Spring is the perfect time to detox and declutter your beauty cupboard. According to the Environmental Working Group, the average woman puts 168 chemicals into her body daily. Multiple studies have found alarming chemicals in our makeup. Phthalates, found in fragrances, skin lotions, nail polishes and hair products, have been linked to endocrine dysfunction. Formaldehyde (frequently found in makeup products and hair products) is a known carcinogen.
Moving forward it’s important to evaluate the beauty products you are buying, and switch to more natural and organic cosmetics, skincare and haircare. The proper way to detox your beauty routine starts with a massive clean out of all of the toxic products in your cabinet.
Below we share the top 3 things you need to do today to get started…
STEP 1: THROW OUT OLD PRODUCTS AND ANYTHING THAT IS HALF USED.
Beauty products have a lifespan, so get rid of anything that is older than 18 months old, or that you no longer use. Products that have gone bad are terrible for your skin causing irritation, inflammation and infections. Make-up (especially mascara) gathers bacteria easily, so you don’t want to be putting old products anywhere near your face.
STEP 2: READ THE INGREDIENTS LIST AND GET RID OF ANYTHING THAT IS DOING MORE HARM THAN GOOD.
Make sure to investigate all the products you use (including all-natural products), and see if any have any toxic ingredients to watch out for. Look at your makeup, particularly your lipstick and foundation, as well as your face cream, any lotions you wear, sunscreens and primers. Your toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and soap can also contain toxic chemicals, and you should include them in your clean out. One of the best online resources to help make sense of confusing product labels is the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, which ranks products for toxicity on a scale of 1-10.
Look at eco-beauty websites (https://thegreenbeautycollective.com & https://www.thedetoxmarket.com) to find new health-conscious brands to replace old products with. Look for simple ingredients lists and avoid unnecessary products. Now is a great opportunity to cut down on and simplify your routine. If money is an issue, start with replacing the five things you use most often.
STEP 3: ORGANIZE AND STORE.
Buy some small storage baskets from Ikea, and store make-up and skincare in separate baskets. You can also split your daily essential products from any special occasion products. Put daily items in the most accessible area rather than having everything together, cluttering your surfaces and makeup bag. This will also allow you to keep track of everything you have. Be sure to do a thorough Spring cleaning of your beauty cupboard every year!