10 Steps to Rehab Your Beauty Routine
We often look to miracle products to solve all of our skin issues, but what if I told you that you could rehab your beauty without buying a thing? These 10 steps will help to clean up your routine and hopefully your skin will thank you soon.
1. Throw out old makeup
Did you know your makeup doesn't last forever? I know, shocker. But most of it will last about 6mo-12mo once you've opened it up. Natural beauty products should be used up in a year since they don't have as many synthetic preservatives.
2. Get rid of harsh skincare products
That pore cleansing mask that promises to strip out everything, well, it strips out your natural oils too. Even though the immediate results can be satisfying (oh the tingling and the burning!), if you find that your skin is red and irritated afterwards, it's time to let it go.
3. Simplify your routine
Having a 15-step nighttime routine is all the rage these days on social media. But using too many products can confuse your skin. Wait you want me to be matte and oil-free, but also super hydrated? Try to focus down your routine to achieve the results you want to see.
4. Wear less foundation and concealer
Confession: I'm a beauty blogger who doesn't wear any concealer of much concealer. When I used up my super pricey Chantecaille foundation, I just stopped wearing any at all. I've been pleasantly surprised with the results and my skin is thanking for me since it can now breathe and my pores are not clogged. Try it!
5. Take your makeup off when you get home
How amazing does it feel to change into your comfy clothes as soon as you get home? Did you know that 92% of women take off their bra as soon as they step in the door? Okay, I made that up! But the same goes for your skin. If you cleanse and moisturize it as soon as you get home, you'll be increasing the time it is getting proper care and hydration.
6. Remove ALL of your makeup
Sure, running into the bathroom during a commercial break and using a makeup remover wipe feels like you're doing something, but it's not enough. I like to use micellar water with a cotton cloth to remove my makeup because then I can see when it's all off. It's weirdly satisfying.
7. Wash your sheets and towels
Clean environment, clean skin. If you're noticing bumps on your face, try washing your sheets (especially your pillow case) and towels. While you're at it, clean your cell phone. Clean all the things that could possible touch your face. Oh, and don't touch your face!
8. Clean your makeup brushes
We all know this one but sometimes it's hard to keep up with. So make it easy on yourself and get it on your calendar. My reminder is set for every two weeks. Using Dr. Bronner's soap is a super easy and cheap method. Also lay your brushes flat after you clean them so that the water doesn't go back up into the brush. You're welcome.
9. Just wash your hair and leave it, don’t touch it at all
I was listening to a podcast and a hairstylist said, your best hairstyle will be when you wash your hair and then don't touch it at all, letting it air dry. It might take a little while, but your hair will find it's natural way of being and you'll be reducing the damage by not drying it and the frizz by not rubbing it with a towel, hairbrush, or your hands. Seems scary at first but maybe give it a try on a weekend when you're in full-on beauty rehab mode.
10. Stop washing your hair all together
It's called the "no poo" method and it's catching on. Every time you wash your hair with shampoo, you strip it of natural oils. Then your hair's sebaceous oil glands produces a ton of those natural oils to make your hair less dry, causing a greasy effect. If you wash much more infrequently, you can break the dry/greasy cycle. Sure, it can get greasier at first but after a couple of weeks, you should be seeing results.
Let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these beauty rehab techniques or if you have more that aren't listed here. What I love about these techniques is that they require spending less time on beauty, not more. Now I want to know is, what are you going to do with all your extra time?