How To "Marie Kondo" Your Skincare Routine
Spring Cleaning season is here! After a long winter, it feels so good to freshen up your space and do some Marie Kondo-style purging.
While you’re in cleaning mode, it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle your skincare products. Those half-used bottles and never opened samples are taking up prime real estate in your medicine cabinet, so while you're switching up your skincare products for spring, it’s a great time to not only get rid of what you no longer use but also be more intentional about your routine. When was the last time you evaluated your products–what’s working? What’s not? Do you really need that full 12 step routine or can you streamline it with some multitasking products?
We put together some guidelines to help “spring clean” your skin routine and medicine cabinet.
Throw Out Expired Products
Be honest, how many products have been sitting in your cabinet for over a year? Skincare products don’t last forever and actually have expiration dates so if you use them when it’s past due, they can actually be filled with bacteria or no longer be effective, so it’s time to toss them. Most products have an expiration date on them, or they have a symbol that shows how many months the product is good for after opening.
Look For Toxic Ingredients
So many skincare products are filled with ingredients that are actually harmful to you and your skin. When looking through your products keep your eyes out for parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and mineral oils. At Saro de Rúe, we pride ourselves on being uncompromisingly clean and free of all of these.
Wash Your Brushes
Brushes and makeup sponges can build up bacteria, fungus, oil, and dirt when not washed frequently, which can cause breakouts and irritation, and is just plain gross. Dermatologists recommend cleaning your brushes at least every two weeks; if you haven’t done it in a while, it’s a good excuse to wash them while you’re cleaning up the rest of your medicine cabinet. You can use dish soap, face wash, or a specialized brush soap. Once clean, lay them out on a towel to dry.
Streamline Your Routine
Take a look through your products and organize them by benefits; chances are, you have multiple products that tackle the same issues. Do you need all of them? Probably not. At Saro de Rúe, we are strong believers that less is more when it comes to skincare and that packing your routine with powerful products allows you to pair down your routine while making it more effective and getting even better results. Our Freeze-Dried Hyaluronic Acid is a multitasking game-changer that hydrates, brightens, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, firms, lifts, smooths and evens skin tone. It is the cornerstone of our skincare routine and because it accomplishes so much, it’s replaced numerous products we previously needed.