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Reduce & Simplify | How To Declutter Your Skincare Collection


A while ago I wrote a blog post all about minimising and reducing my makeup collection, which you can read here. It got me thinking about other areas in my life that I can reduce and minimise further and one big area for me was my skincare. My makeup post was pretty popular with you guys so I thought that I would share this de-cluttering process with you as well. Keep reading for some tips on how to reduce and minimise your skincare collection….


WORK OUT A BASIC SKINCARE ROUTINE


My skin needs can change on a seasonal, monthly and sometimes weekly basis. I wouldn’t say that I have sensitive skin, but it does tent to change depending on the weather, my diet, hormones and stress levels! For this reason, I seem to justify to myself that I need a million and one beauty products to help my skin no matter how it’s feeling. What I have learnt however is that simplicity is key, and once I got my skincare regime based around a just a few different products I really noticed a difference. 

Obviously other factors still play a role (hello monthly emotional breakouts!) but over all I have found that a simple routine is what work’s best for me. Much of this has been through trial and error and to some it may seem like I still use a lot of products. However, I have found that these are the steps that work best for me:

DAILY SKINCARE PRODUCTS

- Face Wash
- Eye Makeup Remover
- Cleanser
- Toner
- Serum
- Moisturiser
- Eye Cream

WEEKLY OR BI-WEEKLY PRODUCTS 

- Face Masks 
- Exfoliator
- Hydrating Cream
- Facial Oil


DECIDE WHAT YOU NEED & BE MINDFUL


So, now you have worked out what products you want in your skincare routine, it is time to decide what you want to keep and what you need to get rid of. I find that with any sort of de-cluttering, gathering together everything that you own from that category into one place is the best way to start. I’m a huge beauty lover and working in the blogging industry, I am lucky enough to receive some lovely products to write about on my blog. But no matter how many products you have to sort through I would make a cup of coffee, stick on an episode (or two) of RuPaul’s Drag Race and get de-cluttering!

Something I like to do is sort the products into piles before hand so that I know what I’m working with. For example, put all of your moisturisers in one area, face masks in another, cleansers in another and so on. I would then refer back to the routine that you are happy with and work through what you want to keep and what you no longer need. 

I would recommend keeping one of everything that you have in your new routine, ie one day cream, one night cream, one eye cream, one cleanser ect, and then keep one or two back up products (if you have them) to replace the products as when you use them up. If it is out of date or not a part of your daily or weekly skincare regime, throw it away. 

I have also been thinking more about where my products come from and opting to have skincare that is organic, vegan and promotes less packaging. I have recently started using a few products by Green People, an organic, vegan, fairly traded, ethical company. I have loved using their Vita Min Fix 24-Hour Cream that has avocado extracts and is lovely and hydrating. This combined with their Beauty Boost Skin Restore leaves my skin feeling plumed, bright and hydrated. I would therefore be more mindful with the products I keep in my routine, to ensure that I am one hundred percent happy with how they work and what they are made from. This is a personal preference, but it is something I like to consider when de-cluttering.  

Ultimately - If you don’t use it, it doesn’t work with your skin or it doesn’t a line with your values – get rid of it!


WHAT TO DO WITH THE PRODUCTS YOU DON’T NEED


Create a ‘to use’ pile – Whenever I have a clear out of anything, whether it’s my skincare, makeup, cleaning products or food products, I always create a little ‘to use’ pile. This is just a few bits that are maybe nearly finished or little samples that I don’t want to put back in my re-organised draws or cupboards, but that I want to use up first. 

Give to friends and family – whilst I’m having a clear out, I always keep my friends and family in mind before chucking anything I don’t want or use anymore. For example, there was a hand cream I hadn’t opened yet so I offered it to my mum before throwing it away. This way you can re-home things in a joyful way, rather than throw everything into landfill.

Throw It Away – When you have gone through everything that you don’t need, you don’t want to use up, and you’re pretty sure that no one you know will have any use for it, bin it. Make sure that you clean out any product and recycle as much of the packaging as possible though!

CREATE A SHOPPING LIST 


Once you have created your new routine, decided what products you are keeping and got rid of all of the products you no longer need it is time to create a shopping list. Now I know what you’re thinking – ‘a shopping list in a de-cluttering blog post?!’ – but bare with me…

Shopping lists help to keep you focused and not stray away from what you have already promised yourself. Shopping lists stop you from being sucked into bargains, from buying products that have looked appealing in adverts and from spending more money than you want to. So if you create a skincare-shopping list as you would a food shop list, then it keeps you on tract and prevents you from having to have another clear out in six months time…


Madolyn
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