I know it doesn’t really feel like it because the weather is still quite cold, but spring has arrived, which means it’s time for spring cleaning: tidy and dust the house, clean out your wardrobe to make room for new purchases, and don’t forget to declutter your beauty stash! Here’s how:
1. Throw away expired products
No beauty product lasts forever. Although most products contain preservatives to prolong their shelf-life, sooner or later they all will start to go bad and when that happens, you need to throw them away to avoid them causing problems for your skin such as irritations and infections. Look for “best by” or any other indication of the shelf life of a product on the packaging. Products sold in Europe should have the PAO (Period After Opening) date printed on the label: it is a small symbol of a jar with a small number and the letter M after it, which indicates for how many months you can use the product after opening it.
If you can’t find any indication whatsoever about the shelf life of a product on the packaging, check out this post about the expiration date of each beauty product. Usually liquid products go bad sooner than powders and mascara is the one that lasts less: it should be thrown away after only 6 months. If that’s still no help as you can’t remember when you bought the product, check the formula. If the texture, color or smell has changed, it means the product has gone bad and it’s time to toss it in the bin.
2. Recycle products you don’t use
Now that you’ve got rid of all the expired stuff, look for products that are just lying forgotten in a drawer for a reason or another.. like that foundation that looked like a perfect match under the bright lights of the shop but is actually a few shades darker than your skintone and you forgot to return it (or couldn’t because the law in your country doesn’t allow that), a moisturizer that has broken your skin out and you haven’t touched since, that awful eyeshadow shade our friends/parents/boyfriend gave you for your birthday that you would never wear.. or maybe you just collected too much stuff and can’t give to each product, no matter how much you like it, the love it deserves..
Keep the products you use the most and get rid of the rest, but don’t thrown them in the bin. Just because these products didn’t work for you, it doesn’t mean they won’t work for anyone else. You can give them to your friends and family members, donate them to a charity such as Give And Makeup, create an account at Makeup Alley and swap them for something you’d love, or, if you have a blog, you can have a blog sale. Although it can be hard to part with some items, just think about the room you are creating for new products.
3. Clean it!
Now that you’re left with all the products you’re gonna keep and use regularly, it’s time to clean them. Yes, clean them. I know, I know, you’re the only one using the products so why should you clean them? Well, everything needs a good clean every now and again and it’s important that the products that come in contact with your skin are properly sanitized once in a while. You can find some useful tips on how to sanitize your makeup products here. I usually do it twice a year, but you can do it more often if you feel the need to. Also, wash your brushes with soap and water at least every ten days, and replace eyelash curler pads every 4-6 months.
Have fun spring cleaning your stash!