Friday, March 30, 2012

Moms- Use Your Baby's Products!

Did you know...

Baby products are AWESOME for other adult cosmetic uses? Let me give you an example and you'll end up saving lots of MOOLAH in the process. Enjoy!

He's TOTALLY owning that mohawk! SWEET!

Baby Shampoo- While we love the shampoo for it's great sniffing qualities of our baby's heads, we also love it because it's tear free. I'll elaborate in a second. Ladies, use baby shampoo to clean your makeup brushes. Why? Here comes the science behind it. First, let's talk pH. Skin's natural pH on the scale of acidity is around 5.4 pH, while your tears are around 7.5 pH. Most shampoos are very basic in nature, basic being defined on the scale as ranging from 8 to 14. That's why there's all this hoopla surrounding the sulfates contained in shampoos these days. Bases are generally more foamy, meanwhile stripping your hair of its color and making your hair more porous.

While most baby shampoos (generally speaking) have lower amounts of Sodium Laureth Sulfate, they also happen to be hypoallergenic, tear free, and dye free, which are all good attributes for sensitive skin. Think about it. Your makeup brushes touch all over your face. So, if something is safe enough to keep you from tearing up, it's sure to be safe enough to slough all over your face. Don't use regular shampoo to clean your brushes because of the pH. As regular shampoo can strip your hair of its natural moisture, the same principle can be applied, because good makeup brushes are usually made of natural hair as well. The only reason that I would buy actual makeup brush shampoo is because it contains extra conditioners. I say don't waste your money on it.

Makeup brushes, as long as they're your personal stash, can be washed anywhere from every couple of weeks to a month. This depends on how oily your skin is.

Properly wash your brushes like this:
  1. Using water, make a lil' bath in your sink, being sure to include the baby shampoo.
  2. Put your brushes in and let them soak for a couple of minutes.
  3. Give special attention to all of the bristles.
  4. On REALLY dirty brushes, go ahead and squirt shampoo onto your hand and swirl the brush around.
  5. Rinse.
  6. Repeat until water runs clear, making sure to rid any color residue from the brush.
  7. Lightly squeeze the water out of your brushes, making sure not to pull too hard.
  8. Finally, lay your brushes flat on top of a towel or a bunch of paper towels to dry for about 12 hours.
NEVER leave brushes to dry upright in a cup, as this will ruin the ferrule of the brush- that's the part of your brush that holds the hair to the handle. Leaving to dry upright will not only loosen the glue, but will also harbor nasty bacteria.

Remember, any good ol' baby shampoo will work, generic brand, too!

My Faves:

for the pricepoint & smell

for the smell, available at Nordstrom


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