We all know how important it is clean and wash our makeup brushes and sponges at least once a week to make sure our skin stays clear of breakouts and irritations. But, how often do you clean your makeup pouch? Never? Yeah, same here, except for that one time I dropped mine on the floor which caused my beloved bronzing palette to crumble into a powdery mess.
You’ll be grossed out (just as we were when we found out) to know that there’s a ton of bacteria lurking and multiplying in your makeup pouch. According to dermatologist Dr. Anjali Mahto, “makeup bags are a breeding ground for bacteria”. She explains, “Many laboratory-based tests where makeup items have been swabbed have shown the growth of all sorts of different microbes that can cause infection. We have done studies with outside labs and on average, 11 out of 25 products tested contained Staphylococcus aureus [a common cause of skin infections and food poisoning], Pseudomonas aeruginosa [which can trigger bloodstream infections and pneumonia], and E. coli.”
So, ladies! It’s high-time you cleaned up your makeup pouch. Take everything out of your pouch and use anti-bacterial wet wipes to clean every product as well as the inside of the pouch. We recommend doing this monthly. Take special care to clean your eyelash curlers and tweezers as often as your brushes and sponges (at least once a week!).