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Less Mess = Less Stress ; Bathroom Cabinet Cleanout

With Christmas behind us but New Year’s Eve still a few days a way, you may be finding yourself with a little down time. If you want to start the year with a clean slate, you might take this opportunity to literally clean out the old, so you can welcome in the new. A few ideas to point you in the right direction:

Clean out your bathroom cabinet:

• The average woman has over $400 in unused skin care products in their bathroom cabinets. All those gifts with purchase and miracle-in-a-bottle lotions and potions start collecting dust a few weeks after you bring them home. Less mess= less stress, so if you are never going to use it, you might as well throw it out. (When you’re ready to commit to a skin care regimen that really works, come in to Fresh Dermatology and we’ll help you find one that won’t go to waste.)

• Sunscreens expire after 3 years, so if you don’t remember when you bought it you may need to throw it out. Keep in mind it sat on the shelf at the store for some time before you bought it.

• Prescription medications, even creams like RetinA or Tazorac, will have an expiration date stamped on the tube, usually on the very end. Time goes by faster than you think, so double check the dates and throw out any that are expired. That includes those little sample tubes you got at the dermatologist’s office. If you never bothered to fill the prescription, you probably don’t need the medicine so get rid of it.

• Antioxidant serums like Vitamin C and fade creams containing hydroquinone will yellow a bit with age. If the color has changed completely, the product is probably no longer effective. Throw it out and plan to replace it when time and money allow.

• Next, it’s time to wash your makeup brushes. Before you start take a moment to drop your rings in jewelry cleaner so they can get a nice bath while you work. My secret weapon for washing makeup brushes is the swimwear cleaner from Everything But Water. Specially formulated to remove dirt and oil from swimwear, it will do an amazing job on your makeup brushes. Dip the brushes directly into a bowl of cleanser then rinse in lukewarm water. Dry flat overnight.

• Finally, if you’ve got a Clarisonic, toss your old brush head and replace it with a new one. Toothbrushes and Clarisonic brush heads need to be replaced every 3 months.

-CT

*photo courtesy of realsimple.com

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