Spring is here!
Now that the season has officially begun, it’s the perfect time to take control when it comes to your beauty practices. Spring cleaning is not just about getting rid of those clothes in your closet that no longer fit, but it’s about cleansing your space and your mind to make room for what will better yourself in this chapter.
Each new day gives you a new opportunity to make a change in your life. It only takes that one decision to make a difference, especially when it comes to healthier hair and skin. While you may have been neglectful in the winter months, it’s time to spring into action and be diligent in your practices to ensure a mindful season ahead. Below are a few tips I learned about self-love that I believe correlate to the change in season. By allowing yourself to remove the clutter and the noise that plagues your beauty routines, you can make room for what matters.
1: Check Expiration Dates
Believe it or not, products have a shelf life, and while you may think using something a little past the expiration date doesn’t matter, we’re here to tell you that it does. Most hair and makeup products have a PAO or Period After Opening mark on their packaging to indicate the freshness of the ingredients used. Of course, some products are more resilient than others, but before you begin your spring cleaning, make sure you’re only working with items that can be used to their fullest potential. When you come across a product that has surpassed the shelf life, it should no longer be used on your hair or skin.
2: Clean + Disinfect
I’m sure many of you can’t remember the last time you wiped down some of your favorite products, but it shows. Whether you were in a rush from the last time you squeezed the bottle, or applied too much of that expensive gel and tried to put some back, there’s probably a ton of gunk surrounding the tubes. Cleaning off each item individually will remove dirt, dust, excess product, and germs from the packaging. When you’re starting off fresh, you want to be sure you’re not creating new bad habits and can feel a sense of pride each time you reach for your favorite product.
3: Reorganize Drawers
If you haven’t seen the bottom of your beauty drawer in months, it may not be that you need to throw out a few things, but you may need to reorganize. Whether it’s with a whole new system or clear bins to keep everything in order, reorganizing can do wonders in your life. Especially if you’re someone who tends to misplace items, keeping everything neat and tidy can eliminate wasted time and space. Focus on what you use daily and pare down supplies to include what you need the most. You may begin to see that you have products that haven’t been used in months (check out tip #6 for more details). There are so many storage solutions available that can help you reorganize for the perfect setup for all your beauty essentials.
4: Store Brushes Away
In an effort to keep clutter at bay, store your brushes away to prevent any damage. Be gentle with your brushes and keep those bristles from breaking with a precise storing system that keeps them clean and sturdy. For makeup brushes, they should be stored out of direct sunlight and in individual slots to keep from discoloration. If they have plastic covers, they should be used to maintain the shape of the brush. For hairbrushes, if you have a utensil holder, they can be used to keep brushes in place and in an upright position. You want to be sure brushes are not faced upside down or with bristles down to prevent any damage or leaks.
5: Backup Products
Depending on how often you purchase products, you may or may not have extra items that you're saving for a rainy day or want to try eventually. There's no judgment here if you're somewhat of a product junkie, but you may want to use this spring cleaning time to create a designated space for backup products. Whether that's a storage bin that hangs on a shelf or in a cool temperature space that you can access whenever you need it, it's essential to have an area for these special items. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can separate all your additional products by category, and whenever you're running low on something, there's a stash waiting to be popped open.
6: Cleaning Makeup Tools
Whether it’s your favorite beauty blender, silicone applicator, or makeup brush, it can all breed a ton of bacteria overtime. If you wear makeup daily, you should certainly be washing your makeup tools every week. However, if this is a big chore to you that tends to fall by the wayside, you may want to create a wash station so you can get a system down. Keep your brushes looking like new by swirling the bristles in a circular motion with soap or a makeup shampoo of your choice. Once you’re finished squeezing the excess water out, lay them flat out to dry.
7: Cleaning Hair Tools
From your favorite paddle brush, comb, or pick, the next best thing you can do for your hair besides detangling is using clean brushes on your strands. Especially if you use heavy ingredient products on your hair, there's a chance you have a lot of build-up between the bristles, and it gets right back into your scalp during the next use. If you're wondering why your brushes aren't performing like they used to, it's probably time for a deep clean. After cleaning out excess shedding from the brush, give them a bath using dish soap or a DIY brush cleaning cleanser for a good soak. Once your brushes have been soaking for about an hour, rinse in warm water to get all the debris out from the hard-to-reach areas.
8: The 6 Month Rule
As we mentioned in tip #3, there may be a few products that you probably haven't used in months and deserve a little more thought for next steps. Use this six-month rule to determine whether a product stays or can be donated for better use. We all have those items that we claim we'll get around to trying, but as the months pass, you may realize that you probably won't be needing it after all. Instead of throwing it out, donate to your local women's shelter or give it to a friend who may want to try it out. This rule can be used in various parts of our lives, but for now, we'll dedicate this six-month rule to beauty and hair products.
9: Identify Seasonal Products
If you're someone who likes to change their looks in the cooler months, you may have different products you use to achieve those looks. When you make the switchback, there's a chance you don't use the same items and will probably not see them again for quite some time. In order to save space and keep up with the organization, consider separating seasonal products and having a designated place where you can use them again when the time comes. When you want to revive the style, you'll already have everything you need to make it happen.
For those who truly love a good spring cleaning, organize to new heights by using labels to make everything easier. From your creams, gels, shampoos, and accessories, there's nothing more satisfying than knowing what's inside a bin without having to open it. If you want to level up on your beauty and hair organization, label your bins into categories for the ultimate routine setup. This can be with a label marker or even just a note and marker. However you want to transform your space, spring cleaning can get your mind and spirit feeling incredible to welcome the warmer months.
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