SPRING CLEAN YOUR SKINCARE PRODUCTS
Tips To Spring Cleaning Your Skincare Products
Spring is in the air, and with it brings a transition to warmer temperatures, more hours of daylight, beautiful Posies, and more! This transition also calls for some preparation and some much-needed Spring cleaning...Of your skincare products, that is!
So, while you're going through your cabinets, closets, and scrubbing floors for a deep Spring cleaning, don't forget about Spring cleaning your skincare products as well. Out with the old and in with the new. (and who doesn't love some new skincare).
Reorganize Your Skincare Products Every Spring
Many have products they have never even opened. Or did open but never used. Hence, you what to take an honest look at what's in your stockpile and reorganize by asking yourself these important questions.
Question 1: When Did I Open This?
This is one area I see many not even think twice about, using skincare products that have been opened since who knows when. Bottom line, if you do not know when you opened it, pitch it. I mean, you wouldn't eat something out of the fridge that you had no idea when you opened it, would you?
Question 2: When Is The Last Time I Used This?
As an aesthetician and a business owner, it has become part of my everyday life to try the latest skincare products on the market. Fortunately for me, this also means I've become accustomed to weeding out my products. New one in, old one out, and you need to do the same! Also, ask yourself, when is the last time I used this? If you can't answer or if it has been a long time, it's time to say goodbye.
Question 3: How Can I Tell If The Product Is Bad?
To continue your seasonal reboot, you want to look at the shelf-life of the beauty products you set aside for keepers. Unfortunately, determining whether a product has reached its shelf-life isn't always easy. Believe it or not, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) does not require manufacturers to have a specific date to be listed on the label or packaging of beauty products. And this is where your five senses come in and you want to look at:
- Are there any changes in color?
- Is the texture now different?
- Does the product have an odd smell?
- Is there any separation of the product?
- Has it dried out?
Question 4: What Is The Life Expectancy Of Skincare Products?
Aside from using your 5 senses, there are some suggested shelf lives you should keep in mind when it comes to the life expectancy of your skincare products, for example:
- Cleanser: 1 year
- BHA or AHA: 1 year
- Toner: 6 months to 1 year
- Moisturizer: 6 months to 1 year
Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Skincare Products
In addition to the above tips, you also want to make sure you are getting the most out of your skincare products by properly taking care of them throughout the year. See some of my do's and don'ts to help you keep your beauty stash the best possible.
- Store your products out of light and sun. Overexposure to light and heat can lead to bacteria and mold.
- Keep your hands to yourself and let the spatula do the work for products in a jar. Otherwise, you are introducing dirt and bacteria.
- Secure the cap after each use.
- Be sure to check the "best by date" on your products, OR the PAO (period after opening symbol), for example, 12M.
- Choose plant-based skincare products with the absolute best active ingredients.
- Keep things cool in a cosmetic fridge.
- Cool eye creams reduce puffiness.
- Cool toners, especially if you are prone to rosacea or redness, keeps irritation at bay.
- Vitamin-C and retinoids are heat and light sensitive, meaning they break down and oxidize faster if stored in places with lots of light or heat. Keeping them in a cosmetic fridge will ensure longer product life.
- Do not share your beauty products with others – especially anything you put around the eye area.
- Tweezers are not just for removing hairs! They’re great for picking up too. Use them to grab things you’d normally use your fingers for, like cotton rounds and sheet masks.
Wash Your Makeup Brushes
Now you may be wondering what makeup brushes have to do with skincare. The fact is skincare and makeup go hand in hand. Furthermore, makeup brushes harbor large amounts of dead skin cells, makeup, oil, and bacteria. Who wants to put that all over their face?? Not me! And if that wasn’t bad enough, dirty makeup brushes can lead to premature aging as we expose our skin to oxidative stress.
In conclusion, we believe that Spring cleaning your skincare products is like nurturing a flower in the Spring. Pruning and weeding out the old, the longer they stay healthy, vibrant, and beautiful, just like fresh new skincare products to help your fragile skin to maintain its health and vibrancy.