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Spring Cleaning: When Should You Replace Your Skincare Products?

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Hi Purlisse~stas! We’re in the mood to do some Spring cleaning… starting with our ever-growing, overflowing, “when-did-I-even-buy-this?” skincare cabinet.

Trust us, we know how hard it can be to toss those half-used moisturizers and serums that you bought over a year ago. Especially when the packaging is so sticking cute! However, keeping these products around may be causing your skin more harm than good; it’s important to know what’s in your beauty collection so that you can prevent the risk of any long-term damage. Here are a few Spring cleaning tips to look for:

  

Is your product expired?

This may seem like a no-brainer but using expired skincare is a serious no go! It may seem harmless by the looks and smell of things, but this can actually cause some serious damage to the skin such as irritation, bacterial growth and not-so-cute rashes. 

Most skincare products have the expiration date stated on the packaging closest to the seal or cap of the container. Some even come with a POA symbol—Period After Opening— on the box so that you know how many months your product has before it should be thrown away.

 

Give products at least 4-6 weeks to see results.

As much as we hate to say it, most skincare products won’t instantly transform your skin. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re not working. When it comes to introducing a new product into your routine, patience and consistency is key. We recommend allowing 4-6 weeks of consistent use before coming to a final consensus. 

Tip: A good rule of thumb is to approach changes to your routine step-by-step so that you can see what actually works for your skin and what doesn’t. This will add personal value to your existing skincare collection and reduce some of that unnecessary clutter of lingering products.

 

Switch up your skincare routine every season.

Your wardrobe shouldn’t be the only thing that changes with the seasons. In spring and summer, your routine should be focused on balancing hydration and sun protection. This is the best time to switch out those heavy moisturizers and foundations for a light serum or tinted BB/CC cream.

During the fall and winter months, it’s all about keeping your skin nourished and moisturized— we like to call this the season of masking and relaxing. At this time, we welcome the many layers of moisturizers and creams back into our lives with open arms and [slightly] dryer skin.

  

Look for “no no” ingredients that you can switch out.

Just as you should care about what goes in your body, it’s also just as important to know what goes on your body. Becoming familiar with the ingredient labels of your daily skincare regimen may be an unexpected eye opener for some of us. Knowing the specific ingredients that can cause inflammation or irritation to your skin is key to having an effective beauty routine.

Once you do some research and take a good look at what you currently have stocked in your skincare cabinet, your Spring-cleaning purge is sure to be a much-needed success!

Here are a few common ingredients to look out for:

  • Parabens
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Sulfates
  • Petrolatum
  • Coal tar
  • Hydroquinone
  • Triclosan
  • Oxybenzone
  • Phthalates
  • Alcohol
  • Mineral Oil

 

To Good Health & Beautiful Skin,

Purlisse 💋