Spring is almost around the corner, and if you simply can’t wait for it to finally arrive – welcome to the club, you certainly aren’t the only one!
Spring is all about new life and this applies to your skin. Winter can have quite a dramatic effect on your skins conditions and leave it feeling drier, rougher and dull and this is why it is vital that you update your professional skin care.
Why Spring Cleaning Your Beauty Routine is Important?
Firstly, you could be putting known carcinogens on your face every day without realizing it.
Secondly, you probably have mountain-high pile of beauty products you’ve collected over the years. This includes the bright pink lipstick you bought in college.
So How To Do It?
- Throw out expired products- This is when you turn around the beautiful packaging of your favourite cosmetics and see what’s in them. Active ingredients and antioxidants? Yes please! Parabens and carcinogens? Absolutely not!. We’re all guilty of using cosmetics past their expiration. In fact, many women aren’t even aware of how long their cosmetics should last them and therefore I encourage you to spring clean your products at least once a year.
- Clean your makeup applicators. If you do your makeup every day, you’re likely using makeup brushes, sponges, and other applicators on a regular basis. These applicators meet your makeup products, bathroom counter, and your skin. There’s a good chance that those applicators harbour a lot of bacteria and leftover makeup.
- Swap winter skincare for spring skincare. Spring cleaning is a good time to switch out products based on the season. If your winter cream is thick and highly protective, you may want to switch it out for a lightweight, water-based formula. If your spring moisturizer contains SPF, even better! Since spring is associated with allergies, this may also be a good time to add in some antioxidants like Vitamin C to combat allergens.
- Start with one section at a time. If you have a huge beauty collection (no shame!), detoxing your beauty products can be time-consuming. Rather than bombarding yourself with one giant chore, split up your collection into smaller sections.
- What to Look For and What to Avoid. Spring cleaning your beauty routine is more than reorganizing your shelves and disinfecting your vanity. It’s a time to retire products that are doing more harm than good and invest in high-quality, clean beauty products that are actually serving you.
Here’s what I DON’T recommend:
These are the top 10 ingredients to avoid at all costs:
- Parabens like Propylparaben and Iosbutylparaben
- Chemical UV filters Octinoxate and Oxybenzone
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
- Phthalates like Dibutyl phthalate
- Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS)
- Polyethylene (PEGs) like PEG-10 laurate
- Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
Your Skin Care Expert,