So it’s late April and by now we all have our Spring cleaning finished, right? Baseboards scrubbed, all the blinds taken down and sprayed, every wall washed (do people still do that?), and even the garage got a thorough cleaning. Yep. We’ve all done that (insert appropriate form of sarcasm, unless you actually did, then hold your head high). With all that out of the way, it’s time to move onto the Beauty Edition of our Spring cleaning.
Beauty edition you ask? Well sure. Did you know professional products should be tossed after 3 years, and drugstore after 6? True story. Also, when was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? Be honest now! While we’re on the subject, how about your hair…when did you last clarify it? Change your shampoo? Changed your loofah? Oh we could go on for days, but we won’t. We’ll just cover the essentials. Catch me after the jump!
Out with the old in with the new! Most professional products only have a 3 year shelf life, as most lack the super preservatives that the drugstore brands have. Drugstore brands generally have a shelf life of 6 years. However, this can vary so look for an expiration date. Old product can go rancid, grow bacteria, become too strong, or lose it’s effectiveness all together. Some things we tend to hang on to:
- body creams and scrubs
- hair products
Now let’s clean up some of the most common things we use as part of our beauty routine:
- Makeup Brushes – Ideally, these should be cleaned once a month – I’m too embarrassed to tell you how long it’s been since I cleaned mine! Here is a great post on how and what to clean your makeup brushes with. I like to use baby shampoo.
- Hair Brushes – To remove natural oil and product build up, first remove the hair and lint (it’s easier to do this if you wet it) then fill a container large enough to hold the combs and brushes up with half hot water and half vinegar. Let soak for 20 minutes, rinse and let dry on a towel.
- Eyelash Curlers – Soak in half hot water, half vinegar solution – and while you’re at it throw your tweezers in. Rinse well and let air dry.
- Body Scrubbers – Body poofs, loofahs, foot files – some can be washed in the washer or dish washer, but I’m all for tossing these and getting a new one :)
Now for the fun part. Let’s do a little spring cleaning of the body shall we?
- Hair – Your hair can use a good clarifying to remove product build up, even if you don’t use styling products, shampoo and conditioner will leave residue that builds up. Use a vinegar rinse, or if you’re like me and can’t stand the smell, a good clarifying shampoo.
- Scalp – Give yourself a lovely scalp treatment to get rid of all the flakes and build up from winter.
- Body - Soak in the bath for 15 minutes, drain the water then take some sugar and coconut oil to scrub off all the dry layers of skin, then shower.
- Feet – My favorite way to clean up my feet is just at the end of my shower, take an emery board to the heels and such, then I take a wash cloth to scrub the dead skin off the cuticles on my toes. Finish off with the body scrub.
Well that about does it, but I’m sure I’ve missed something – so tell me, do you have a favorite way to spring clean in the beauty department? Let’s hear it…
I hope everyone has a great weekend, thanks for reading!