DI­ARY OF A COUN­TRY BEAUTY Kath­leen Baird-mur­ray spring-cleans her skincare regime

Kath­leen Baird-mur­ray stream­lines her ap­proach to skincare af­ter a restora­tive spring clean

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If clean­li­ness is next to god­li­ness, then God hasn’t been very present in my bath­room of late. Not be­cause, I has­ten to add, the four-walled tem­ple of van­ity has been a soap-shirker it­self – as my favourite room of the house, it is al­ways spick and span – but be­cause the stash of creams, lo­tions and po­tions is out of con­trol.

Spring cleaning your beauty habit, how­ever, is not easy, and the process starts unglam­orously with stor­age boxes. Head to Ikea or Muji for the best wipe-clean op­tions. Chuck out any prod­uct past its sell-by date. Ditto any­thing that has brought you out in a rash, or that makes too much of a mess in the sink, or is im­pos­si­ble to re­move from your hair­line. Take time to find a regime that suits you (for which I firmly be­lieve sim­plest is best), then stick with it for a while. Your skin’s life cy­cle is be­tween 21 and 28 days, and that’s the min­i­mum it will take to see a re­sult that is more than su­per­fi­cial.

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