It goes without saying beauty involves finding your daily routine – washing your face, moisturizing, applying makeup, removing it, etc. Once you have that nailed down though, you’ll likely start to develop some other routines that take place on a regular but less frequent basis. I’m talking weekly, monthly and even annual processes.
Over the years I’ve developed some important rituals to stay on top of the products I’m using, the cleanliness of my tools and products and to keep things clutter-free. I thought I’d share my main routines and what’s involved – I’d love to hear if you share the same ones or if you have others!
Brush Cleaning Easily my least favourite of all my beauty-related to dos, I do a deep brush cleaning once a week (in addition to spot-cleaning throughout). This makes my life so much easier for a lot of reasons – product goes on better, build-up from daily products like foundation are eliminated, brushes used for highly pigmented products are wiped clean and above all, it keeps my skin happy. Lately I’ve been LOVING Sephora’s Dry Clean: Solid Brush Cleanser. It’s definitely their in-house copycat to beautyblender’s solid cleanser, but the price tag is far less heart-attack inducing and it does an excellent job with both my brushes and beautyblender. Even the most stubborn makeup easily washes clean with this stuff. If you’re looking to keep things a little more budget-friendly though, good old fashioned baby shampoo also works wonders!
Exfoliation Ever since I had a proper facial and skin consultation, I’ve switched up how often I exfoliate since I discovered my skin needs major TLC throughout the week. I use a cleansing milk versus a typical gel cleanser on a daily basis, and I save exfoliating for Sundays. I highly recommend getting a professional’s opinion on the best way to take care of your skin and looking into how often you should scrub – my skin’s been thankful for it since I made the change!
Deep Skin Treatments This usually involves a face mask of some kind and definitely a Bioré strip to tackle blackheads. The pores on my nose and chin tend to really get hit with blackheads the hardest (as most women experience) and so I make an effort to treat them accordingly on a weekly basis. I love The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Face Mask and the Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips.
Clarifying Shampoo Since hair products to build up in your strands, it’s a good idea to look into a clarifying shampoo and use it weekly to ensure your hair doesn’t get weighed down with everything shampoo, serums and sprays leave behind. I’m a big fan of Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue Shampoo which you can grab a massive bottle of at Wal-Mart for a fair price (if I recall, mine was about $11 and I’ve only ever bought it once).
De-cluttering & reorganizing Every four weeks or so it’s a good idea to check that what’s stocked in your vanity is worth the space. I don’t do a full intense purge this often, but I do try and scan for anything I haven’t touched that’s there. Most often I find things like eye shadows, pencil or gel eyeliners get tossed the most often since I just never find a way to use them.
Restocking Essentials Things like cotton pads, batteries for anything electric (my heated eyelash curler!), q-tips and sponges are major essentials for me and I always like to have lots on hand. Pro-tip – use cotton pads made with organic cotton versus regular. Those things are touching the delicate skin on your face, and organic cotton isn’t treated with the same harsh chemicals and pesticides regular cotton is. The Body Shop carries organic cotton pads that are fantastic, and perfect for stocking up on during their promotions!
Six to Twelve Months
Major purging If you’re not checking the expiry dates on your makeup products, start now! Especially things that are going near your eyes like mascara. Makeup at best lasts a year, and even if it says longer it might be worth questioning if it’s lasted you longer than that. Between expired makeup and taking a good hard look at what you’re really using, you should be spending some serious time making sure everything is there for a good reason.