Maintaining a cleaner beauty routine is a great idea in theory, however revamping your current line-up is likely a daunting task. I’m here to tell you that cleaning up your regimen doesn’t have to be difficult—nor is there a “right” way to do it.

It can be as simple as versing yourself on a few common ingredients to look for (or to avoid). Or maybe you just want to start by swapping in a new moisturizer and work your way through the rest of your shelf from there. Every little bit counts, for both the environment and your health.

1. Declutter

In order to “clean up” your beauty routine, it’s highly useful to clean up your routine—that is, sorting through all the products you own and getting rid of anything that isn’t crucial to your regimen. Yes, this means tossing any expired products as well as the items that you never use!! As with any kind of deep clean, this is the time for tough love.

2. Read labels

Well-versed beauty devotees know reading your product label isn’t so different from reading a nutrition label at the grocery store: You want to assess the different ingredients and keep an eye out for anything that looks questionable.

3. Reassess

Once you’ve gotten a feel for the different ingredients, it’s time to consider your own priorities and decide which products to keep in rotation and which to replace. Keep in mind that this is up to you. It’s easy to get caught up in the “good” versus “bad” paradigm, but the truth is that it isn’t so black and white. An ingredient that causes sensitivity in one complexion might be just fine for another, and you can obviously decide how stringent you want to be.

4. Shop for clean beauty brands

Here’s the good news: There’s never been a better time to shop for clean beauty. As countless new brands continue to challenge the retail space with their sustainable packaging and truly revolutionary formulas, older standbys are following suit and upping their own commitment to their formulas.

5. Play, learn, experiement

Now, the fun part: Find your new favourites by shopping and experimenting. And as you continue to shop, read labels, and explore the world of clean beauty—whatever that means to you—you’ll quickly become an expert about everything you’re putting on your skin.

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