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Your Skincare Routine Is Useless If You Don’t Do This

With the extra time given to us during the lockdown, it might be good not just to clean or get rid of clutter (out of boredom) but check up on your makeup drawer or makeup bag and see the status of the makeup products you have.

What lurks underneath the drawers of holidays and sales past, this is going to be quite an exciting endeavor. It has probably been a while for you to use some of these things or wear makeup in general so… now is the time to check out what you can and can no longer use. What makeup products have you always wanted to use but was stuck at the bottom of your makeup drawer or makeup bag? Hey, wearing makeup is another way to spice up the days during this lockdown.

However, it is important to remember that makeup does expire. The small square with a number and the capital letter M predicts how long it is best to use the product. The ingredients in the product often break down after a certain number of months and can attract bacteria. Using the product after these number of months can lead to bumps, skin irritations and rashes. It is often best to use this expiry period as a guide on how long to use the makeup product and how often and when is the right time to restock on that item.

Also, in terms of hygiene, it is best to clean makeup brushes about once a week so that the dirt, moisture and makeup particles do not gather at the bristles and cause skin infections or rashes when reused. Cleaning makeup brushes does not always require buying a cleaning kit from Sephora or Ulta. It can be as simple as:

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Filling a small container with warm water and shampoo (yes, the one you use every day or every other day for your hair)

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Cleaning the brushes one by one in the container by soaking the bristles in the water mixture

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Creating a circular motion on your hand or any flat surface to further remove the particles

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Rinsing the brushes and squeezing the bristles to make sure no amount of residue of makeup or shampoo is left

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Laying them out flat to dry

Makeup is not just an art form, it is also a part of skin care therefore, it is important to make sure you know about the products you use and for how long you can use them.

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