With our choices in makeup, skincare, personal care products, we all have a beauty routine that we have down to the very t. But with the products that we’re applying to our bodies on a daily basis, it’s important that we take a few things into consideration for optimal health. The next time you apply your beauty routine, consider these questions below to make sure you’re having the safest routine possible.

Have You Cleaned Your Makeup Brushes Recently?

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It can be so easy to use your makeup brushes and then pop them right back into your makeup bag but cleaning your brushes is actually extremely important for the health of your skin. If you don’t regularly maintain your brushes, the buildup of bacteria and residue can lead to breakouts, clogged pores and skin irritations. It’s recommended that you clean your foundation and concealer brushes at least once a week to prevent buildup of product. For eyeshadow brushes, it’s recommended to clean them at least twice a month. No matter what kind or how many you have, cleaning your makeup brushes regularly will keep them at high quality while also helping to protect your skin.

What Kind of Ingredients are in Your Products?

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It can be so easy to find a product that you’re absolutely in love with, but have you ever thought about what might possibly be in that specific product? The unfortunate truth is that many mass-produced products aren’t always the safest when it comes to ingredients. Parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and triclosan are just some of the things that are in these products. That’s why the safest option is looking towards brands that are completely natural and use only the healthiest ingredients available. Next time you’re on a beauty run, look towards products that are certified vegan. You can either check the ingredients on the back of the bottle or you can look directly towards companies that are vegan operating. For example, hair color company, oVertone has made it clear that they are 100% vegan and cruelty-free and even have a PETA certification to prove it. They even made the effort to state the key ingredients they include in their semi-permanent hair color products, giving you full clarity on what you’re applying to your hair. Putting the time and investment in making sure that all your products are safe and healthy will pay off in the end and make you feel much better about what you’re applying daily.

Are Any of Your Products Expired?

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Yes, even beauty products can expire! Since there usually aren’t expiration dates on makeup products, there are a few things you should know regarding expired makeup. The fastest makeup usually to go is mascara. It’s recommended that you replace or try to use up all of your mascara within 3-6 months of purchasing it. While other products such as foundation, lipstick and nail polish can last for around one year. Similar to not regularly cleaning your brushes, expired makeup can begin to harbor bacteria and use of it can possibly lead to bumps, swelling, or rashes on your face. Since nobody wants to have to deal with that, make sure that you’re vigilant about replenishing your makeup supply on a somewhat of a regular basis.