Spring has sprung! 🌸 Its time to put the cold weather behind us and embrace new beginnings! Spring is like a fresh new start...the air is fresher, the flowers start to bloom, we scrub our homes from top to bottom, our closets of clutter and even our cars take a trip to the cleaners, but what about our beauty routines? Can you remember the last time that you gave that a good refresh?
Here's 10 Ways To Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine:
1. Wash your makeup brushes and beauty tools.
Keeping your beauty tools and makeup brushes free of bacteria is crucial when clear skin is your goal. Old makeup that's been settling in your dirty brushes and sponges can clog your pores and oil glands. And, as you probably know, clogged pores may lead to breakouts. As long as your brushes go uncleaned, you'll just be spreading dirt from your face, into your makeup, and back to your face again...ah!! This also goes for your beauty tools! Don't forget to give your gua sha tools a good clean and also your jade rollers. To find out what happens when you don't clean your makeup brushes regularly click here.
2. Clean out your makeup/skincare bags.
I don't know about you but I definitely leak product into my makeup bag. After a while, all my products are left with a bronze dusting which then spreads to my hands... it's a big mess! Giving your makeup bags a good clean not only gives you peace of mind, but it will also help you toss the things you're no longer using that are just holding space.
3. Swap out heavy creams for lightweight moisturizers and serums.
While winter calls to layer up on serums, oils, and heavier moisturizers, you may want to look at simplifying hydration by swapping out to a lighter moisturizer with higher water content. Our skin tends to stay more hydrated and retains more moisture during the warmer weather. Keep in mind that if you constantly experience very dry skin, psoriasis or eczema, you may need a heavier, creamy moisturizer all year round.
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4. Check expiration dates.
It's time to toss all our expired products! As much as you love that lipstick from years ago, similar to a carton of juice or almond milk, our makeup and skin care products come with open-jar dates that dictate their shelf life once opened. When opened, oxygen interacts with the formulas and they immediately begin to degrade. Liquid and cream formulas have a naturally moist texture, making them bacterial breeding grounds once their preservatives are no longer effective (about 6 months). For mascaras, because bacteria are inserted inside the tube, 6 months is maximum while 3-4 is a better time frame. Foundations can last a bit longer if you practice safe sanitation, meaning no cross-contamination, closing lids tight, and storing in a cool, dry place.
5.Clean up your skincare routine.
You might be putting off this one, but there's no better time than Spring! Swapping products with less than desirable ingredients for cleaner alternatives is so 2019 and we've got your back! For those that are wondering, safer skin care products can still perform and be just as high quality, if not higher quality in my opinion than the toxic stuff. We've tried so many products for you beauties for just this reason, to help you make the swap. In a perfect world, all of our beauties would be using clean beauty...till then we can dream! Send us a DM on Instagram @holisticbeauties or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get help swapping products you can't live without.
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6.Let your skin breathe.
Lay off the heavy foundation as part of your spring clean. While foundations can cover well, they can lead to clogged pores and acne as well as sit in the crevices, highlighting dry areas and lines. Leave the foundation for special occasions only and use a light concealer instead to cover up any uneven areas. Your skin will breathe a sigh of relief and thank you with a glowing, dewy complexion.
7. Protect the skin.
Although SPF is mandatory in every skincare routine all year long we couldn't leave this one out! When doing a poll in our insta stories to find out if our community was using SPF the numbers were far too low...so reminders will never end...sorry not sorry! Although the weather is warmer, it's still so mild you might not feel how strong the sun is. Apply sunscreen every morning and reapply it again before any outdoor activity during the day.
8. Try a fruit enzyme peel mask.
A peel mask screams renewal! Are you looking to lighten scars & brighten your complexion? Fruit enzymes are natural chemicals that provide a thorough exfoliation but are usually gentler than rough scrubs or microdermabrasion treatments, which can be harsh, especially if you have sensitive skin. Enzymes, by their nature, do not penetrate deep into the skin, another quality that makes this type of peel effective, yet gentle. The uppermost layer of skin is primarily made up of a protein called keratin. Enzyme peels work by hydrolyzing or breaking up this protein, removing dull, dry, damaged surface cells and impurities leaving you with softer, smoother skin.
Never underestimate the power of a haircut. Getting a fresh trim or haircut brings life back to your hair and actually shapes the face. Think of getting a trim like trimming the dead ends of your fav house plant (a spring ritual)! How much more alive does it look afterward? Another bonus...getting a trim helps hair grow back longer and more full and it even makes you look healthier!
10. Double Cleanse.
As the weather gets warmer, there'll be more residual dirt and grease sitting on the surface of your skin, so make sure you clean your skin sufficiently at the end of the day and remove all your makeup by double cleansing. Our fav way to do a double cleanse is to first cleanse with oil, and then follow up with your fav cleanser and the BFF.
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