Spring Clean Your Beauty Regime
How many product lovers do we have out there? If you’re anything like me it looks like a green beauty regime bomb went off in your bathroom, and you love it!
Are you like a kid in a candy store when you shop for beauty products?
Here’s the thing… do you remember when you purchased half of it? Equally important question, when you did you open each of those bottles? What about the quality of ingredients? Can you read the words on that ingredients list, or are they multi-syllable jibberish? I know Latin is ridiculous so you could say, “What is this Prunus armeniaca or Persea gratissima?”, and I’d have to say, “Fair enough!”
Under INCI labelling rules, we must list all ingredients by their Latin name and some of them can sound like a scary disease or some type of chemical. That’s why we like to put the common name in brackets following the Latin (apricot and avocado oils respectively) to make your life a little easier.
Spring is a great time to tidy up, and if you feel like tearing your home apart and really going for it, we highly recommend the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Her infamous question for homeowners is, “does the item spark joy?” and I bet you’re all saying “yes, my collection of skincare, makeup, and the lot does spark joy!” Here’s the thing, four year old, half empty, smelly moisturizers are not doing your skin any favours. If anything, they are likely irritating your skin. I had a client once who said she needed all the different moisturizers because she wanted to target many things. It would be far better to change your moisturizer with each purchase so that you’re using product that is as fresh as possible.
Have you ever wondered what this little symbol is? This can be found on most personal care products out there. It means that, within 12 months of opening this package, you should use the product up to ensure the efficacy of active ingredients and reliability of preservation system.
When I started buying high-end green beauty products, I was just a broke girl in my early 20’s. I could not afford to go out and buy a full regime, so I made the change one product at a time. When my less than stellar moisturizer ran out, I invested in an organic option. Here is the big thing I found, and eventually found to be universal with better quality nontoxic, organic beauty products – a little goes a long way! These products are concentrated and effective, not watered down.
Take the time to learn more about what the bad ingredients to avoid are. If you have yet to discover the Think Dirty App or the Skin Deep EWG, I highly recommend it as a starting point. I taught myself what ingredients were a definite no-go, and it helped me clear my bathroom clutter and my skin. Perhaps you’re ready to do the same and as I always say, now is a great time to start!
Is this your dream bathroom? Unfortunately, we can’t help out with a reno, but read on for ideas to get your counter top back…
Here are some de-cluttering ideas for your bathroom vanity spring cleaning:
1) Open everything you have and smell it. If it’s funkier than you remembered it being when you purchased it, and you also can’t remember when that was, it is time to say good bye.
2) Look at the ingredient lists on your products. If they were on exterior packaging, look them up online. Try Skin Deep for product or ingredients searches (also an excellent practice for future shopping is using the Think Dirty app). Don’t fall prey to the ‘pretty packaging lie’. Don’t look at the price. Pick up the product, turn it around and read the ingredients because more often than not, you’ll probably want to put it down and move on.
The goal of this springtime cleaning is to whittle down or obliterate your exposure to toxic and rotten ingredients. Product junkies – you know who you are – It is even more important for you! By the time you showered and left the house this morning, you could have easily used over 20 products, and if they are all filled with chemicals, unfortunately so are you.
A Seaflora Employee who is a Total Product Monster