It is necessary to keep the sponge clean always. Otherwise, there will appear the redness, exfoliation, and skin irritation.
If you use the sponge every day, there appear and accumulate the foundation excess, dust and particles of the skin grease on its surface. This creates favorable conditions for the development and generation of bacteria, which can easily be carried by a dirty applicator into a cosmetic product. Therefore, it is important to know how to wash the sponge and where to keep it, in order to extend the service life.
How to clear the sponge from the foundation
The cosmetic stores offer a large selection of professional cleaning products for makeup tools. But you can always use improvised means. At home, you can clean the sponge from the foundation by using a solid or liquid soap, baby shampoo, facial cleanser, olive or almond oil. Let us consider how to wash the sponge with the liquid soap or a shampoo:
- Fill a small container or sink with warm water.
- Add some liquid soap and mix well. Due to its delicate texture, the product carefully cleans the applicator from the dirt.
- To disinfect the sponge, drip into the water a few drops of the essential oil of tea tree.
- Rub the sponge between your fingers until completely cleansed. You can also just put it in the water and leave it there for 5 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly under running water and squeeze well. Make sure that there is no soap left on the surface of the sponge. Otherwise, it will cause skin irritation.
- Let the applicator dry completely at room temperature.
If you cannot stand the liquid soap, it is recommended to replace it with the hypoallergenic shampoo for babies.
How to clear the sponge from powder
A hard soap can help to clear the makeup sponge. It is better to choose the baby’s or the antibacterial one; the most important thing is that it should be odorless. Moisten the sponge with warm water, and then gently lather its surface. It is important not to rub the applicator so that it does not tear. Then carefully wash off the soap under running water, squeeze it and leave to dry on a clean towel.
How to wash the sponge correctly if the majority of the cosmetic products have a grease texture? To do this, buy a vegetable oil. Olive, almond or coconut will do the best. Pour a small amount of oil on the palm and massage it into the sponge. After this, thoroughly wash in the warm soapy water, and then under running water. Squeeze well and let it dry for about 6 hours. Drying on a battery or with the hairdryer is not recommended. Also, do not use aggressive cleaning products. Sponge will be spoiled and may cause an allergic reaction.
How often you need to wash the sponge
The frequency of the sponge washing depends on the intensity of use and storage conditions. It is better to keep the sponge in a special case, clean paper bag or an envelope. Leaving it in the bathroom is not worth it. The increased humidity creates perfect conditions for the generation of bacteria. The powder applicators should be kept in a powder compartment.
Make sure to wash the sponge from a foundation or a dense corrector after each usage. The repeated use of it will not give an even coating and will cause irritation of the skin. Powder puffs and sponges should be cleaned at least once a week. It is recommended to buy new applicators every month.