Spring is traditionally the time where we look at the mess we accumulated over the winter and feel a deep urge to get it clean, uncluttered and organized. Make sure you include items that come in contact with your skin on your Spring Cleaning List.
Remembering to deal with these items will help you to avoid spreading bacteria that can aggravate acne, rosacea and other skin conditions.
Here are the items to put on your Skin Care Spring Cleaning List;
Pillow cases - for skin care clients with acne, change them every few days; for all others, weekly should be fine. Avoid harsh detergents, look for soft fabrics if buying new. Microfiber is very soft, and resists bacteria.
Cell phones - I can't tell you how many times I see one sided acne that when all is said and done comes down to a cell phone touching the cheek. Text-ers need to consider that the same fingers you use to text on your grimy phone end up touching your skin - and other things. A swipe with an alcohol pad every day will do the trick.
Hats - Ever notice breakouts that seem to span your forehead in the exact place your brim is? Hats collect sweat especially at the brim. Wash or replace.
Sunglasses and glasses - wipe with alcohol pad - concentrate at the bridge of the nose and wherever the frame touches your skin (usually top of cheeks). Also remember to cleanse the case if you use one.
Makeup more than a year old - no cleaning here, throw it out. Its not worth the risk. This is especially important with mascara. You touch a brush to your lashes and then put it back in a tube, over and over again. Think about it.
Makeup brushes - I prefer a natural brush cleaner weekly to keep the bristles soft for my personal brushes. For those brushes I use professionally, its an after-each-use scrub of hot water, natural antibacterial cleanser, and mushing the brush head into the soap vigorously for 60 seconds. Rinse, repeat, squeeze out excess water and lay them on a clean white towel to air dry thoroughly. Do not put into a closed container while still damp, or you've defeated the purpose of sanitizing the brush.
Clarisonic brushes - Ditto for the hot water/antibacterial scrub routine listed above. Do this after each use if you have active skin issues (you shouldn't be using this brush on active lesions anyway, but I know you do it).
OK, get to work, and enjoy the sweet-smelling, confidence-inspiring fruits of your labor. If you have any questions, post them on my FaceBook Page so everyone can benefit.
Joanna Tringali, Holistic Esthetician and Massage Therapist
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