Facial Sponges in Skin Care
Facial sponges can be a beneficial addition to any beauty regimen or skin care kit, and have a number of uses. For example, these sponges can help to draw dead skin and old cosmetics away from the skin, stimulate the growth of new cells, and even lightly exfoliate the skin to prepare it for a steaming or for a deep-cleansing wash. Facial sponges are also relatively inexpensive and convenient, and the material they are made of provides users with greater absorption than they would achieve with regular face cloths. However, there are also some dangers that come with using these products that may harm the skin if they are used improperly. If you’d like to see how to use facial sponges safely, you may want to visit the makeup counter at your local department store for a free demonstration (hey, you might get some free samples too!).
Using Facial Sponges
Facial sponges come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they are most commonly round and the diameter slightly less than that of 2-4 inches. They are generally used for cleansing the skin in order to remove old makeup, dead skin cells, and to stimulate the blood flow to the epidermis. In many cases facial sponges are also used to apply cosmetics and other skin care products in a way that reduces the spread of bacteria that may be present on hands or reusable makeup brushes. These sponges are usually highly absorbent and tend to soak in more dirt and old makeup from the skin than cotton cloths, giving them the ability to unclog pores and prevent acne. While you should follow the instructions on your facial sponge’s packaging, there are several tips to remember to ensure optimal results.
When you open a pack of facial sponges for the first time, rinse them out several times before you use them. This will ensure that any dust or debris from the processing center, which may have settled onto the sponge before it was packaged, is washed away. Be sure to let it dry, and stand it on its end instead of letting it lie flat to reduce the surface area that is exposed to potential dirt and dust on your bathroom counter. When the sponge is ready, allow it to absorb water, wring it out, and then gently work it over your face in circles from the sides of your nose inward. Be sure to work over areas with the facial sponges where you apply makeup, so that the material can absorb any artificial chemicals from the skin. The massaging motions will stimulate new skin growth and is an important step in deep-down facial cleansing.
The Dangers of Facial Sponges
Facial sponges are a double-edged sword, because they can harbor fungus and bacteria if they are not cared for properly. While most sponges are designed to last about 90 days, inspect yours carefully after each use. Look for tears, discoloration, and holes. If you notice any of these, replace the sponge immediately, as you may be damaging your skin otherwise with harmful bacteria that can grow inside the sponge material. Always make sure to wring out your sponge and allow it to dry at room temperature before you use it again. Never store wet facial sponges in a damp, enclosed place, as this encourages the growth of mold and bacteria. While it is natural for facial sponges to break down after many uses, storing them properly will make them last longer.
If you fail to store your sponges or clean them properly, the bacteria and fungi that build up on their surface can spread to your skin. This may cause a number of problems such as infection, redness, swelling, and even breakouts. Be sure and change your sponge out as often as possible and never allow other people to use your facial sponges, just like you would never allow anyone to use your toothbrush. While using facial sponges may benefit the whole family, each family member should have his or her own sponge in order to keep their beauty and skin care regimen as hygienic as possible.