By Brit Hensel
Recently the internet has gone crazy because of a beauty video Kylie Jenner released where she was shown using a facial brush to apply her moisturizer. This beauty tutorial caused millions to ask, “Wait, should I be brushing in my moisturizer?” Turns out that this unconventional method of applying moisturizer is actually legitimate.
Using a brush to apply product is actually nothing new. There are plenty of brushes out there that are specifically designed to apply cleansers and moisturizers. Barbers have been using brushes to apply shaving creams for centuries! Using the right brush to apply product can help your skin in a number of ways, especially if you have acne prone skin.
For starters, our hands, specifically under the nails are not clean. If you are touching your face regularly, you could be causing more blemishes. Fingers can retain bacteria, dirt, and oils, which you don’t want on your face, especially if you are prone to acne. It makes sense that using our hands to apply anything to the face would be risky business. Secondly, the massaging action of the brush is good for the skin. It increases blood flow and promotes collagen production. Thirdly, the brush helps to apply the product evenly all over the face. It will help you get the most out of your product.
Before you rush out the door to purchase your brush, be sure that it is an antibacterial synthetic, nonabsorbent brush and be sure the tips of the brush hairs are non-abrasive to avoid causing damage to the skin. Remember, clean your brush often for best use.
Aside from brushing in your moisturizer, the simple fact of not touching your face is a big deal, especially for acne sufferers. Picking, covering, and touching the face can only lead to more damage. Challenge yourself to not touch your face for an entire week and see how much better your skin looks. Allowing your face to heal the blemishes you already have on its own will reduce scarring and prevent new blemishes from forming.
Keeping bacteria, dirt and grime away from your face is a bigger deal than we may think. Even holding your phone up to your face can add an element of bacteria to your skin. The best way to combat this is to be aware of what you are touching and to do your best to keep your hands clean. Ultimately, be kind to your skin and it will thank you.