Want to improve your skin health and complexion in just 15 minutes? Throw out all your old skin care products. If you bought the product a year ago or longer, toss it out and replace it with a fresh, new version. If you have any products that are past their expiration date, toss those too. You will be doing your skin a world of good and getting a great head start on your spring cleaning!
All skin care products will go bad over time. While the expiration date on the bottle might be a a year or two from now, on practical level, skincare products start to loose their effectiveness after about a year. And worse, products can go bad. If one of your products has visibly changed color, odor, or texture since its first use, throw it out immediately.
Now that we have fresh and effective skin care products, we want to make sure our makeup brushes are clean. Why is it important? One, you’ll have an easier time applying makeup. Two, there’s a lot of stuff that builds up on objects we use and we do not want to put any of those contaminates near your face, let alone apply them directly onto your pores.
Run them individually under cold water, holding them so that the bristles point down. Avoid getting water under the metal that holds the bristles. Hot water may damage the bristles and the binding glue holding them. Half fill a bowl with cold water, add some baby shampoo, stir the makeup brush. Be gentle. We don’t want water to to get under the metal band. Use your thumb and finger to gently massage the bristles, working the soap throughout. Rinse under cold water. Pat dry, then leave it on its side to dry. Do not store wet brushes with bristles up.
Ideally, natural brush cleaning happens once a week. But practically speaking, when you do get around to cleaning your brushes, disinfect them after washing by repeating the process but using a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water instead of baby shampoo. Rinse and dry as normal. When dry, they will be free of odor and germs.
You’re almost ready for spring. An exfoliating treatment will give your skin a fresh start to begin the season. At the least, as the air becomes more humid, bring back the cleansing gel to your skin care routine. After cleaning, protect: make sure that your daytime products contain SPF because you’ll want to enjoy the warming weather. Heavier moisturizers can also be switched out for more comfortable, lighter lotions. If you have a skin condition that requires heavier moisturizers, keep doing what your physician has recommended.
If you would like advice about creating a skin care regimen that is effective for you and the season, call (304) 925-4665 or request a consultation. We’d be happy to help!