With cleaning and disinfecting becoming a habit, it’s time we finally apply it to our skincare and makeup routine as well. Here are 10 things you might be overlooking when it comes to sanitisation:
- Wash your hands
Yes, even in the cleanliness of your own home – washing your hands should be the first step in your skincare and makeup routine to keep it sanitary.
- Have a separate towel for your face
Don’t use the same towel as your body, and especially not your hair, as it transfers bacteria and products that might irritate your face.
- Wash your hair before your body
If you have body acne, it might be from conditioner clogging your pores. Try washing your hair first followed by your body to remove all the excess oil and irritants.
- Don’t store your products in the bathroom
Not only is it filled with bacteria, skincare and makeup products should be stored in cool, dry places – the heat and dampness from your showers can cause ingredients to break down, oxidise, melt and even mold. Yikes!
- Throw away expired products
We know it’s hard to part with some of your faves, but when makeup and skincare ingredients expire, it allows the products to become a breeding ground for bacteria. This could be the cause of your acne and skin irritation.
- Don’t touch the dropper
Whether you use it on your face or in your hand, don’t touch the dropper as it’ll transfer the bacteria back into the bottle and contaminate the whole product. We see this faux pas in beauty videos a lot.
- Use a spatula
Stop using your fingers to scoop the product out of a jar, instead use the cute baby spatula that comes with it to avoid contamination. Don’t forget to keep them clean!
- Clean your brushes every week
But if you have an active skin breakout, wash your brushes after each use to avoid spreading the acne-causing bacteria the next time you wear makeup.
- Wipe down your metal tools
Sanitise your trusty tweezers and eyelash curlers with anti-bacterial wipes twice a month to avoid a build-up of germs and get rid of mascara gunk.
- Change your pillowcase twice a week
You might even sleep better knowing that your pillowcase is clean from all the oil and dirt built-up from both your hair and face.
We hope you make it a habit to keep your skincare and makeup routine clean!
What – we have to wash our face twice in one routine?! You don’t have to, but it has been proven to be an effective way of cleansing your face and removing all traces of a hot, sweaty day (and a beat mug!).
Following the 60 second rule (twice), double cleansing consists of two cleansers – an oil-based cleanser and a water-based cleanser. The oil-based cleanser is used first to dissolve oil, remove makeup and debris, while the second cleanser targets your skin type and concerns. Licensed aesthetician, Nayamka Roberts-Smith (@LaBeautyologist), suggests doing this twice a day – in the morning to prepare your skin and the evening to remove impurities.
It’s important to remember that skincare always depends on your skin type, so make sure you choose the right cleansers to make this routine work. Look out for gentle cleansers with hydrating ingredients to avoid over-washing and over-drying your face. Here are a few suggestions from Sephora:
With double cleansing doing the extra work to remove stubborn pore-blockages and acne-causing bacteria, you should be able to see your skin glow and provide a squeaky clean canvas to skincare treatments for better absorption and maximum results. Try it out!
What if we told you this must-have addition to your skincare routine is absolutely free! That’s right – no tools needed, just 60 seconds of your time.
The #60SECONDRULE was created by licensed aesthetician, Nayamka Roberts-Smith (@LaBeautyologist), to help her clients get the most out of their cleansers. A nugget of knowledge, she shared that gently cleansing your face, with your fingers, for 60 seconds activates the ingredients and allows the cleanser to work. Most of us have been guilty of washing our face for less than 15 seconds, but by following this tip – you’ll notice softer skin and better texture.
Skincare Twitter swears by the #60SECONDRULE – the once trending hashtag is filled with testimonies of transformed skin. However, as with all skincare advice, do remember that it ultimately depends on your body, but there is no harm in experimenting with a few more seconds! By thoroughly washing your face, you’ll be able to dissolve the sebum and blockages better, which then improves overall evenness.
Try it out and if you need a more fun way to keep count, Roberts-Smith suggests singing along to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. Go get that glow!