3 Tips to Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine
3 Tips to Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine
What Is a Beauty Detox?
A beauty detox is all about removing toxic ingredients from your routine. It may involve getting rid of products that are past their expiration date. In many cases, a beauty detox is a chance to reconsider the ingredients you’re using. (We’ll discuss those ingredients shortly.)
For now, we’ll say this: We’ve all been there. One peek inside your bathroom cabinet, and you can’t help but look away. You’re shocked to find dusty brushes, expired body masks, and hair serum that’s old enough to start kindergarten. Don’t even get us started on some of the chemicals you see on the ingredients label!
You may want to throw some of these items out, and we’d certainly encourage you to do so.
But what do you replace them with? How can you give your beauty regimen the springtime update it deserves? This is the true purpose of a beauty detox.
How Can You Spring Clean Your Skincare?
When it comes to skincare (or any kind of personal care), the ingredients you use matter. Here are three tips for spring-cleaning your inventory:
Get Rid of Expired Products
Don’t procrastinate. Now is the perfect time to go through your bathroom cabinet or toiletry bag and toss anything that’s past its expiration date. Old products can harbor bacteria, lead to skin irritation, and even increase your risk of infection. These potential problems just aren’t worth it.
Some good news, though: Most products have a symbol on the packaging that tells you when they expire. Generally, the product will inform you how many months it’s safe to use after you open it. Lip balm, for example, should be tossed after six to 12 months, while foundation can last up to a year.
If you don’t know how long a product has been open, use common sense. The old adage “better safe than sorry” definitely applies here. So if you find a face mask in a cabinet you haven’t opened in years, it’s probably best to toss the product.
Look for Certified Organic Products
Many beauty products contain harmful chemicals that can hurt your skin and your overall health. Coal tar, heavy metals like lead, and butylated compounds are just some examples of cosmetic ingredients you’ll want to avoid.
Other brands state their products are “clean,” “natural,” or “non-toxic”—but these claims are vague and often misleading. Since they aren’t regulated, certain companies may actually be greenwashing their audiences.
So what’s the answer? We encourage you to look for Certified Organic products that meet the USDA’s high standards. Look for a Certified Organic label to make sure you’re steering clear of unethical practices or questionable ingredients like parabens and phthalates.
Create Your Own Natural Cleanser
Here’s an important reminder: Plan to clean your beauty brushes at least once a month, using either a gentle cleanser or soap and warm water.
You can take things a step further by making your own gentle cleanser. At Sky Organics, our products are 100% Certified Organic and can be used alone or alongside others. So if you’re curious about creating your own DIY cleanser, simply mix the following ingredients together:
• 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
• 1/2 cup warm distilled water
• 7 drops of our Jojoba Oil
Blend gently, and rest assured your beauty brushes are getting a thorough cleanse.
What Skincare Ingredients Should You Avoid?
These are just some of the common personal care ingredients you’ll want to avoid:
From fertility issues to a higher risk of cancer, these hormone disruptors present serious risks. We mean it when we say you should keep phthalates out of your beauty routine.
Found in certain eye makeup products and deodorants, aluminum can cause skin irritation. There is also some discussion that it may be a carcinogen, although the research is inconclusive.
Another day, another preservative—formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and skin. Plan to avoid personal care products that list them as an ingredient.
Polythylene Glycols (PEGs)
Though PEGs aren’t inherently toxic, some people experience allergies or an upset stomach when they use products that contain them.
Methyl and Propyl Parabens
Research shows that these preservatives are hormone disruptors. We recommend that you keep them far, far away from your beauty routine.
What Organic Beauty Ingredients Should You Use?
As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to switch to lighter, more breathable skincare products that won't clog your pores or weigh down your skin. We’re talking about pure ingredients that provide hydration without feeling heavy. Here are some options to consider:
Jojoba Oil is lightweight and great for warmer weather. Think of it as a pure, potent alternative to serums that are loaded with chemicals (or heavier products you may use in the less humid months of summer). Apply 1-3 drops to clean, dry skin—or add it to your favorite product.
Say goodbye to less clean brightening serums, and say hello to Rosehip Oil. This product supports the bright, dewy complexion we all crave. Bonus: It’s a powerful, single-ingredient Certified Organic product full of healthy vitamins and essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Sky Organics’ Organic Rosewater Facial Mist is perfect for all you spring cleaners out there. 100% pure and steam-distilled, you can use this product to stay hydrated and balance excess oils. This mist is a great skin refresher on warm spring days, and a good alternative to toners that may contain chemicals.
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Have you checked the ingredients in your makeup removers? These products are often full of scary chemicals. Look no further than Fractionated Coconut Oil for moisture, massage, and good health. The lightweight, single-ingredient product is absorbent yet entirely free from residue.
Pro tip: Mix Fractionated Coconut Oil with Rosewater for an even lighter (but still all-natural) alternative. We promise you won’t regret it.
Organic Lip Balms
Did you know that the lips absorb topical ingredients even faster than the skin? This means you should definitely be aware of what’s inside your favorite balm. We encourage you to prioritize top-quality ingredients over chemical alternatives with our Organic Lip Balms. Available in fresh, delicious flavors, they’re made with nourishing plant oils and beeswax that lock in moisture.
These ingredients are must-haves for spring and all year round. Use them on their own or as a base for your custom skincare routine. Happy spring cleaning!
Are You Ready to Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine?
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