The Nasty Stuff That Happens to Your Skin When You Don’t Clean Your Makeup Brushes | Good Health Tips
Pop quiz: Would you ever put something covered in staph and bacteria on your face? Answer: You probably already are. Despite all the warnings to wash your makeup brushes on the regular, we’re willing to bet it’s been quite a while since those babies have had a bath (after all, who has the time?). But while you’re slacking on your cleaning routine, those brushes are gathering dust, dirt, and bacteria—which, until you wash off, you’re putting directly onto your face. Ew. Your bristles can get bombarded with any bacteria that has come into contact with your skin or contaminated your makeup (yet another reason not to lend your mascara to your bestie), but the most common germs are Staphylococcus and Streptococcus—the bad boys of the bacterial world responsible for staph infections and strep throat, says Sejal Shah, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. And all that nastiness that’s collected on your makeup brushes can do a number on your complexion. “You can actually have