Spring Clean Your Skincare Routine in 3 Super Easy Simple Steps!
Is it just us, or do you find when the new season rolls around, you have this urge to do a massive Spring Clean? The garden wants some attention with the planting of new seeds, well how about your skin? Your skin being the largest organ on your body needs some TLC and attention too! Let's start with some simple housekeeping, as easy as 1,2,3!
Here’s our top 3 tips when it comes to re-evaluating your skincare routine.
Throw out any products that have expired. We are all guilty of hoarding products past their prime, especially if they’re a favourite. The first step is to check the expiry date, and the second step is to check the period after opening time, aka PAO. This can often be missed, as it’s a tiny open jar symbol with the month listed inside, e.g 12M = 12 months. This can be found on the product itself or on the original box, normally printed near the manufacturing information or ingredients. What’s the difference between the two? The expiry date is the shelf life of your product and is the period of time it will perform the way it’s supposed to. The period after opening is the amount of time the ingredients will remain stable after it’s first been opened. Using a product outside of both of these dates won’t be doing your skin any favours and might actually be contributing to the concerns you’re trying to get rid of! Generally speaking a cleanser may last you 12 months and serums,moisturisers & SPF’s anywhere between 6-12 months. A good habit is to write with a marker the date opened, so you’ll be able to keep track.
Wash your makeup brushes. Why? Over time debris, dirt and oil builds up creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. This results in unwanted guests (hello breakouts) taking up prime real estate on our faces. Avoid this awkward confrontation by keeping on top of your hygiene game!
- Change your pillowcase regularly. Ever heard of acne mechanica? Yep, there’s another type of acne to the list. Acne mechanica is a type of acne that is caused by friction and pressure on the skin by certain materials. And although not everyone is prone to this type of acne, beware if you’re susceptible to breakouts or have reactive skin. Whilst you’re deep in slumber every night, your pillowcase is soaking up all the dirt and oil from your hair and skin. To prevent accumulation, make sure you cleanse your face every night to remove makeup and oils and apply your evening moisturiser to protect and provide a barrier. Sleeping on pillowcases made of natural fabrics such as silk, breathe easier, transfer less oil and cause less irritation.
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