A Handy Guide to Makeup Hygiene and Removal

Makeup is a great tool for enhancing your natural features and helping you to feel strong, confident and happy in your everyday life.

However, when you fail to maintain proper makeup hygiene, you fail to keep your skin healthy. This can then lead to a whole host of problems, including irritation, breakouts, and accelerated aging.

Not sure how you can take care of makeup products and removal to ensure that your skin looks and feels its best? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered with our short but sweet guide.

Replace Expired Makeup Items

First things first, check the expiration dates of your makeup products regularly. 

Most beauty products have an open jar symbol on their labels, which tells you how long the item will last once it’s been opened before it expires. For example, this could be anything from six months to 24 months.

However, the US currently doesn't require cosmetics to have an expiration date. Even so, you should consider throwing out old makeup items.

Why? Well, the truth is, old makeup products can lose their texture the longer you use them past their expiry date. They can also start to harbor bacteria, causing irritation, infections, or acne. (Not good!)

As a good rule of thumb, here’s when to replace specific makeup items:

  • Lipsticks—one year
  • Face products like foundation, primer, and blush—two years
  • Eyeshadow—two years
  • Pencil eyeliner—one year
  • Liquid eyeliner—three months
  • Mascara—three months

As well as a changed texture, one of the surefire ways to tell if a particular cosmetic has expired is by smelling it. If it has a strange odor or smells off, throw it in the trash and don’t look back.


Clean Your Makeup Brushes Regularly

Cleaning your makeup brushes consistently is a great way to maintain good skin health.

Over time, brushes accumulate bacteria, dead skin cells, and oil, clogging your pores and leading to dull or blemished skin. By cleansing your brushes, you will reduce spreading acne-causing bacteria on your skin and apply makeup better. Win-win!

To clean your makeup brushes thoroughly, follow these top tips:

  • Wet the bristles with lukewarm water
  • Place a drop of cleanser, soap, baby shampoo, dish soap or makeup brush cleanser into the palm of your clean hand
  • Massage the tips of the bristles in your palm
  • Rinse the bristles and squeeze out any excess moisture with a towel
  • Let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter so that it re-forms into its original shape

Repeat this process at least once a month to reap the benefits.

Wash Off Your Makeup Properly

Lastly, removing dead cells, dirt and microbes from the surface of your skin is key to good hygiene. Even though we’re all guilty of falling asleep in our makeup (especially after a hectic day), it’s important not to do this.

Instead, wash off your makeup with a cotton pad soaked in micellar water or your daily cleanser. Avoid using makeup wipes because they contain harsh chemicals that can disrupt the pH balance of your skin.

In fact, using a facial cleansing massager is effective in deep-cleaning your pores once you’ve removed makeup. Which face massager is best? Try a sonic facial cleansing massager like meejee that will use small vibrational pulses to break up impurities beneath the surface of your skin, loosen them, and ultimately wash them away.

Regarding how to use a face massager brush, simply follow these steps:

  • Wet your face, your facial cleansing massage brush, and apply cleanser to either your face or the brush
  • Turn the power on and adjust the sonic pulse intensity accordingly
  • Cleanse using circular motions
  • Rinse and dry your face and the brush

Easy-peasy, right?


The Takeaway

At the end of the day, we enjoy using makeup to conceal skin issues and boost our self-esteem—and there’s no way we’d want to be without it.

That said, these tips will help you to maintain good makeup hygiene, thus extending the life of your cosmetics and preventing skin problems later on down the line.