SPRING CLEAN: WHEN TO CLEAN OUT YOUR MAKEUP BAG

Posted in Makeup on September 7, 2015 by


We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but here it is…. cosmetics don’t last forever, friends.

Although it may be tempting to hold on to every last inch of powder or drop of lotion, it may be time to live and let go.

Consider this your tough love wake up call! It’s time to be strong and throw out all those discoloured, runny or lumpy cosmetics that are clogging up your beauty cupboard and potentially causing blemishes and even infection.

Here, we bring you a breakdown of beauty product expiration dates. Good riddance!

BEAUTY PRODUCTS TO CHANGE UP REGULARLY

It sounds gross but your mascara is a breeding ground for bacteria. This is why it should be replaced every four to six months, when it starts getting clumpy and drying out. Liquid eyeliner also has the same lifespan, but your pencil should last up to a year.

The same rule applies to your loofah. If you use it in the shower every day, it should be replaced way more frequently than you probably do. Think about it: you use it to slough off dead skin and the day’s dirt, so it can quickly become home to all sorts of nasties like bacteria and mould.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT LAST A BIT LONGER

Anything dry like powdered foundation, blush and eye shadows can last up to two years, if they’re kept out of the sun while their liquid, compact or creme counterparts generally last for a year.

Lipstick and lipliners should be good for up to two years, but just keep an eye on how well they apply. If they’ve been subjected to heat and have melted slightly, they might not going to be as smooth and may even turn out streaky. Of course, lipsticks are another hiding place for bacteria, so keep that mind whenever lending your lipstick to a friend.

One thing that offers longevity and is worth investing in is makeup brushes – if you buy good quality brushes, and you clean them with shampoo regularly. If your brushes start to shed or become stiff after cleaning, then it’s time to bin them.

Nail polishes might seem like they last forever but the truth is they too have an end date. After a year or two, they can become streaky, running and the colours can separate. TIP: Try storing them in the fridge to maximise the lifespan of your favourite polishes.

Perfume is another beauty essential that benefits from being stored in the fridge – never keep them in the sun or on a windowsill. When kept in a cool, dark corner, the scent will keep fresh and won’t sour.

MAKEUP

Mascara (regular or waterproof): 6 months

Liquid, pencil and gel eyeliners: 6-12 months

Concealers and cream, liquid and stick foundations: 6 months to 1 year

Powder-based products: 12-18 months

Lipsticks, lip gloss, and lip pencils: 12-18 months

Lips balms: 6 months

Bronzers and blush: 24 months

SKIN CARE

Serum: 6-12 months

Cleanser: 12 months

Eye cream: 6-12months

Day cream/night cream: 12months

HAIR CARE & STYLING

Shampoo and conditioners: 12-18months

Masks and leave-in treatments: 12 months

Dry shampoo: 12months

WARNING SIGNS

  • Unusually discoloured, runny or lumpy.
  • Strange odour, strong alcoholic scent.
  • Different texture on the skin.
  • Packaging that is deteriorating.
  • Dries out, becomes clunky.
  • Colour separates (foundation and nail polish) .
  • The product stops performing as best as it used to.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

  • Tighten lid of product after each use.
  • Wash your hands before use.
  • Ensure each product is stored in the correct climate or humidity (best stored in dark places).
  • Write the date of purchase in permanent ink.
  • Toss out any eye products after any infections.
  • Don’t share your beauty products.

And, after all of that, if you forget the purchase date, don’t fret. Just look out for the period-after-opening symbol (PAO)  — a number followed by an M with an open jar symbol — usually located on the back of packaging.

So, a “12M” with an open jar symbol means you should throw the product out 12 months after you’ve opened it. Pretty handy, huh?

Now, who’s keen to spring clean…?


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