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Beauty Things You Probably Aren't Cleaning But Really Should

Do it for yourself!

We’re constantly reminded to wash our makeup brushes to save our skin from breakouts and infections. But did you ever think of your other beauty tools? You do realize that they, too, are breeding grounds for bacteria that could also lead to nasty infections. Here, some tools you probably haven’t cleaned since…ever, and how to disinfect them:

1. Tweezers

Whenever you pull a hair out of your skin, it sheds a bit of blood. So bodily fluids do get transferred onto there. Make it a habit to wipe down your tweezers with alcohol—soaking them will work too—and storing them in sterilized bags.

2. Lash curler

Notice the black gunk that’s left on your lash curler? That’s excess product from your mascara, lash glue, or eyeliner. Use disinfecting wipes or a cotton pad with alcohol to remove leftover gunk. Also, make sure to change the rubber pad on your curler every three to six months.

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3. Sharpener

Every after use, use a cotton swab to get rid of any product that’s left on your sharpener. It’s also better to get those that come with covers, so they don't collect as much dirt.

4. Sponges

Sponges are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning beauty tools. However, it’s important to know that they are one of the sneakiest culprits of skin problems, especially since they absorb liquid and cream products. Ideally, you should throw away your sponges after every use. However, if you want to prolong the life—one month, tops!—of what you’re using, wash it regularly with either baby shampoo or brush cleaner and then let it air-dry completely.

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5. Kikay Kit

Yes, your kikay kit deserves a good cleaning, too! After all, it carries products that touch your face and eyes. Every week, empty out your kit and sterilize the bag with disinfecting wipes. If it's a cloth case, pop it in the washing machine. The last thing you want is to carry around a bacteria-filled bag.

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