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New Piercing Aftercare

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So you’ve got a new piercing, eh? That hurt a bit didn’t it? What most of you don’t know about punching new pieces of metal through your skin is the importance of the aftercare. There is nothing worse than having to get pieces of metal surgically removed from grotesquely infected skin….sorry to gross you out folks, but it can happen. So you NEED to know how to care for your pricey, painful new additions.

I’ve had a few piercings throughout the years and have cared for each and every one of them a different way; all of which have worked. I’ve never experienced any infection nor had any keloid bumps or inflammation. So here are the different ways to treat your piercings:

Witch Hazel: This is the ‘good for all types of cuts and abrasions’ type of product. Witch Hazel is a natural astringent, it can fade bruises and blemishes, it can brighten your dark eyes, sooth irritated skin after hair removal, sooth haemorrhoids, etc. etc. I could keep going. It’s miracle liquid in a bottle. For one of my first big piercings, an industrial bar through the top of my ear, I chose this method of aftercare, wetting a q-tip with witch hazel and carefully cleaning around the piercing site.

Saline Solution: Either store-bought saline solution, or even homemade. Saline Solution is part iodized salt, part warm water. Many of the piercing aftercare solutions that piercers will try to sell you are just that, maybe with a little antibacterial products as well. For my most recent rook piercing I used coarse sea salt in warm water, and I used store-bought ‘Dr. Piercing Aftercare’ when I got my nose pierced. Both equally as effective.

Soap: If you’re going to use a simple soap-and-water routine, then make sure it’s a mild, colour-free, fragrence-free, liquid antibacterial soap. I would still try to use a q-tip or cotton pad when applying the soap directly on the piercing to prevent oils from your hands infecting the sensitive area, then rinse off with water.

Remember to clean your piercing once a day. Start by washing your hands, and using a q-tip when actually touching the piercing location. For certain, more adventurous piercing (which I don’t have as much experience with), you should follow the piercers instructions, since they’ll probably be a little more in-depth than these instructions. Don’t try to clean it too  much, or you’ll risk irritating the piercing.

If you ever experience a Keloid, a small, hard bump on, or near, the piercing area don’t freak out! But don’t try to get rid of it by piercing, ‘popping’ or scratching. Crush a small, white, ibuprofen until its a powder, then mix with water to make a paste. Smear the paste on the bump then wash away once hardened. Do this once a day until healed.

And once healed, enjoy!! I love piercings! So much fun, kinda rebellious, and not as permanent as a tattoo. How have you taken care of your piercings?

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly – Brush Cleaning

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How can you be picky with brush cleaning? If the product cleans your brushes then you should be happy with it! Yet if the product claims to be a brush shampoo and the best for cleaning brushes… yet doesn’t come through, I’m gonna have something to say about it! Here is my journey to discover the right product for properly and thoroughly cleaning my brushes:

I’ll admit that I was really bad at cleaning brushes until recently (as in: I didn’t do it at all). My brushes were gross and just felt dirty every time I put them against my face. So it was time for some action! Time to become educated in the realm of brush cleansing! So during a shopping trip with some friends about 6 months ago I picked myself up a bottle of Sephora Makeup Brush Shampoo. With great anticipation I finally set out to clean my brushes, creating an entire assembly line of wash, rinse, and dry at my bathroom sink…..only to be sorely disappointed with the outcome. Although my brushes were cleaner, they were not completely clean. So I tried again, and again, each time using more shampoo…thinking that maybe I hadn’t used enough. But my brushes were never perfectly clean, and my rather small $9 bottle was withering away with very few results.

I decided one day to try something new. My roommate at the time suggested a mix of dish soap and olive oil, and my research agreed (on Pinterest… not always a reliable source). So I went at it, only to have greasy oily brushes no matter how much I rinsed them out.

By the end of these cleansing attempts I was frustrated and had a plan to start fresh and buy new brushes. My cleansing had gone so poorly I wanted to throw all of my brushes in the garbage. But how does one do something like that on a budget?! I can’t afford to buy a whole new brush collection!! So it was time to take matters into my own hands. Ignore all the suggestions I’m getting online and from friends. Lets just clean these brushes!! So in a total genius moment I decided to try my Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser. If I trust this cleanser to take my makeup off every night, maybe I can trust it to take makeup off my brushes. With a small pump of the cleanser in my hand, I blended the brush against my hand thoroughly then held it under warm water. I’ve never seen so much makeup come out of my brushes so fast! I didn’t even know all that makeup had been in the brush to begin with! After a few hours of drying the brush was as good as new!! No product has ever cleaned my brushes so well!!! And no money had been spent other than the $9 of the failed Sephora Makeup Brush Shampoo

So the lesson I have learned? Nothing cleans makeup brushes as well as the daily facial cleanser you trust to clean makeup off your face. Many of my friends have also suggested baby shampoo, although I have never attempted it myself. If you trust it on your face, you should trust it on your brushes! So try it out! What makeup brush cleaner works for you?