Vegan Action for all offerings and that contain no animal-derived ingredients (excludes lip and body balms). The company is registered with the Vegan Society in the UK.

Feature image: my dressing table!!!

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