How to Spring Clean Your Skincare Stash
As a self-proclaimed makeup and skincare hoarder, I’ve learned a thing or two about organizing my stash. If you’re looking to declutter your collection just in time to transition your routine for spring, keep reading. Ahead, I’ve rounded up some tips and tricks to make your skincare spring cleaning go a lot quicker. Trust me, you’ll feel like Marie Kondo in no time.
If You Don’t Use It, Toss It
The hardest part of cleaning out a skincare stash is knowing what to throw out. My rule of thumb? If you don’t use it — toss it. Sure, we all have the products we don’t reach for everyday, (cue that Byredo body lotion or Skinceuticals H.A Intensifier) but if there’s some bottle you find yourself literally never touching, throw it out. Every two to four months, try purging the products you didn’t use, and you’ll find that your collection will become a lot less cluttered.
If It’s Not Empty, Gift It
On that note, I don’t recommend throwing out a product that you don’t use that’s nearly full and not expired. Instead, gift it to a fellow beauty lover — your mom, your grandma, etc. Better yet, there are organizations like the Beauty Bus Foundation or Project Beauty Share that will collect gently used products for hospital patients, homeless shelters and for women in need. You can also reach out to your local shelter to see if they are looking to collect these products.
Color, Temperature and Light Coordination Is Key
I like to color coordinate my serums, moisturizers, masks and other treatments to make them easy to find on my shelves. My top shelf consists of all purple, pink and white products, and the bottom has oranges, yellows, greens and blues. I make sure to keep my serums that are in dark bottles away from the sun and keep the temperature in my room on the colder side when I’m not at home.
Most-Used Products Go in Front
Perhaps the key of any stash organization is to make sure you’re keeping your most-used products at the front of your shelves. This makes it a lot easier to reach for what you need on a daily basis (especially when you have T-minus-ten minutes to get ready!). I also like to keep a few skincare products that I always use out on my vanity for a little decoration and major convenience.
Now, go forth and Marie Kondo that collection — your skin will thank you later.
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn