I’m Too Sexy: Tips For Loving The Skin You Are In


There is no shortage of self help books, self-esteem blogs and people out there ranting about motivation. Since 2013 began I’ve been on a personal crusade to encourage everyone to understand that they are amazingly and beautifully created by providing tips on keeping emotional clutter and stress out of the equation.

So, I figured it would be fitting to switch it up. Now that you’ve done some spring cleaning for the soul, how about showcasing your outter glow by shining up and displaying your sexy skin?

Women often do whole body detoxing, colon cleansing, and dieting, but how often do we truly cleanse our skin? Your skin is the largest organ, and sometimes your skin needs some extra love too. Men have needs too, because while Irish Spring is nice, it shouldn’t be used for all your 2,000 parts even if you can. (Have no fear, I’ve got some suggestions for the fellas next week.)

I know I’m not the only woman out there with a “makeup drawer”! The stash spot in your bathroom or bedroom with 4 year old maybelline mascara, cracked foundation, and a tube of lipgloss on its last leg. You know the one that’s oh so hard to find so you never quite use all of it… well ladies your love of luscious lashes and kissable lips may be doing your skin and body more harm than good.

Cleansing your makeup routine is just as important as cleansing your face, hair and body. Bacteria, dead skin and oils build up in products and on tools regularly and they need to be disinfected and cleaned. There is nothing more devastating than to know you’ve cleansed, toned and moisturized your face only to turn around and apply your makeup with a sponge, or brush covered in dead skin, and bacteria. Doesn’t that just seem like such an oxymoron? Can anyone remember the last time they checked to see if there was a need to trash your makeup stash? (That is totally rhetorical)

If you are unsure of the shelf life of your most beloved beauty must haves, here is a quick reference guide I’ve compiled for you:

Concealer: Up to 12 months

Powder: 2 years

Pencil eye liner:  Can last up to 3 years, but remember to sharpen regularly

Eyeshadow: 3 years (not the 6 you’ve had that paticular shade of blue that your favorite makeup line discontinued eons ago, that you so skillfully found on sale.)

Foundation: First do an ingredients check and determine whether your product is water or oil based. A water-based foundation will last up to 12 months, oil-based will last up to 18 months.

Lip liner: Up to 3 years

Lipstick: Some say 1-2 years. Others say up to 4 years. However, what no one is debating on is that if it has a sour or rancid smell, throw it out, it is officially spoiled!

Mascara: This product expires the fastest! Throw out after 4 months. Also, to make sure you don’t shorten the shelf life of your mascara, don’t pump the wand in and out — you’re exposing the product to an unnecessary amount drying air and bacteria.

Nail Polish: Up to 12 months, depending on the quality. (I am not at all surprised! I have a bag full of nail polish right now headed for the dumpster first chance I get.)

Body lotion: 2 to 3 years

Sunscreen: Check the package for an expiration date.

Shaving cream: About 2 years

As long of a list as that was, I’m not done!

BRUSHES!! Cleaning your makeup brushes is one of the most crucial things to keep up with for a few reasons. Aside from the obvious antibacterial efforts let’s discuss price. A decent makeup brush can cost you anywhere from $5 to around $50 or so. Not per set, but per brush!  Using dirty brushes can also alter the color of your makeup and/or the way it applies to your skin. Also makeup brushes made with animal hair tend to hold more bacteria than brushes constructed with synthetic nylon bristles. With that in mind cleansing your brushes is important to the longevity of your skin, brushes and pocketbook.

There are a number of products that can be used to clean brushes. Some are expensive, some are not, but one that is just right for any price range is baby shampoo! Cleansing your makeup brushes bi weekly or monthly is recommended, weekly if you have skin prone to breakouts and daily if you are using cream or liquid based products.

Wow, that was a lot! But not too much because you deserve to pamper the skin you are in. Catch you all next post!

-I.B. Soul

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