If you follow a facial cleansing routine, it is also important to have a routine for taking care of all your makeup accessories in order to make the most of them and to make them last longer. Sponges arethe accessories that tend to get dirtiest and you can see it straight away. If you saw the inside of a sponge, you’d be surprised how much makeup accumulates there if they are not washed frequently.
The remains of foundation or concealer that stay behind in sponges for a long time can cause spots, rashes and skin irritation. And it’s not only makeup that accumulates inside sponges, but also dead skin cells, oils and even bacteria. If they are not regularly cleaned, these remains end up on your face again and your makeup will not look as good as expected.
With a proper cleaning routine, you can avoid these problems and keep your sponges for longer, as well as keeping your pores free of impurities.
Ideally, they should be washed after each use, but sometimes we are in too much of a hurry. At least once a week is essential, it also depends on whether they are used daily or not. It is actually a very quick and simple process:
Moisten the sponge with cold water and put a few drops of neutral soap, baby shampoo or a specific cleanser on it.
Press gently several times to introduce the soap into the centre of the sponge.
Rinse it untilthe water comes out completely clear. Let it dry in a well-ventilated place. Never close it in a drawer orairtight container.
If you have washed several sponges you can put them in a net bag and hang them up to dry, avoiding direct sunlight.
In case the sponges have stubborn stains, you can submerge them overnight in a recipient with warm water and a specific liquid cleanser or neutral soap and rinse them out the next day. Avoid dishwashing liquid or house cleaning products, as they will affect the texture of the sponge and, if they stay inside it, they could possibly cause skin irritation.
Neither is it recommendable to boil sponges, as high temperatures may affect their structure and they may fall to pieces.
Finally, if you notice that your sponge leaves small pieces behind or is beginning to break up, it is time to change it. It is a small investment that you will notice a lot in the results of your makeup.