How To Spring Clean Your Beauty Products!
I can’t be the only one who gets a strong urge to tidy and rid my space of clutter in the first part of the year around March time?! If you’re on a Spring cleaning rampage like me, these tips will help you de-clutter your beauty stash.
Check Expiry Dates
Most products don’t have a specific date written on them, although some do so be sure to check.
However, all beauty products have a shelf life. You can find this by looking for a small tub sign on the back of the packaging with a number next to the letter ‘M’. This indicates the number of months the product will last for once opened – e.g. 6M = 6 months shelf life.
You’ll find the majority of products have a shelf life between 6-12 months, depending on what it is. Liquids and creams like skincare, foundation and lipstick last a shorter amount of time, as the product is more susceptible to bacteria growth than a powder product like eyeshadow, which can last for a couple of years.
You can usually tell a product has expired, as it smells ‘off’ and may have changed in texture, colour and pigmentation.
So throw away any expired products you have lying around – it’s not worth holding onto them, as they are more likely to cause breakouts and even infections, and will likely have diminished in quality. Particularly with skincare products like serums and SPFs, once expired the active ingredients will no longer work.
If you’re in doubt at all, for the sake of your skin and health get rid.
If anything, it’s an excuse to treat yourself to some new goodies! 😉
Ask Yourself – “Do I love it?”
I’m definitely guilty of holding onto products that I never use. As a makeup artist, I try so many new things and inevitably many don’t work for me. I have to constantly evaluate my collection to make sure things don’t get out of control.
Clinging onto unused products ‘just in case’ is exactly the same scenario as those items in your wardrobe you’ve never worn. They take up space and just make you feel guilty for buying them!
What I like to do is put my favourite products aside, then go through the rest and ask myself “do I truly love this?” Makeup and beauty products should put a pep in your step and give you an instant boost of confidence with their results. If you don’t feel like that when you use the product, it should go.
Other questions to ask yourself:
- Have you worn it in the past 2 months? If not, you probably never will.
- Do you own anything like it already?
- Does it work with your style, or suit your colouring?
If you own something similar or think it doesn’t suit you or your skin type, you can always donate it to a friend or family member (with the exception of expired products or anything with an applicator – mascaras, lip gloss, etc. – none of which I’d recommend passing on for hygiene reasons).
You could even have a ‘makeup swap party’ with your best friend if she’s up for de-cluttering as well!
For unopened products still in packaging, I highly recommend getting in touch with a women’s refuge charity like Give and Makeup, who are always grateful to receive donations.
Use this opportunity to wipe out your makeup bag or drawers, and re-organise everything.
If everything has a place, it’s so much easier to find where things are and saves you so much time when getting ready.
I use the lids of shoe boxes to store my beauty products, so I can put them in drawers and see them all at a glance.
You could also pre-pack your makeup bag if you’re often on the go, so nothing gets left behind!
I hope this post has inspired you to have a little tidy round your beauty stash. Let me know if you have any other questions!
Love, Kat x