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Mold on your beauty sponge! Why & how to prevent it

Posted on September 02 2019

Tell us if this sounds familiar:

You've decided to invest in a new and luxurious beauty sponge - congratulations!

After using it for the first time, you probably feel like your makeup has never looked this good. "What a smooth and beautiful application,” you think to yourself. “My skin looks radiant!"

You take care of your sponge as if it were treasure. You give it warm baths, using only the best anti-bacterial soap.

Until one morning, you grab your sponge to begin another beautiful day and suddenly notice a black dot on the sponge's surface. 

"What the...?! What is this black dot doing on my sponge?" 

You try to wash it off with your best soap, but it just doesn’t help. "It’s probably a mark from my waterproof eyeliner or mascara," you think. 

No babe, it probably isn't. That black dot on your sponge is most likely mold. You read that right - MOLD. 


 "But how can this be? I’ve taken such good care of it! I’ve even kept it in its original box, so that it will stay clean and dust-free!"

A-HA!!! There’s your answer. 

The appearance of black dots on makeup sponges is unfortunately a very common thing. The good news is that you can prevent it from happening… and it's really easy! 


Mold grows in humid conditions. If you’ve been trapping your beloved "just been washed" beauty sponge in a box, you’ve created the best conditions for mold to grow.

Mold, by the way, can cause throat, eye or skin irritation for some people. It won't happen to everyone, but do you really want to take that risk?

mold on beauty sponge

How can you prevent mold from growing on your beauty sponge?

The answer is so simple, you're not going to believe it. You just need to hold tight and let it dry in an open and airy space. It's that easy! 

After using your sponge with liquid products, and especially after washing it, do not put your beauty sponge in your makeup drawer, and never seal it away in a tiny box! You should also avoid leaving it in humid rooms, such as your bathroom, or in any other stuffy environment.

You’re taking your sponge with you on your upcoming trip to Barcelona? Lucky you! But just remember: after applying your foundation with your sponge, avoid putting it back in your makeup bag while it's still moist.

Things to remember

Wash your beauty sponge with an anti-bacterial soap after each use and leave it out to dry in an airy, open space. When your are washing your sponge at home, you might find a drying rack useful. These are the key ingredients needed to make your sponge live longer, deliver better results and prevent harm to your skin! 

You're welcome :)



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