Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine

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Spring’s new beginnings tend to focus on sprucing up the home, but “cleaning up” one’s makeup and skin care routine can also produce beautiful results. Cosmetics Cop Paula Begoun has a few tips to help women "Spring Clean" their beauty bags.

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Taking the concept of spring cleaning to your beauty routine is a great idea. - Cosmetics Cop Paula Begoun.

A change in season is the perfect time to weed through those beauty products—tossing out the bad and bringing in the best. “Taking the concept of spring cleaning to your beauty routine is a great idea,” says Cosmetics Cop Paula Begoun. “It’s a reminder to get rid of what’s gotten old and then find the newest, highest quality products for your skin.” With that in mind, Begoun and her research team have come up with five smart, easy tips anyone can use to look and feel beautiful this spring.

1.    Consider switching moisturizers. Live in an area where winter’s cold, dry air gives way to warm spring breezes and rising humidity? Swap that heavy, emollient face cream for a lightweight lotion or gel moisturizer. Pick one that’s loaded with antioxidants and repairing ingredients for younger, healthy skin. We like Mary Kay Timewise Night Restore & Recover Complex ($40) and Paula’s Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator ($23.95).

2.    Bump up that SPF! As long, gray, and dark winter days give way to brighter, sunnier days with more time spent outdoors, it’s wise to step up daily sun protection. SPF 15 may be fine for winter’s short, cloudy days but not when the sun shines for hours on end; look for a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 30 or greater. Top picks include philosophy help me spf broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 retinol day treatment lotion ($47), RoC Multi-Correxion 4-Zone Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 ($27.99), and Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 50 ($31).

3.    Spring’s makeup mantra: More color, fewer products! Toss lipsticks, pencils, liners, blush, foundations, or eyeshadow colors that have sat around unused for more than a year. Chances are they’ll never be worn again because they have dried up and won’t apply evenly or smoothly anymore. Pitch any opened mascaras older than three months, too!

Now, get ready to do more with less: Switch to a tinted moisturizer or BB cream for color plus coverage; liven up cheeks with a soft yet “there” coral blush (one of the hottest colors now), dust a bit of soft shimmer powder on eyelids and tops of cheekbones, and, right on trend, finish with a swipe of deep emerald green eyeliner and two coats of mascara. Check out our list of best makeup products here and have fun!

4.    Check the ingredient labels on skin care: The goal is to use products with the best ingredients proven to benefit, not harm, skin. That means checking each product for irritating ingredients like SD- or denatured alcohol, menthol, fragrant oils such as lavender or eucalyptus, potent fragrances, and sodium lauryl sulfate. All of those can cause problem skin that won’t look or feel its best, and they show up in lots of products—even those for sensitive skin! Learn more about how irritation hurts skin here.

5.    Toss the jars and clear bottles. Any skin care product with beneficial (read: anti-aging) ingredients that’s packaged in a jar or clear bottle is a problem. Why? Most of the best ingredients for skin are also light- and air-sensitive, so clear or jar packaging cause these delicate ingredients to break down with each use. Plus, dipping fingers in a jar each day isn’t hygienic. Look for products in opaque package designed to eliminate (or at least minimize) routine exposure to light and air. Find out more about why packaging matters here.

With these tips “spring cleaning” becomes a lot more fun; after all, who wouldn’t want to shop for new makeup or skin care instead of scrubbing the floors or washing windows? For more beauty advice and product recommendations visit CosmeticsCop.com.

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Led by best-selling author and beauty expert Paula Begoun, the Paula’s Choice Research Team evaluates and reviews hundreds of skin-care and makeup products, in books such as Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me as well as online at CosmeticsCop.com. Combining cosmetics industry knowledge and expertise, Paula and her team have developed the Paula’s Choice line of state-of-the-art formulations based on reliable, published skin-care research. Products include skin-care, makeup, body and hair-care products, beauty tools, and accessories. All products are fragrance-free, cruelty free, and environmentally friendly.

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