We are all too familiar with spring cleaning. It happens every year and while not completely fun, is well worth it when completed. It is a great opportunity to clean the house and get rid of clutter that has accumulated since the last time the closet was opened, yikes. Spring cleaning is not only good for your living space but for your beauty products as well. I don’t know when the last time was when you gathered all your products and gave them a good, hard look but it is a must. Believe it or not many products do have expiration dates and makeup doesn’t last forever.
Step 1: Collect all products & makeup
Hunt down all the skincare and beauty products you have laying around. This includes cleansers, moisturizers, creams, serums and all makeup. I mean everything! If you are like me, you most likely have several storage places and this puts into perspective how many products you actually have.
Step 2: Identify expired products & old makeup
Skincare and beauty products do have a shelf life. If you have some hanging around from years past it is best to start with them and immediately trash them. They are definitely no longer effective. Check the expiration date on the package as well. The goal with these products is to get the effective ingredients into your skin. If the ingredients are no longer effective it is a waste of time.
The same goes for eye shadows, blushes, foundation (liquid and powder), and mascara. You may wonder why I included the powder makeups in this list. They can be contaminated with bacteria if a clean brush is not used or you use your finger. They will last for a long time if properly stored and used but if you haven’t touched it in years and don’t plan to, toss it. I would suggest keeping your winter foundation as it will most likely keep until next season. Mascara is another one that is big for bacteria. Four to six months is as long as you want to keep it.
Step 3: Re-organize remaining products
Now that you have tossed all the expired and never used products, you can re-organize your collection. I recommend finding a place where they are all together and easily accessible so you don’t forget you have them. If you have a certain routine you follow place the products accordingly.
Step 4: Clean any applicators or brushes
If you have brushes you use to apply makeup it is a good idea to regularly clean them. It rids them of dirt and bacteria that builds up as well as prolonging their life.
Along with cleaning it is a good time to take a “skin inventory” and identify trouble areas. Winter can be harsh to your skin as low humidity combined with the hot air from your heater and less fresh air leaves skin looking dull, dry and rough. For dry hands, elbows, knees and heels I suggest a thicker emollient. Emollients, such as Vaseline, are great for nighttime. You can rub it on before you go to sleep and wake up with softer skin.
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