31 Day Skin Care Re-Boot Challenge- Day 5
Purge All Old Skin Care And Make-Up
Do you look at the expiration dates on the foods you eat? Of course you do. But many of us pay more attention to the expiration dates on our credit cards than we do to the dates on our beauty products. These’s a reason why beauty products have expiration dates, they can harbor harmful bacteria , yuck!
Does it really matter if you use expired products?
It matters if you want the results you paid for. Using products after the expiration date can result in harm to the skin (as in the case of an expired sunscreen) as well as getting NO benefit at all from a product. For example, some acne and anti -aging products contain medications and medications expire , rendering these products practically useless.
When is it time to purge?
Below is a list of expiration dates for popular beauty products after opening :
- Sunscreen – 6 months ( but if you are unsure , always purchase a new one)
- Body Lotions – 2 years
- Perfume– 2 years
- Nail Polish– 1 year
- Anti- Aging and acne treatments– 1 year
- Facial Cleansers– 1 year
- Mascara– 3 months
- Eye/ Lip liner- 2 years
- Liquid or gel eye liner– 6 months
- Powders ( foundations, eye shadows, blush )- 12-18 month
- Cream Foundations– 18 months
- Concealer – 12-18 months
- Lip stick– 1 year
- Lip gloss- 12- 18 months
Tell tale signs your products have expired
If you notice any of these changes in your products, it’s time to trash it!
- Offensive or bad odor
- Product looks thick and gunky
- Product changes color
- Product separates (most commonly found in lotions, foundations and nail polish)
- Product becomes watery
- Product changes consistency
- Product is cracking
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Written By : Alice Wilcox
July 21, 2016