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Your Healthy Beauty To-Do List

Five must-dos for your beauty bag.

| August 12th, 2011
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Organize your makeup drawer, throw out your expired products, give your brushes a rinse - here are a list of the top 5 tasks to put on your beauty to do list for healthier, prettier days ahead.

Wash Up...
Your makeup brushes not only pick up pigment, they grab hold of dirt and bacteria along the way. If you have sensitive or acne- prone skin, a dirty makeup brush can be a serious downfall. Take a few minutes to wash off those brushes with a mild soap. Then prop them upside down so excess water drains and let them dry overnight. You can rest assured you're not swiping your skin with germs the next day.

Bonus: Is Your Makeup Making You Look Old?

Nix razors...
It's easy to become a razor collector, leaving dull ones strewn about in the shower. A dull razor not only doesn't make for a good shave, having to go over the same area repeatedly can irritate your skin. It's best to dry your razor after you use it and toss it as soon as your blade gets dull.

Expiration dates...
You may have a beautiful relationship with your favorite mascara, but it's super important to let go when it gets old. If your mascara has a funky smell, it's a tell-tale sign that it needs to be tossed. Mascara tubes are perfect homes for bacteria - you don't want that near your eyes!

File down...
If you're a fan of at-home manicures, check your tools periodically. If files are scratched up and white, toss them. Using a barely-there file on your nails can put pressure on them causing them to weaken.

Bonus: How To Save Your Manicure!

Fix clumpy polish...
If you just can't let go of your favorite nail color but it's gotten a tad bit dry, try pouring a tiny bit of polish remover in the bottle and shake it up. This will break down clumps so you can stretch that bottle another mani or two.

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