From Tweezers to Loofahs: When to Replace Your Beauty Tools, According to a Dermatologist
We tap a top dermatologist to find out once and for all when is a good time to replace your loofah, tweezers, derma-rollers and more. Find out how long you can go without replacing your trusty tools, ahead.
Think your expired skin care and beauty products are the only thing in your arsenal that need replacing? Think again! Aside from old, ratty—not to mention: smelly—beauty tools being super gross, they can get in the way of gorgeous-looking skin—and nobody has time for that. We recently sat down with board-certified dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Michael Kaminer to find out just how long you can go before it’s time to replace your loofahs, sponges, derma-rollers, Clarisonic brush heads, and more. See what he had to say, below.
WHEN TO REPLACE A CLARISONIC SONIC CLEANSING BRUSH HEAD
Unsure whether or not you should replace your Clarisonic sonic cleansing brush head? The answer is, a resounding yes! The brand recommends that you change your brush head out every three months. Good news is, replacing your Clarisonic brush heads are super easy, as the brand offers an automatic refill plan that allows you to choose how often you’d like a new brush sent to your doorstep (and can also save you money!).
WHEN TO REPLACE A LOOFAH
If it’s been awhile since you last replaced your loofah—or, worse, you’ve never replaced it—you might want to consider getting yourself a new one...stat! According to Dr. Kaminer, it’s time to say goodbye the minute they start to discolor or develop an odor. This of course all depends on how often you use your loofah, but just to err on the side of having a clean one, make a mental note to replace your loofah each month.
WHEN TO REPLACE AN AT-HOME DERMA-ROLLER
Think your at-home derma-roller lasts forever? Think again! Similar to your razor head, Dr. Kaminer suggests replacing the micro-needling roller as soon as it starts to feel dull.
WHEN TO REPLACE TWEEZERS
Wondering when to replace your trusty pair of tweezers—or, if you should replace them at all? According to Dr. Kaminer, so long as you take good care of your tweezers and clean them with rubbing alcohol after use, your tweezers should last you a very long time and may not ever need to be replaced. If you find that your pair is getting dull and you’re having a hard time plucking those stray hairs, it may be time for a new one.
WHEN TO REPLACE YOUR BODY SPONGE
Not sure when to part ways with your body sponge? Dr. Kaminer suggests keeping an eye on the color and stability of the sponge. When the color starts to change, or the sponge appears ratty or fraying, it’s time for a new one. Kaminer also suggests increasing the lifespan of your body sponge by running it through the dishwasher every so often.
WHEN TO REPLACE AN EXFOLIATING TOWEL
If you are the proud owner of The Body Shop’s Body Polisher—an exfoliating towel similar to that of an unraveled loofah that can gently slough off dry, dead skin cells and buff the surface of the skin—we’ve got great news. Instead of tossing—and replacing—your towel after a couple of months, you can actually stick it in the wash with the rest of your bath towels for a squeaky clean rinse. That being said, that doesn’t mean that the exfoliating towel will last forever. So, as a rule of thumb, we suggest replacing the towel when it starts to lose its exfoliating touch, gets ratty, or both.
WHEN TO REPLACE EXFOLIATING GLOVES
Similar to exfoliating towels, if you take good care of your exfoliating gloves, you should be able to extend their lifespan a bit. We like to rinse ours thoroughly after each use and leave them to dry in a cool, dry area on top of a bath towel. When they need a deep cleanse, we toss them in the wash on a low cycle and let them air dry.
WHEN TO REPLACE YOUR BEAUTY BLENDING SPONGE
When it comes to beauty blending sponges—or, any makeup applicator tools for that matter—you’ll want to cleanse them once a week to ensure a longer lifespan. That being said, these blenders don’t last forever. If you’ve had your beauty blender for more than 3 months—and use it regularly—you might want to consider replacing it for a new one. Same goes for blenders that look like they’re deteriorating, are discolored even after washing, and may even be causing you to break out.
Want to know the right way to clean your beauty blending sponges? We share a step-by-step guide, here.