Best Rubbing Alcohol to Disinfect Makeup


For those of you who may not realize it, disinfecting your makeup is a necessary process to prevent the transmission of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other disease-causing microorganisms.

Knowing this, many makeup artists/users use rubbing alcohol to disinfect their makeup. There is a super complex and “sciencey” (yes I made that up) explanation regarding the “better” concentration of rubbing alcohol to disinfect makeup. However, I’ve decided to spare you the details and just give it to you straight! If you’re interested in the science behind my suggestion, leave a comment down below and I will be more than happy to make a blog post about it.

Have you ever cruised the aisles of your local drug stores in search of rubbing alcohol, and wondered whether to get the ethyl or the isopropyl or what percentage of concentration level will work best? Common sense tells us that the higher the concentration, the more germs will be killed right?

Actually, rubbing alcohol with a higher concentration of let’s say 91%, has a higher evaporation rate due to the low levels of water present in the solution. If the alcohols evaporates too quickly, it may not kill the germs in which you intended to in the first place. This can happen because the alcohol is not present long enough to penetrate the cell wall of the germ.

As a result, I recommend a concentration of about 70% at the max. 70% isopropyl alcohol does not dry as quickly as 91%, so this may not be as favorable during makeup sessions with multiple clients. However, since the presence of water slows the drying time, the alcohol has an increased chance of eliminating bacteria.

Do you use rubbing alcohol to disinfect your makeup? Leave a comment down below!

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