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.