Ahhh, spring cleaning time. As you start to tidy your home, don’t forget one critical area to spring clean that’s often overlooked: your beauty routine.
Often times we focus on big areas like a closet or a living room, and skin care and makeup collections tend to stay as is in our cabinets and drawers. Keep scrolling to see three steps to spring clean your skin care and makeup collection.
How to Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine
Take Everything Out
Note Your Inventory
The first step to spring clean your beauty routine: make sure you have full visibility to what you own. Make sure you take everything out of your cabinets and drawers.
Toss Expired Items
Start with the easy stuff first and put anything that’s expired into a pile to toss. Then, start assess the rest.
Certain over the counter (OTC) products like acne treatments and sunscreens are required by the FDA to have expirations dates like food. Expired products won’t necessarily hurt you, but once an item is expired the active ingredient’s efficacy drops way down, and it may not work or protect you as its intended to.
For non-OTC items, look for an illustration of a little jar with a number/letter combo near it (like 3M, 6M, 12M, and so on). This is the “period after opening” range and indicates how many months a beauty product stays fresh once it’s, well, opened.
If you can’t remember the last time you used a product, or it looks/smells different than when you bought it, it’s time to toss it.
Check for Other Things That Need Replacing
While you spring clean your skin care and makeup, also check brushes and tools that may need replacing. Take an inventory or what looks overly worn, what needs batteries or charging, and/or what you don’t use.
Keep or toss as needed, then make a list of what you need to repurchase or replace.
Deep Clean Your Area
Once you’ve gotten rid of any excess beauty items, it’s time for a deep spring clean on your storage areas.
Clean Your Tools
Clean your makeup brushes thoroughly. Makeup brushes can gather a ton of bacteria over time, and a huge culprit when it comes to breakouts. Take the time to properly deep clean your makeup brushes as a re-starting point for your future self. Resolve to clean them regularly; not only will this keep breakouts from dirty brushes at bay, makeup brushes last longer when properly cared for.
Wipe and Disinfect Your Space
With everything out of their drawers and cabinets, wipe everything down, just as you might spring clean another section in your home. Disinfect drawers and vacuum excess makeup or hair.
While you’re at it, be sure to sanitize your makeup bag if you have one. If it’s too dirty to clean, it’s time to buy a new one.
The last step to spring clean your beauty routine is to, of course, organize it.
Invest in Storage
If you don’t already have clear organizers, it’s time to invest in some. I like these clear bins from The Container Store for under my vanity. They come in a variety of sizes, but ultimately get what works for you. I prefer clear containers so you can see exactly what’s inside each one.
Organize for Function, Not Aesthetic
While a color-coordinated shelfie makes for an Instagram-worthy photo, it’s not always the most functional way to organize your products. Spring clean your beauty routine for practicality, not for photos. There, I said it.
Store what you reach for the most or daily in the most accessible space. This could mean the lower shelf of a medicine cabinet or in a waist-level drawer. All of my skin care lives under my sink, so I have a bin in the front for products I use daily.
For items you use less frequently (weekly or monthly), tuck those away higher up, further back, or in a lower drawer.
Finally, if you’re someone who swaps out skin care or makeup items seasonally, store winter beauty products out of sight.