We know that cleaning out your beauty kit can feel like a chore, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming thanks to our quick and dirty guide to de-cluttering.
When to toss old product
You have to let go of the old to make room for the new—and there are new products being released every day. Remember that beauty products do expire, especially the liquid ones like foundation, mascara, and skin-care. There should be a guideline on the packaging (it will look like a cream jar with a number on it—that number is the amount of months after opening that the product is good for), but if you can’t find it or don’t remember when you opened it, here are a couple of things to look out for.
Look for changes in consistency. Lumpy formulas or a separation of oil and pigment are red flags. If the smell resembles something rotting or the colour has darkened or oxidized in the bottle, it’s time to throw the product out.
If there’s a bad odour when you open the lid or the product is crumbling and breaking apart, you probably shouldn’t use it. Also, if you constantly have to scrape off a top layer of grime, throw it out.
If you detect a bad odour or if your lipstick is drying out or applying patchy, toss it. If your lip gloss is goopy and coming out in lumps, you don’t want to put that on your lips.
Quick tip: If you live in a warm climate, it's a good idea to keep your skin-care products in the fridge to preserve freshness.
There are times when you find yourself not using certain products because they’re stored in the backs of your cabinets or drawers. Out of sight is out of mind so get those products back in sight. Try pulling them out the night before and keep them on your vanity or dresser so you can remember to add the items to your rotation.
When to give away perfectly good product
If you’ve got products that are as good as new but you don’t find yourself using them, take a moment and ask yourself: Why did I buy this product? Why did I stop using it? Can I add this to my makeup routine or skin-care regimen?
Chances are if you haven’t used it yet, you probably won’t. Perhaps pass it along to a family member or a friend who might get better use out of it. Or even take a box full of your unused items to a women’s shelter. If you are going to donate, make sure your items are in clean and sanitary condition.
How to sanitize your beauty products:
For powder compacts, wipe the powder with a piece of Kleenex to remove the top layer. Then, take a new piece of Kleenex—fold it or cut it down to the right size—and place over the powder to avoid bacteria from getting into the fresh layer. If you threw out the box, seal with tape; no one but the new owner should be opening it. This works for face powders, blushes and eyeshadows.
For lipstick, lipgloss and other stick products, wipe them down with a piece of Kleenex sprayed with the cosmetic disinfectant. Once again, seal boxes or the products themselves with tape.
Always use a mini spatula for products that are in jars so you’re not dipping your fingers in there. Also, don’t throw away the plastic divider that covers the cream. When you want to give it away, all you have to do is seal the outside with tape.
Cosmetic sanitizers can be found at most beauty stores and makeup artistry stores. Always keep a sanitizer and a brush cleaner on hand.
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When it comes to beauty, don't forget your neck. This delicate area is one of the first to show the signs of aging.
If you haven’t heard of tech neck yet, you will. A beauty (and health) woe for the modern age, tech neck refers to the position of your neck when you look to check your phone and tablet. And as a population, we check our phones a lot. According to a survey done by beauty brand StriVectin, the average person checks their mobile device about 221 times a day. A day. That’s double than the rate we checked our phones just four years ago.
So why does this matter? Well, as we bend our heads forward, up to an extra 60 pounds of weight is put on the spine—which puts a lot of stress on your neck. This will definitely cause some health issues—which is the main reason to check your smart phone habit—but it can also trigger a beauty issue too.
Repeatedly looking down at your phone can lead to or increase the prominence of neck lines and sagging skin. StriVectin has called this “Tech Neck.”
While we recommend addressing the way you check your phone (hold that baby up to your face instead of looking down at it for starters) we also know you might want to treat the more superficial side effects of this habit. Here are the creams, specially formulated for your neck—which by the way has thin and delicate skin and is already prone to sagging and loss of elasticity—to help combat Tech Neck.
As the brand that coined the phrase Tech Neck, you can bet StriVectin has a solution. It’s TL Advanced Light Tightening Neck Cream offers the same benefits as it’s original neck cream, but in a lighter formula. The claims? The cream smoothes existing wrinkles and fights sagging while also hydrating for a smoother, more supple neck.
Addressing the issues of your v-zone (the area from the chin line to your cleavage), this neck cream firms and hydrates while improving the appearance of neck lines. Ingredients like evening primrose and algae extract fight the signs of aging.
Formulated for women 40 and over, this cream helps to restore firmness and softness with green seaweed extract, oat sugars and Clarins’ extra firming complex. This cream boasts a non-greasy texture with a ton of hydration.
This all-natural neck cream helps to tighten and smooth the skin around the neck and décolleté for a youthful look. A blend of fruit stem cells, vitamin C and rich botanicals reduces the appearance of fine lines.
This rich cream is incredibly hydrating and can be used on the neck and décolleté. Copper tripeptide and collagen help to lift and restructure the delicate skin of the neck while hyaluronic acid hydrates.
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