The Beauty Products Our Editors Are Purging For Spring Cleaning

What's that smell? No, it's not the scented dry shampoo that's masking your unwashed hair. It's spring. The season of flowers, dreamy manicures, and outdoor mimosas is officially here. Well, almost here. Winter is still holding on like that ex-lover that won't get the hint, but we can still dream of fresh, floral scents and rosé cocktails.

In preparation for spring, we're starting to purge the things in our life that don't bring us joy à la Marie Kondo. And our first target is the bathroom cabinet, where our beauty products are piling up. Over the last few months, we've tested so many new releases — some winners and others duds — but it's time to part ways with the things we don't need and make room for the newness. We're also looking into recycling programs, like Terracycle, that sustainability dispose of our beauty goods, because the product purge process involves a lot of plastic.


With all that in mind, we asked a few Refinery29 beauty editors to tell us what they'll be tossing out before spring and which product they'll be replacing it with. Their picks, ahead.

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Thatiana Diaz, Beauty Writer

Tossing: Heavy Moisturizer

For: Lightweight Moisturizer (with SPF)

"In the depths of winter, I'll leave my house without my phone before I step outside without a solid layer of heavy moisturizer. Without that protection, my face would be a red, flaky mess. And while my moisturizer and I have had a solid run, I've realized the thick consistency isn't ideal for warmer weather. So, I'm in the market for a lightweight moisturizer with SPF (important). The one everyone is buzzing about is from Supergoop. My fellow editors are loving how light and non-greasy it feels on the skin — one colleague raved that it has a 'satin-like finish.' After that, I was sold."
Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturizer$38.00 Buy
Megan Decker, Beauty Writer

Tossing: Heavy Conditioner

For: Lightweight Shine Drops

"My hair tends to look and feel super dull in the winter, so for the past few months I've been following my shampoo with a big glob of conditioner, running it down the shafts and ends of my hair, in an effort to keep it looking shiny. But as the weather is getting warmer and the humidity is setting in, my fine hair is falling flat and feeling sticky from product buildup. So I'm cutting back on heavy conditioner and adding a tiny drop of this lightweight shine serum to my damp hair to keep my ends healthy, and hopefully frizz-free, through the spring."
Oribe Gold Lust Power Drops$58.00 Buy
Cat Quinn, Beauty Director

Tossing: Cream Cleanser

For: Gel Cleanser

"In the winter, my face can't tolerate much in the way of cleansers — anything mildly stripping sends it into a ruddy, flaky mess. But with the weather getting warmer, my combination skin calls for a gel-based formula that keeps my oily, acne-prone skin in check. This one washes away all my makeup, controls excess oil, and keeps breakouts at bay — without irritating my skin."
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser$20.00 Buy
Rachel Krause, Senior Beauty Editor

Tossing: Eyebrow pomade, powder, and tinted gel (in that order)

For: A pomade and gel hybrid

"One day, when I was about 20, I realized how much better my entire face looked with the sparse inner corners of my eyebrows filled in... and never looked back. Since then, I've had a legit eyebrow routine that is far and away the most time-consuming part of my actual makeup routine: All told — from dipping an angled brush in pomade to create shape, adding powder to shade the uneven areas, then setting it all in place with a tinted gel — it probably takes about 10 minutes. This is my life! But this new brow ~innovation~ is made for people like me. The teeny-tiny brush makes it easy to swipe it through the whole brow for fullness, then use the narrow tip to fill in the annoying front areas. It stays on forever and has cut my daily brow routine down by two-thirds. Just think of all the free time I'll have."
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel$18.00 Buy
Jessica Cruel, Deputy Beauty Director

Tossing: Hydrating Face Masks

For: Brightening Under-Eye Patches

"In winter, I have a weekly masking ritual. I cover my face with a sheet mask or moisturizing balm, and curl up with a cup of sleepy time tea. But come spring, the only weekly appointment I’m guaranteed to keep is Margarita Monday at the local taco joint. All the rooftop happy hours, mimosa brunches, and bachelorette trips make my under-eye circles 10 times worse. So, I'm swapping my pile of face masks for a box of concentrated eye patches to get a post-tequila, pre-work revival."
Erno Laszlo Multi-Task Eye Serum Mask$35.00 Buy
Aimee Simeon, Beauty Writer

Tossing: Night Cream

For: Facial Oil

"There's something heavenly about that dewy (almost greasy) feeling my thirsty skin gets from a thicc night cream in the winter. But once temperatures starting rising, that feeling morphs from soothing to suffocating. This spring, I'll be tucking away my balmy night lotions for something more lightweight, like this serum. It leaves my skin hydrated and glowing in the morning, but it won't make my pores sweat while I sleep."
Joanna Vargas Rescue Serum$150.00 Buy
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