How to clean and sanitise your beauty products during COVID-19 pandemic (and always)

Better safe than sorry!

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We’re only three months in 2020, and it’s safe to say that all our hopes and dreams for the year, at least the first half, have been more-or-less dashed thanks to the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. South Africa, with rising numbers of those who have contracted the disease, is about to go into a 21-day lockdown to try and prevent its spread. People have, naturally, become more hygiene-conscious over the last few weeks. And while we’re in solitary, maybe it’s time to give our beauty products a much-needed sanitising sesh.


Cleaning your cosmetics

We all know that we should be cleaning our beauty products and tools on the regular, but since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, we should really be taking hygiene – especially of things that come into contact with our faces – more seriously. Experts have said that COVID-19 can live on surfaces for anything from two hours to nine days depending on the material. And since most of us are probs doing a lot of this RN…


… there is no excuse to not give your beauty products a once-over. Better safe than sorry!

Cleaning your palettes

So how early on do you sanitise a makeup palette without ruining it? Glad you ask. One local MUA has a genius hack, where she wraps a wipe around a flat-lidded container and swipes this over the palette to pick up any stray debris. She then finishes it off by misting some rubbing alcohol over the palette to bust any residual germs. Genius!

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this is a quick and easy hack on how to clean and disinfect your eyeshadow palettes – great for makeup artists and literally anyone else! I used @johnsons_skincare daily essentials cleansing wipes for all skin types, any flat top component and some disinfect spray. Palettes in Order of appearance: @anastasiabeverlyhills prism palette @morphebrushes 39A @morphebrushes James Charles Palette @bperfectcosmetics Carnival XL Pro @staceymariemua @kyliecosmetics x Balmain Palette @pinkyrosecosmetics Bright Lights Palette @badhabitcosmetics Artistry 2 Palette #plouise #anastasiabeverlyhills #benefitbrows #brian_champagne #underratedmuas #daretocreate #fakeupfix #wakeupandmakeup #hairmakeupdiary #makeupofinstagram #makeupfanatic1 #makeupobsessed #softgirl #pastelmakeup #bretmansvanity #makegirlz #universodamaquiagem_oficial #hoodedeyesmakeup #euphoriamakeup

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Cleaning everything else

But what about the rest of your skincare and makeup stash? It is advised that you scoop products out of tubs using spatulas rather than your fingers, regardless of whether or not you have washed them for the recommended 40 – 60 seconds. You can also use detergent wipes to give all your beauty products and cases a good wipe down. As for your makeup brushes and sponges, these should be washed once a week, but you can also give them a gentle spritz of rubbing alcohol to make sure that they are germ-free.

PSA (which should go without saying): we reeealllllly shouldn’t be sharing beauty products, like, ever. But don’t even think about it over the next few months. Sharing is definitely *not* caring when life-threatening viruses are involved.

Stay safe, y’all!

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