Monday, 13 April 2015

#AtoZChallenge: Keeping it clean!

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Be honest with me. No, not the cutesy smile, telling me what I want to hear kind of honest, the real nitty gritty, you’re probably going to be embarrassed by your answer honest. When was the last time you;

  • Cleaned your make up brushes?
  • Changed your pillowcase?
  • Cleaned the filter on your hairdryer?
  • Washed your hot cloth in a washing machine?
  • Cleaned your shower head?

Squirming in your seat yet? No? You should be.

All of the above harbour dead skin cells, germs, bacteria and other nasty little things that, when they come in contact with your skin, can cause acne breakouts.

Make-up Brushes and Cleansing Cloths

Make-up brushes should be spot cleaned after every use, i.e give them a wipe over with a baby wipe or some make-up remover on a cotton pad. Once a week, you should give them a really deep clean with warm water and either a brush cleaner or, my personal choice, some baby shampoo. Every time you use the brushes, if you haven’t cleaned them in-between uses, not only are you applying make-up, you’re re-applying dead skin cells and bacteria the brushes picked up last time. You’re then putting that crap back into your make-up every time you put your brush back into the palette. 

If you keep your brushes in a pot on the dresser, you should clean the brushes you haven’t used recently too, as they’ll have been sat a top your dresser collecting dust that you really don’t want to go putting on your face. 

The same goes for cleansing cloths. Even though you might be using them in hot water when you cleanse your face, they’re still picking up grime and debris every time your use them. I change mine out every 2 - 3 days, and replace them every couple of months. I wash them with my towels on a hot wash and they’re good to go!


When we sleep, our skin sheds, kind of like a snake. The cells regenerate, shiny new skin cells come to the surface and the old cells simply fall away and land where they may, usually in your sheets and pillowcases. This is the case for your entire body, not just your face. OH, and let’s not forget the tiny little dust mites that live in our bedding, feeding off the dead skin cells we’ve shedded. The dust mites are harmless, but we can be allergic to their faeces, and let’s face it, who wants to stick their face down every night into a bed of skin and poo?

Make sure you change your bedding at least once a week. Not only is fresh clean bedding the best feeling in the world, but you don't want to risk rubbing all that bacteria back into your skin. Don’t keep your bedding for donkeys years either, change up every once in a while an treat yourself to something new. Old, worn pillowcases could be irritating your skin. 

Hairdryer filters and shower heads.

Similar to pillowcases, these both harbour germs that could lead to breakouts and skin irritation. I try and clean the filter on my hairdryer at least once a month (that’s about as often as I can remember!). It’s exactly like cleaning the filter on the dryer, you’ll find it covered in a grey dust layer that simply wipes off. I remove the dust then give it a rinse under a little warm water, let it air-dry then pop it back into the hairdryer. I don’t much fancy blowing hot dusty germs all over my face, do you?

About once a week I give the bathroom a deep clean, this includes using an anti-bacterial bathroom cleaner on the shower head too. Spray, leave, wipe are the instructions on most brands. I love that squeaky clean feeing after a shower, but I don't want that water coming through bacteria ridden nozzles on the shower head! Nothing clean about that!

How many of you ran off half way through reading this and changed your bedding? 

Until next time,


  1. hiding behind hands, for the cleaning make up brushes and changing hair dryer filter....

    1. Quick, go clean them! I know my skin thanks me for it. I don't think I could ever go back to using a dirty brush again!

      Sarah :)

  2. Something I definitely need to work on! I have become better with the makeup brushes but for sure need to work on everything else!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    1. The other things probably are not as obvious as your brushes, especially the hairdryer filter! Sometimes the acne causes are not always as obvious as we think!

      Sarah :)