As the days get longer and the weather improves, we all feel that little bit brighter and more inspired to take care of ourselves – and what better time to spring clean your beauty routine?
My own routine is, I have to confess, quite haphazard and it needs to improve because, at almost 55, my skin definitely needs more love and care than it used to.
But there are things everyone can quite easily do to make the most of your products, your time and your precious cash!
Spring clean your beauty routine
Check the expiry dates on your bath and beauty products
Almost every bath or beauty product you own will have a Period After Opening date. The PAO symbol looks like an open jar with a number inside.
This number tells you how many months your products will remain at peak efficacy after opening the product.
If you’re unsure, check the smell and look of the product – especially with eye products like mascaras.
It’s only natural to hoard our expensive beauty products, but you don’t want to risk skin breakouts or, worse still, a nasty eye infection.
A useful tip is to put a little sticker on the base of the product so you can remember when you opened them.
|Throw out after 12 months!|
Throw out all those samples you’ve kept from magazines and will never use
I have loads of these and I never get round to using them? If you have a teenage daughter, a fun thing to do is to save them up and put them in a toiletry/gift bag as a little present. Otherwise into the bin they go!
Check your skin’s condition
I still have products suitable for oily/spotty skin. Those days are long gone and lots of the oily skin products are much too harsh for dry, mature skin.
Are you using products better suited to how your skin was five or even ten years ago?
If you don’t know what skin type you have, why not book in for a free skin consultation? Lots of the top brands will happily offer this service if you visit your local department store beauty hall or branch of Boots.
Angry spotty skin may benefit from a trip to the GP as your skin problems may have more to do with your hormones than your diet or beauty routine.
Buy the products which suit your skin today
Once you know what your skin type is, you can refresh your skin care products accordingly. You might want to try some of the new formulations – for example, one of the new oil-based products or an anti-ageing serum.
In my experience, simpler is best and there are plenty of organic and vegan-friendly products out there to try. I also avoid brands who test their products on animals. There really is no need in the 21st century, is there?
Do the things you know will help your skin
We know what we need to do, don’t we? Most of the time life gets in the way but we really owe it to ourselves to at least try.
I’m talking about:-
– drinking 2 litres of water a day
– getting 8 hours sleep a night
– getting at least 20 minutes sunshine each day to help our bodies make Vitamin D
– having at least 2 alcohol-free days every week
– not mainlining on sugar, caffeine or unhealthy saturated fats.
Wash your makeup brushes
These can be a prime breeding ground for bacteria so make sure you wash them regularly. Use a mild shampoo and lukewarm water to ensure that all makeup build up is washed away, leaving you with a fresh, clean brush.
While you’re at it, wipe down your storage containers and give your makeup bag a good deep clean.
Check your SPF
Dermatologists and anti-ageing experts recommend that we wear a broad spectrum SPF every day. Are you wearing yours? Most moisturisers now contain an SPF of 15 but this may not be enough.
Switch to a lighter weight facial moisturiser
Now that it’s getting warmer and the humidity is rising, you won’t need to add so much moisture to your skin. Time to retire the heavy creams for lighter lotions or the new whipped formulations – but don’t forget the SPF!
Check your hairbrush
Our hair brushes have to withstand some pretty rough treatment, don’t they? If the bristles are worn or broken, it might be time for a new brush. You should also consider your hair type when buying a brush. Experts say that curly hair does best with a wide-toothed comb, while thick, straight hair does best with a paddle brush.
Audit your beauty products
If you’re like me you might find you always buy the same colour or shade but how many red or nude lipsticks do you really need?
Take some time to flick through the beauty magazines or visit your favourite websites to plan your spring/summer look and see what gaps you might need to fill.
Don’t forget to check voucher and discount shopping sites like Topcashback.co.uk and retailers like Feel Unique often have discount codes to save you a little cash.