3 Simple Steps to Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine and Clear the Clutter in Your Bathroom
Thinking about switching up your beauty routine can be so daunting - but it doesn't have to be! I took the time last weekend to ditch a lot of the old, chemically-laden items tucked away in the back of my bathroom cabinets and it was SO. LIBERATING. Since most of us associate the shift from winter to spring with a good cleaning of our homes it's also fitting that we cross over this sentiment into something as important as our skin care routine. Here are 3 easy ways you can switch it up without feeling overwhelmed.
Get rid of anything that is expired. We all have that shameful drawer full of old lip sticks, expired foundations and lotions, whatever your poison (figuratively and likely literally). Even if there's no clear expiration date, a good rule of thumb is if you haven't used it in a year just ditch it. If this is the case, it likely won't see the light of day again until you spring clean a year from now, meaning it has no business taking up precious storage space in your home!
This is also a great time to evaluate what items you are using that you'd like to be more mindful of. By this, I mean maybe you are slowly making the shift towards more natural products. If you have a bottle of lotion you know you'd rather toss than continue to use so that you can replace it with something more skin-loving, DO IT! When we're using items that don't resonate with us any longer and we feel guilty about using every damn day it's going to take a toll on us mentally and, eventually, physically. Take this time to rid your cabinets of those items so that you can slowly start to replace them with ones that are aligned with the Green Goddess within you, enabling you to feel good about what you're feeding your skin.
Remember: what is applied to your skin gets absorbed into your body, so it's just as important to be mindful of what you're putting on your body as it is to what you're putting into your body - read your labels! When you apply chemicals topically they're still getting absorbed into your bloodstream and are likely doing you more harm than good. On the contrary, when you apply natural products with wholesome ingredients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, your body is benefiting from them both outside and under the skin's surface.
NOTE: If you are getting rid of things, please be mindful you're not washing lots of chemicals down the drain, as they may get into your water supply and harm the little critters in the lakes and streams near your home! Also, rinse and recycle as many containers as you can so they don't end up wasting away in your local landfill.
Our skin's needs change season to season. Consider swapping out your winter products, like heavy moisturizers for your dry hair and skin, with ones that complement your skin's nature during the spring time. If you use heavy lotions and moisturizers in the winter to help ward off flaky, dry skin consider switching up your moisturizer of choice to something a little lighter, like a body oil, for the warmer months.
As daylight is present longer, one thing we need to consider for the spring and summer is how we're protecting our skin from the sun. While a little bit of sun is good for us (yay, vitamin D production!) its rays are strong and can be damaging, especially in high doses. Although you should all apply a moisturizer with SPF to your face every day, many of us may forget about this important step in our routine during the winter when we're not likely seeing much sun. Consider purchasing a face moisturizer or foundation rated with an SPF of 20 or higher to use daily before you set out to conquer the world. Make sure to look for natural mineral sunscreens, such as non-nano zinc dioxide, versus the chemically laden ones. I love this one. If you spend a lot of time outside during exercise or work (or for fun!) remember to apply sunscreen all over your beautiful body, too!
Now that you have decluttered your cabinets by getting rid of items that you no longer need or want, take some time to organize what remains. This will not only appease the inner organizational freak in you (what, not everyone has one of those?!) but it will also shorten the time it takes for you to get ready in the morning. Just think about how good you'll feel when you know exactly where everything is and you can get your day started off on the right foot? It might even mean getting to sit down with that first cup of coffee a few minutes sooner! :)
What tips do you have for spring cleaning your beauty routine? Comment below - I'd love to hear them!