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So why should we clean our brushes with Tea tree oil? Well lets learn the background of Tea Tree Oil, what it is and what it does. According to Wikipedia…
“Tea tree oil (TTO), or melaleuca oil, is an this with a fresh camphoraceous odor and a color that ranges from pale yellow to nearly colorless and clear. It is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.
Tea tree oil has been claimed to be useful for treating a wide variety of medical conditions. It shows some promise as an antimicrobial. Tea tree oil may be effective in a variety of dermatologic conditions including dandruff, acne, lice, herpes, and other skin infections.“ (read more about Tea Tree Oil this)
So we know that Tea Tree is known to kill bacteria and help with infections, how does it help with cleaning our brushes? Well believe it or not our brushes are infested with nasty stuff from everyday use. When you use your brushes not only do they collect the dead skin from your face but they also collect the oil from your face. Over time if you do not wash your brushes that bacteria can build up and cause infections. Are you grossed out as I am yet?
Cleaning your makeup brushes with Tea Tree Oil is not only a cleaner and a safer way to clean them, but it’s also easier on our wallets! (YAY!) Note: You can add a drop or two of lavender oil to make them smell nice!
Cleaning your brushes isn’t rocket science, I just pour the baby shampoo and 3 drops of Tea Tree oil with lukewarm water into my bowl. I swirl the brush around a bit in the bowl then I clean them with this Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove to really get all the gunk out. The reason why I use this glove is because of the technology behind it and the groves they have in them really allow you to get a deep clean, but without ruining your brushes. After I rinse my brushes, I use the shape side (of the glove) to remove the excess water and to shape them back to normal. I then, lay them flat to dry overnight and in the morning they are as good as new! Please do make sure that your brushes are COMPLETELY dry before using them again.
Most of my brushes (knock-offs) were bought from an eBay account in Japan. Although they do work fine, they are not the best. Shop my top picks (and the ones that I do have and love) below.
Stay tuned for a DIY hair mask tomorrow along with my beachy wave tutorial! Have a great day!