There are a few reasons to use a brush to apply a clay, charcoal or pumpkin mask rather than just use your fingers. An obvious one is that it’s a lot less messy. Not only do you not have to dig your fingers into the jar of product (which can contaminate it with bacteria and cause it to expire faster), but you also won’t be left trying to coax out the mask that has worked its way under your fingernails afterwards. With a brush, you can easily scoop the mask out of the jar or bowl and smooth it evenly over your skin, using less product, and easily rinse the brush clean. There’s also a good reason for using a synthetic fiber brush rather than one made from animal hair. Aside from being cruelty-free, synthetic fibers are less likely to harbor bacteria than natural ones. So, treat yourself to a spa-quality facial at home with the best tools!