May 26, 2015
Ok, maybe it seems redundant that something bubbled up in facial cleanser several times a week should need a deep cleaning. Stick with me, I'll explain why, I'll show you how and last but not least, explain how you can save money on replacement brushes too! I love my Clarisonic! I procrastinated the initial investment but I've never regretted making the jump. I have mild rosacea, I use the oil cleanse method and my Clarisonic has been a great tool to keep my pores clean without irritation. I use it twice a week with dry skin but I feel it's an important deep clean for my face and neck. Keeping my pores clean and clear helps my moisturizer work better and my makeup go on smoother. It's been a godsend for my skin, really! Just like anything else, build up happens with extended use. In this case, the build up consists of dead skin, oil and soap residue which you don't want to push back into your pores. No worries, we got this! Trust your pure, anti-fungal essential oils (here's a big list) soap and vinegar to come to your rescue. Soap is used as a carrier for your essential oil, vinegar for clarifying the bristols and your anti-fungal EOs of choice like Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca or more to get in there and detox your brush of bacteria and fungus, the most important part!
Oh yes, I mentioned saving money on brush replacements didn't I, here's the deal. Several beauty professionals I know confided in keeping their brushes a much longer time than the manufacturer recommends, do you know why? The manufacturer assumes you're not going to clean your brushes! Prove them wrong and save money by taking this simple action, de-gunkifying your brush twice a month. All you need is a clinically proven anti-fungal like select pure essential oils, a little soap, vinegar and some elbow grease. FYI, my brush (soft) is almost 2 years old, I've saved tons of money!
The process is easy! Take your brush apart by twisting it off the base because you're going to soak and scrub each part. Be aware both the base and the brush can harbor bacteria and fungus. Add the following to approximately an 8 ounce bowl or 1/2 pint jar: + 1 teaspoon dish soap + 1 teaspoon vinegar (I prefer ACV but white will do just fine!) + 3 drops anti-fungal essential oils of your choice (I usually like Lavender and Lemon. Lemon is a nice little bristol brightener as well as an anti-fungal) + Very warm water Drop the brush in the warm water, next, turn the base brush component side down on top of the brush to soak as well. Leave them in the cleaning solution 3o minutes or so then give both a good brushing with an toothbrush or something similar. Rinse and put your Clarisonic back to work!
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