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The Truth About Your Brushes

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Makeup brushes should be replaced every six months. A thorough sanitizing every three uses is necessary to clean away the dirt and oils that have saturated the bristles. The hair on the brushes, if it’s natural hair from an animal,will literally, just like your own hair, saturate with bacteria that will then saturate into the actual follicle itself. Natural hair absorbs more bacteria than synthetic hair because it’s pure keratin, and synthetic hair has bristles that are more solid, so you have a better chance of disinfecting a synthetic brush than one made from natural hair. However, regardless of which one you use, even though you are cleaning the brushes, the process will still never completely eliminate all of the bacteria, and it will continue to deposit small amounts onto your skin with each use. This causes free-radical damage, which can then create some of your skin challenges, like acne, premature aging, or sagging skin. To avoid this cycle, find an affordable set of brushes that will allow you to replace them every six months without breaking your bank account.

 For over a decade, Scott-Vincent Borba has been a renowned innovator in the beauty category and has worked on such esteemed brands such as Hard Candy Cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson®, P&G/Wella-Sebastian, Shiseido/Joico, and Dr. Murad. 
Scott-Vincent helped found E.L.F. Cosmetics with the idea that quality color cosmetics shouldn’t be limited to high-end department stores.

Scott-Vincent has been a high-fashion model, TV personality and became a licensed aesthetician to further his credentials and experiences. He founded BORBA, and continues to use his creative thinking to push the envelopes of skin care as we know it.




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egirl1260 wrote:
1) 4/5/2011 3:33:39 PM
that's so cool! i'm glad ELF has had the chance to work with him :)
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metaphor26 wrote:
2) 4/5/2011 4:11:12 PM
A daily sanitizing spray should help though in between washes is what I've heard. I'm excited to try elf.'s new spray!
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nikki711 wrote:
3) 4/5/2011 9:33:18 PM
Try a daily brush cleanser to keep your brushes clean without spending to much time to wash them. If your doing a deep cleansing I sujest and soap espicially for brush cleaning or no more tears baby shampoo
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Courtney(: wrote:
4) 4/6/2011 7:23:23 PM
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1989 wrote:
5) 4/7/2011 5:49:05 PM
cant wait 2 try elf's spray
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chrissy_v wrote:
6) 4/7/2011 5:50:22 PM
totally in love wit elf :)
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missblueberry wrote:
7) 4/7/2011 5:52:23 PM
i use my sons baby shampoo to clean my brushes & it works great
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Lorena Bella wrote:
8) 4/11/2011 12:09:02 AM
I only recently learned about the importance of regularly cleaning makeup brushes. Glad I read this, good to know about the difference between natural and synthetic hair. Glad e.l.f has such affordable brushes so I will be able to replace them more often!
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Latinkookie wrote:
9) 4/11/2011 2:04:05 PM
Omg, I didn't know that!! Every six months really? Makes sense now that I think about it. Good to know, I'll be cleaning them more often and switching them out every 6 months. Great post!
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VolleyballGal wrote:
10) 4/11/2011 8:23:44 PM
Woooooow, I NEVER knew that. If you think about that it's actually pretty gross. I mean imagine never washing your hair and then wiping it all over your face! I'm gonna be sure to follow this advice because just thinking about it gives me the chills!
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kjbmakeup wrote:
11) 4/12/2011 8:23:02 AM
I've been a professional makeup artist for more than 25 yrs and this information is untrue and a scare tactic to make you buy brushes more often. If this is true, then I guess you should sanitize the hair on your head and shave it off every 6 months so it doesn't touch your face and cause free radical damage??? Seriously, I wish people would stop giving "advise" that's really just a marketing ploy. It's unprofessional and misleading.
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Esty/MUA wrote:
12) 4/12/2011 11:23:17 AM
"The hair on the brushes, if itís natural hair from an animal,will literally, just like your own hair, saturate with bacteria that will then saturate into the actual follicle itself." Really? This is literally impossible. How do I know you ask? I'm a Licensed Esthetician with advanced education in hair growth. So here's a mini lesson ... the hair follicle is what grows a hair and remains in the dermal layer of the skin. There are two ways to remove hair - but cutting the hair off, or by tweezing/pulling the hair from the follicle. When a hair is tweezed it is removed from the follicle and the follicle remains in the dermal layer of the skin and begins to grow a new hair. When removing hair, often the "bulb" is removed which indicates the hair was removed at the root and was not broken. Once the hair is removed with the bulb, the bulb dies and the hair is dead. Is this form of hair removal used to remove hair from animals for making brushes? No! The hair of the animal is cut or shaved off. Additionally, the only harm unsanitized brushes will cause to your skin is contributing to or worsening of acne. It will not cause free-radical damage. So clean your brushes weekly with a quality antibacterial cleanser to ensure you're not transferring bacteria to your skin. Also be sure to stand your brushes so that water drains out while drying. Final note to the blog writer - get your facts straight before spewing misinformation in order to scare customers into buying more products to boost your sales!
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lady shy wrote:
13) 4/15/2011 12:18:56 PM
i never knew that by cleaning them it will still leave a residue of bacteria
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Makeupirl123 wrote:
14) 4/20/2011 4:38:04 PM
The "truth?" I couldn't find ANY truth in this article! How interesting that a company who sells $1.00 (practically disposable) makeup brushes would recommend you replace them every 6 months. Maybe thats b/c the quality of ELF brushes forces you to replace every 6 months. This is bad for the environment-waste, anyone? and bad on the pocketbook...A good quality makeup brush can last many years, even a lifetime, if taken care of properly.
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A J MUA wrote:
15) 4/21/2011 4:36:50 AM
Thank you so much to have posted your name and face with this article so i know to stay away from you if i ever meet you and will keep away from whatever has your name on it. You helped found ELF and suggest to find a brand that sells affordable might as well use ELF name in the open. Your information have no ground, it is simply false and have the sole purpose of promoting elf cheap brushes, that being low quality will not last a life time, like good quality ones do. Such a pity to see how ELF would deliberately twist the truth to sell. Also your false information is leading to more waste, more junk to be disposed in the planet, how thoughtful and considerate of you! Disgusting. I have brushes from almost 10 years, so clean and bacteria free, you could use them to feed a baby!! I invite readers to disregard what is written in this article and ask any working make up artist, REAL information based of facts and no personal interest.
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diamond wrote:
16) 6/13/2011 9:38:50 PM
I have a couple of elf's brushes and I totally adore them especially the eyeshadow brush and the complexion brush their great so im glad that i finally got the shampoo to maintain their softness and most important their cleanliness.
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