Ditch anything out-of-date
Make-up and skincare products expire, so to avoid the risk of break-outs and bacterial infections, follow the following ditch guide. Mascaras: keep for no longer than three months. Foundation and lipstick: hold on to for a year and then chuck. Liquid liners and concealers: bin after six months. To extend the life of anything from a pot or palette always wash your hands with antibacterial soap before using and make sure brushes get a thorough cleanse, using a brush cleanser or baby shampoo, once a fortnight. The same applies to your sharpeners, tweezers and make-up sponges. You should also check your moisturiser, eye cream and sunscreen for an expiration date. If anything is showing signs of expiration (look for colour changes, separation and funky smells) throw it out!
Switch up your moisturiser
Your skin’s needs change frequently. Hormonal fluxes, a change in weather and your diet, can all have an impact on what your skin requires. The seasonal switchover from winter to spring is another biggie so think about the ingredients your skin needs now. Skin tends to require more hydration in summer so consider switching to a product that boosts moisture levels and helps the skin to retain water, such as one containing Hyaluronic Acid. Lighter products feel more comfortable on the skin as the weather warms up and as the drying effects of cold windy weather become less of an issue, so if you favour a heavier cream in winter, try out a fluid. Certain skincare ingredients should be avoided or used less if you’re going to expose your skin to the sun, so reconsider your use of Retinol, Vitamin C and Glycolic Acid, saving products for evenings or avoiding them altogether. Finally, it goes without saying that you should be using a good quality sunscreen daily already, but if your sun exposure is going to increase in quantity or intensity then use a separate suncare product, in addition to your daily SPF-containing moisturiser.
Update your make-up
Go brighter lighter and sunnier with your make-up. If you can only add two products to your make-up bag to give it a summer makeover, make it a coral blush and a pinky-coral lip colour, such as Smith & Cult’s Shining Lip Lacquer in ‘The Lovers’ £23. The former will warm the skin, and bring colour to pallid winter-worn skin, while the latter will brighten the entire face and looks seriously hot against matt (faux) tanned skin.