Why not declutter your makeup bag to become a beauty friendly zone?
Everybody knows the importance of using eco-friendly products which are good for the health of our planet, but what about our own health? With every aspect of life being practically ‘poisoned’ with genetically modified food, artificial ingredients, and synthetic products, it is extremely difficult to live a truly healthy life, but that doesn’t mean we should not try. Eating clean we can manage, but what about makeup?
Clean up – seriously!
Throw everything out – on the table, of course, and wash the empty bag (hand wash if necessary, and throw in washing machine if not). While the bag is drying, take a good look at everything you have spread all over the table or counter. Anything that leaks or looks broken should leave your makeup bag immediately. Old mascaras which are dry already? Old foundations even though you have new ones? More than 3 eyeliners? Out with them and good riddance! Six packages of eye shadows that fall apart and smell funny? You should switch to organic eye shadow instead, it’s much healthier and easier to use. Dirty old makeup you seldom use is the perfect place for bacteria to grow, and you don’t want that on your face, do you?
Make your own lip balm
We all have a lip balm in your makeup bags, but we seldom look at the labels. If you want to steer clear of chemical-ridden lip glosses and lip balms, make your own using only four ingredients:
- Mango or cocoa butter (2 tablespoons)
- Virgin coconut oil (2 tablespoons)
- Beeswax, shredded (2 tablespoons)
- Vanilla extract (1 tsp)
Mix all ingredients except vanilla in a mason jar, and place it in water which you slowly heat so that oil and wax melt. Once melted, add vanilla and pour into lip balm containers.
Protect your hands
We tend to forget about our hands until they become dry and itchy, and then it takes them long to recover. Many women choose to carry hand moisturisers in their bad, but not in their makeup bags, so when the change handbags it stays forgotten. Find a healthy hand moisturiser that supports skin’s natural moisturising factor which is perfect for staying hydrated and well protected.
Stay (healthily) covered
By using primer, foundation, bronzer, and highlighter you are definitely clogging your pores and damaging your skin (not to mention clogging your makeup bag as well!). So try swapping them for a healthier option and try mineral foundations instead. Not only are these natural and extremely good for all skin types, but they cover our skin wonderfully and give it a health glow. Today you have much more foundations on the market and you can choose loose powders, tinted moisturisers, and liquids.
Keep your brushes in order
It doesn’t really matter whether you use natural or synthetic brushes or what brand name is written on the handle, the most important things is to keep them clean. If you are worried about using too aggressive chemicals which might get stuck between bristles, you can use simple ingredients which are more than effective: dish soap and olive oil. Mix two liquids together and work wet brush into the mixture, rinse thoroughly while gently squeezing so that water reaches every bristle, and leave to air dry (handle should be higher than bristles). If you use sponges, wash them with soap at least once a week.
Decluttering your makeup bag is not easy, especially if you are a beauty addict who is in love with every single one of her eyeliners, lipsticks, and nail polishes, but you have to draw a line somewhere and get rid of things you no longer use. Don’t forget that consistency is the key – keep your makeup bag clean and your skin healthy, clean up the clutter which will inevitably show up at least twice a year, and make sure you only use products that are not past their expiration date.
Guest post by Zara Lewis.
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