Organizing Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Beauty Products
Posted byAndrea King Collier
Spring has sprung! Here are some great organizing tips to give you a head start on cleaning and discarding your make-up, skin and hair care products for a fresh start this season.
Get Rid of the Old
Believe it or not, all beauty products eventually expire. Keeping products past their expiration dates can lead to skin problems, such as breakouts and eye infections. Check out these general rules:
- Mascara and eye makeup. If you last bought your favorite mascara or eyeliner at the beginning of last season, this spring, replace it. The University of Rochester Medical Center notes that eyelashes naturally house bacteria, so when you use the mascara wand over and over, the bacteria builds up and can lead to infection. It’s recommended to swap mascaras every three to four months and discard dried-out tubes.1
- Lipstick. Lipstick shades change with the season. Spring is the perfect time to lighten up and move on from the deep reds that scream cold weather. While you’re purging, get rid of lipsticks that you’ve had for a year or more. If you don’t remember when you bought it, take a second to smell it. Bustle describes that old lipstick smells like “stale oil.”2
- Cream concealers, liquid foundations and highlighters. Toss these every six months to a year.
Move It or Lose It
When you go in for the beauty spring clean, an important organizing tip is to move your products. If you store your beauty products in the bathroom, consider relocating them. The humidity generated by steamy showers can promote the growth of yeast, mold and bacteria. Your beauty products will last a lot longer, and be more effective if you move them to a dry spot, like your bedroom. Also, take time to move all your products with active ingredients away from the sun. And while it sounds like a good idea to move creams to the refrigerator, many products contain ingredients that lose their efficacy in extreme temperatures.
Another important organizing tip for spring is to treat your beauty tools with care. Not only can oxygen and heat impact the ingredients in our makeup and skin care products, so can the germs that collect in our makeup brushes, sponges and other tools. In truth, this is a great time to start a new habit of cleaning your beauty tools at least once or twice a week. Use fragrance-free, gentle soaps to clean them. Then let them air dry with the brushes pointing down, so that water doesn’t leak into the barrel of the brush.
Taking time to clean your brushes will help avoid skin breakouts and lengthen their lifespan. If you use disposable makeup sponges, get rid of them after each use. But if you use the makeup applicators that are made from anti-microbial materials, like egg-shaped tools, take the time to wash and rinse them after each use. Discard them every few months.
So Long, Farewell
All in all, the spring organizing tip is to shed products you bought that didn’t live up to their potential or are old. If you bought a foundation that was the wrong shade, au revoir. If you bought a serum that irritated your skin, adios. If you have a shampoo, lotion or skin toner that you haven’t used in a year, sayonara. Keep only what you use.
1“Old Makeup Can Cause Serious Eye Infections.” University of Rochester Medical Center. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=724.
2Telfer, Tori. “When to Throw Away Old Makeup and Why You Should.” Bustle. November 19, 2013. https://www.bustle.com/articles/9165-when-to-throw-away-old-makeup-and-why-you-should.
- Posted by Andrea King Collier
- On March 29, 2017