I’ll be honest, I’ve held on to some beauty products for far too long. I have some eye shadows and lipsticks that I don’t wear all the time and parting with them is hard. I love the look of a full vanity table, but it’s time to clean house.
We are discussing our beauty products, their lifespan and when it’s time to replace them. The clock starts ticking on your skin, hair and makeup items the moment you buy them. To stay on top of their shelf life, write the purchase date on each one.
Use these tips as a guide to determine what to keep and what to replace:
- Be sure to tightly close lids on hair care products. Store them properly and they should be good for at a year. This holds true to some skin care products, if you notice any changes in texture, color, or smell, kiss it good-bye. Those items should be tossed and replaced.
- Fragrances can last a long time if kept away from direct sunlight and humidity and stored at room temperature. The fragrance may soften and become more subtle over time.
- Anyone that does their nails or gets manicures, knows that nail polish can thicken and become gooey over time. Make sure bottles are tightly closed and kept away from direct sunlight. Never leave your nail polish in a warm vehicle or near heat; it’s flammable. Don’t learn this the hard way like I did.
- Mascaras is a heavy use item. Don’t pump the wand, it pushes air in the tube and don’t share. Your mascara brush transfers bacteria from your eye into the tube and this can lead to infection. Replace your mascara every three months.
- Like mascara, eyeliners are also germ centers and should be replaced every three months. Automatic pencils can be kept up to six months and wooden pencils up to two years. Sharpening wooden pencils creates a clean tip. Use rubbing alcohol to keep your sharpener germ and bacteria free.
- Creamy foundations, concealers, blushes and shadows can last up to a year. If a you apply your make-up with your fingers, keep these items for no more than six months.
- Powder makeups don’t contain water and can stay germ-free for years, but chemical changes may occur.
- Like powder, lipsticks don’t contain water but over time they oxidize and change color.
- Whether styling your hair, applying makeup, or working on your complexion (washing your face) always start with a clean palette.
- Let your eyes be your guide, examine your beauty products before using them and make healthy, hygienic choices on what to keep and what to replace.
As much as I enjoy my collection of cosmetics, I never use the old stuff. (I know, I need to let them go). I have bad allergies so I replace my things all time, I have to work on throwing things away. My shampoos and skincare items are frequently replaced because I use them up. With the exception of body lotion, I rarely purchase jumbo-size items because I’d rather replace something that I used up as opposed to tossing a bottle of shampoo because it’s too old to use.