Skincare products are a bit more difficult to tidy up than makeup. Since it takes about 28 days to figure out the effectiveness of a product and each jar is usually expensive, skincare products tend to accumulate. That’s why it’s crucial to go through your skincare products at least twice per year and organize everything nicely. Let’s roll your sleeves and spring-clean that skincare collection of yours!
Deep-Clean Your Shelves
Let’s be real, ladies. How often do you take out all of your skincare products from a medicine cabinet and give it an anti-bacterial wipe? I’m saying it not to shame you but because it’s about time to clean the shelves where you keep skincare products at least once a season.
My skincare vanity has movable mirrored shelves, so I take every shelf out and deep-clean it with soap followed by a glass cleaner. I also make sure to wipe the mirror properly and give a wipe to the lights in my bathroom. That also helps to save on electricity in the long run.
Depending on what type of shelving you have for your skincare, consider taking every single product out and wiping out an entire shelf. Then, go through all your products and tiny up all the items you no longer use. Put back on the shelf only items that “bring joy.”
Hey, you don’t do the spring clean up that often and it’s about the time to start!
Read the Labels
When it comes to makeup, the expiration date is not as crucial for certain types of products as it is for skin care. Yes, you will be fine using an eyeshadow palette that hit its six months expiration policy. But when it comes to things like Vitamin C serums and sunscreen – not so much.
I love keeping a Sharpie on my skincare shelf. So every time I open a new product, I can write down the month and year I started using it.
By law, each skincare product is supposed to indicate the number of months you can use it for after opening. The problem with that labeling is that you need to know exactly when you started using the product to know from which point to begin the counting. So, keeping the date of the product was opened is super handy when you are doing a spring-clean of your skincare routine.
If you didn’t start implementing this strategy yet, go through each of your skincare products one by one and tidy up those that might be expired. While doing so, please keep in mind that K-beauty products might be labeled differently.
Yes, even if we are talking about expensive skincare, you didn’t have a chance to use it. You would not put spoiled food in your mouth, so why are you trying to put it on your skin? Let’s tidy it up and clean up the space for products that you’ll really use.
Talk to a Skincare Pro
Honestly, none of the online advice is as efficient as a consultation with a dermatologist. When you have someone taking a look at your skin, it’s an entirely different experience than self-diagnosing yourself.
And while there are a lot of examples of people who saved their skin by conducting their research, in most cases, talking to a professional is the first thing you should think of if something doesn’t go well with your skin.
Try exploring the website called RealSelf.com, where people share reviews on doctors and procedures that they are offering and perhaps start with conservative methods and go from there.
Personally, I would start with good derm-grade facial and Botox injections and really weight out all the pros and cons of treatments like peels and laser. Not that anything is wrong with those, but you need to know how sensitive your skin is first before going with resurfacing treatments.
Switch Your SPF
Usually, I go for a lower sunscreen factor during the cold season and pick SPF 50 for spring and summer. I also feel that my skin can take a bit more mattifying sunscreen option as with warm temperature, my oily T-zone looks too shiny.
Everyone’s skin is different, and you don’t need to stick to my SPF routine. But it’s a good habit to tidy up your sunscreen collection every season. So, go over all of your sunscreen tubes and perhaps pick a few new sunscreen formulas to play with.
Also, don’t forget about getting a new sunscreen for your body, lips, and hands. These are the areas that are often left neglected. And we don’t want to have sunspots there, right?
Update Your Skincare Tools
If you use a face cleansing device like Clarisonic, your spring cleaning spree is a good reminder to change heads on your cleansing device. If you use any tools like a konjac sponge, it’s probably a good time for them to go too.
Finally, if you didn’t have a chance to invest in a set of good face towels, it’s a great idea to do it now.
As you might already know, I’m the biggest believer that using one fresh face towel a day is the best way to eliminate the risk of cross-contamination, especially if you are struggling with acne.
Also, it just feels so good to use a fresh new towel – your makeup removing routine becomes even more luxurious.
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There is no better time to start your skincare spring-clean than now. Trust me: it just feels overwhelming to go through all these steps and spend the time on tidying up your skincare stash. But once you’ve done it, it’s so worth it.
Not only your bathroom will look cute, but your skin will benefit from getting your routine on point. How often do you re-organize your skincare collection?