This Is How To Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine

The Edgars Beauty Hub team love a bit of spring fever (not the allergy part, obvs!) because it’s the season of newness and it gives you an opportunity to start over. Whether it’s decluttering your beauty drawers, tossing expired products or adding a brand-spanking-new floral scent to your fragrance stash, we’re behind you all the way. If you’re a beauty enthusiast (like us), it’s important to keep your products organised by storing them properly, cleaning them regularly and keeping tabs on the shelf life of your make-up and skincare. We know it’s tempting to hang onto your favourite mascara, but if the formula is old, there’s a strong chance it could give you an eye infection. And we don’t want that. Here are our tips to spring clean your beauty routine. 

Let’s jump in! 

Clean Your Brushes and Sponges

We’re all guilty of breaking certain make-up rules, but not cleaning your brushes and sponges is just a dealbreaker in our eyes. Set some time aside once a week to wash your make-up tools and ensure they’re squeaky clean before you use them next. Clean brushes and sponges mean flawless make-up application, lower risk of facial breakouts, eye infection prevention and it’ll also prolong the shape of your make-up tools. After cleansing, place them in a section of your home that gets a lot of natural light in order for them to dry.

Beauty Blender Blendercleanser Solid Unscented Sponge & Brush Cleanser 28ml
Bobbi Brown Brush Cleanser

Get Organised

If your beauty product area looks chaotic, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We suggest investing in some transparent drawers and separating your make-up according to category: lipsticks/lipglosses; foundations; mascaras; eyeliners; blushers; eyeshadows; setting powders; bronzers/highlighters, etc. Do the same with your skincare: moisturisers; serums; sunscreen; cleansers; toners; exfoliators; masks; make-up removers; eye creams; night creams, etc. If you can, create labels for each category. Keep your products in a cool, dark space with no direct sunlight in order to preserve their shelf life.

Check The Expiry Dates Of Your Make-Up

Mascara

Many of us are known to hang onto our beloved mascaras for dear life, but realistically, we’re meant to toss them every three months.  Replacing your mascara regularly reduces the chances of bacterial growth. If you have sensitive eyes that are prone to redness, dryness and any form of irritation, but love coating your lashes in mascara, replacing it every three months is a must. At first, it can seem pricey, but it’s better than treating an eye infection. If you’re unsure of how old your mascara is, check the consistency of the formula’s texture, as well as the colour and smell of the product.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara

Lipstick

Good news, lippy fans, you can keep your products for a maximum of one year before turfing them. If you’ve noticed your favourite shade is smelling “off”, not delivering colour-wise and having a clumpy texture, then it’s time to bid it farewell. Old lipstick is known to play a role in skin infections and breakouts too, so why not use the opportunity to browse the Edgars Beauty site and spoil yourself with a new product?

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Cream Lipstick in 6 Rose Nu

Liquid Eyeliner 

Eyeliners are the main causes of eye infections make-up-wise – even more so than mascara. The reason? We use them so close to the eye and often on the waterline, making it a breeze for the conception of infections. This product’s expiry date is also at the three-month mark. If your favourite liquid liner lacks colour and seems dried out, you need to let it go.

Fenty Beauty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner

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Foundation 

Has your go-to base started to separate, with an oily residue at the top? It’s time to toss! Foundations can be used for no longer than a year. But, if you’ve seen a change in the formula before a year’s up, we suggest turfing it. If you continue to apply it to your skin, the oily spreading agents can clog up your pores, resulting in breakouts. Yikes. Another way to tell if your foundation is old is through the formula of the product – it’ll be thick and clumpy. 

Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry Makeup Pump Foundation

Check The Expiry Dates Of Your Skincare

Moisturisers 

Day creams or moisturisers will often have their own expiry dates on the containers or boxes that they come in. If not, use the “one year if opened” and “two years if unopened and stored properly” rule of thumb. If you’re not great with expiry dates, use a pen to jot down the month and year you opened your product. This will help immensely when doing your beauty spring clean. It’s important to toss old skincare products, as they can lead to skin irritations and reactions. Also keep an eye out for texture or smell changes.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Marine Cream

Add A Spring-Worthy Fragrance To Your Collection

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the prettiest season of them all than by adding a scent-sational fragrance to your stash, such as the Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh EDT. It opens with green notes of pear, grapefruit and raspberry, followed by heart notes of jasmine, rose, violet, litchi and apple blossom. It eventually settles into a woody musk base of plum and Virginia Cedar. Store the easy-wearing scent in a dry, shaded area in your home to avoid the fragrance being degraded by the sunlight.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Eau de Toilette

We’d love to hear from you! Tell us how you spring clean your beauty routine each year in the comments below. 

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