30% of Brits would rather throw out makeup brushes than clean them

A new study has revealed that 30% of Brits would rather throw away their makeup brushes than clean them.

Research conducted by makeup brush cleaning brand Cinema Secrets examined the hygienic habits of makeup users in the UK and US. The data found that nearly three-quarters (74%) of the UK participants clean their makeup brushes less than the recommended amount, which is considerably less often than their US peers (60%).

In addition, nearly 20% of makeup users only clean their brushes less than once a year.

When it comes to age groups, Gen Z proved far more hygienic than their Millennial counterparts, with 38% of 16-24-year-olds washing their brushes at least monthly compared to just 20% of those aged 25-34.

Jessica Stein, Education Manager at Cinema Secrets (and granddaughter of founder Maurice) adds: “Having clean brushes is important because it prevents the build-up of dirt, oil, and other debris that can gather on your makeup brushes, transferring back and forth with your skin. You wash your hands, you wash your face, why wouldn't you wash your brushes? I consider washing my brushes as part of my skincare routine because it is a preventative measure for acne-causing bacteria and other types of skin irritants.”

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