We get it. The new year has you itching to start afresh in all aspects of your life; get your fitness routine (or lack thereof) back on track, eat more fiber, text back faster, and replace. all. the. things. Our New Year’s resolution this year is to be proactive in our beauty routine and replace the tools that we just never seem to get around to. Here are the five beauty tools you should RUN– don’t walk- to replace in the New Year.
1. Brush Heads
Ok, this might sound as redundant as dusting the vacuum, but brush heads harbor bacteria just like our toothbrush, both between bristles and under the brush itself. You should ideally be replacing your head every 3-6 months. So if it’s been a while, make your resolution to toss the old head and say hello to a new spinner. Your skin (and your Clarisonic) will thank you.
2. Hair Dryers
Believe it or not, our blow dryers have a shelf life of two to five years, depending on how often you use it. If it sparks when you plug it in, you constantly need to reset it, or you’re noticing a strange smell, it might be time to say Au Revoir. Plus, you’re supposed to be cleaning the lint trap, just like your dryer. If you haven’t been, it might be time to start anew. Think of it this way: overworked tools mean overheated strands. (No thx.)
3. Beauty Blenders
You’ve seen the video- slice these bad boys open and let the mold commence. Unless, that is, you replace them often enough. Beauty Blenders are not only filled with oils and makeup; they’re also filled with dead skin cells, which is essentially a bacterias’s dream. Uggghhhhh. Just replace them. Often.
4. Eyelash Curler Pads
Breathe a sigh of relief; more important than tossing that Sheiseido lash curler is replacing the lash pad between the clamps. Even if you remember to wash the pads, they can still act as a breeding ground for bacteria- not to mention your lashes won’t curl as well.
5. Makeup Brushes
If your brushes live in your bathroom, chances are they’ve picked up extra bacteria between washes. (We’ll let that sink in.) If your brushes are misshapen, can’t ever seem to get totally clean, or have loose handles, it’s time to toss them. Even the smallest cracks can house bacteria. When you replace your brush set, be sure to move them to a pretty spot, like your bedroom.