Do Beauty Products Expire (Conclusion)

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! Last week I gave you a sneak peek into what is to come this week… When does your cosmetics expire??? This is an important question and I will tell you the answers with my PSA’s (Private Scholar Announcements)…MUAH!!!
As I stated last week, mascara has a shelf life of 3 months!!! 2 months is really the best time to purchase a new tube but you never want to go past 3. When you start to see the mascara getting dry and clumpy…that means it is time to say goodbye!!! Because air can push bacteria back into the tube, your eyes can become irritated or worse, you can get an infection like pink eye or swelling. My suggestion is to have one in reserve and purchase 2 at 1 time and when you run out of the second, purchase 2 more.
Last week I stated that liquid foundations, pressed and loose powder could last up to a year if you are cleaning your makeup sponges and brushes at least every 2 weeks. If not, the shelf life lessens to 6 – 12 months for liquids and creams but 1 year for powders because you are adding bacteria; dirt and oil back into and on the product. When this happens, you will see the product separate, the color or consistency will change and or the product will smell. Should this happen, throw it out so that you can prevent breakouts and or skin irritations!!!
Lipsticks, balms, stains and pencils should be replaced every year. It is said that they can replaced left often up to 2 years but if you think about it, your mouth is exposed to the most germs. You cough, you touch your lips with your hands, the air (smoke, smog and pollution) are exposed to the lips… you don’t wear a mask all day do you??? Then you reapply that gloss, lipstick or balm on top of everything. So, with that said, I say toss it after 1 year!!! Besides, 4 seasons have changed and new colors have come out so stop exposing yourself to germs and expose yourself to some new colors!!! However, if you are always applying with a lip brush and cleaning that brush on a regular, you can keep it up to 2 years. If your lipstick, balm or gloss starts to change in color, consistency or smell…throw it out!!!
It is said that Powder Eye shadow should be replaced every 2 years but I have to ask the question… Do you really want to replace something that is in constant contact around the eye area every 2 years??? I mean if you religiously clean your brushes and spay your shadow then I would say maybe; but none of us are that anal…not even myself besides, how many times have you blown on the shadow brush before you applied it to the eye spreading all those germs instead of taping it on your hand??? Mmm hmm, I know, I get it. So I say toss that shadow after 12 months and keep it moving. Let go and be happy that you don’t have any sort of eye infection!!! If you are looking to save money, purchase the quad shadows or shadow palettes with 8 -12 shadows and replace after 1 year. Again, if they smell or change colors…it is time to throw it out!!!
Most skincare products will last up to 1 year after you open it if they perform special duties like anti-aging, acne fighting or natural products. After a year, the special ingredients will start to loose the benefits or anti-aging products with Vitamin C or Retinol, will become more active and concentrated and the less active ingredients will lessen or evaporate. If this happens, your skin will become more irritated to the product that you have been using for a long time. It is not an allergic reaction; it is time to toss it. If the product does not have any major benefits like anti-aging, acne fighting or natural… and it is just a plain moisturizer, it will last longer about 18 months.
I have said it before but I will say it again and again… Makeup brushes and sponges have to be cleaned at least once every 2 weeks!!! Breakouts are not always due to stress and eating the wrong thing. Not removing your makeup and or cleaning your brushes can cause sometimes breakouts!!! The dirt debris and oil from your face can build up in the bristles of the brush, which is the cause of the breakout. Makeup sponges need to be washed after every use!!! Think about those times you have contaminated your powder with your sponge by applying and reapplying without washing it. When the powder changes color fast, it is because of the oil, dirt and debris from the sponge. Girls… throw it away now!!! You should not be that attached to a sponge, they are disposable you know!!! You can use a mild shampoo to cleanse your brushes or sponges as well as brush cleaner on a weekly basis if you are an over achiever…LOL. Here is a great video link on a how to below…
Ahh, I have saved the best for last…. Shower Poufs, Loofahs and sponges, oh my!!! These are not replaced as often as they should be. The shower pouf should be replaced every 6 weeks especially if you are not washing it every week with your laundry (to keep it from shriveling up, put it inside of a sock). The little string can harbor bacteria as well as mold and get slimy and gross!!! A loofah should be replaced more often like every 3-4 weeks as it cannot be washed in a washing machine and you are removing dead dry skin cells that have been exposed to the earth’s environment of smoke, smog and pollution. All of that build up over weeks along with the exposure to water is a breeding ground for bacteria.  This can cause skin irritation, rashes and breakouts. Make sure you give your pouf, loofah and sponge room to dry and sanitize or wash them often!!!
PSA Final thoughts: In closing, I decided to share this information with you today because it is not required by law that the FDA make cosmetic companies add expiration dates to their products if they are sold as OTC. It is only mandatory for products with prescriptions. It is unfortunate that Beauty Advisors don’t share this information, but sometimes, they just don’t know. It is also unfortunate that most cosmetic companies will not share this information with us the consumers who purchase their products and keep them in business. When you hold on to a product longer than the shelf life, longer than the expiration date, you can cause irritation or something worse to your skin in the long run.
To keep you safe, here are a few pointers to follow… If a product smells, changes colors, and or consistency, throw it away!!! If your go to product irritates you after the shelf life, toss it!!! Always wash your hands before you wash your face or put on your makeup. Keep your products in cool dry places and make sure they are closed after you use them. Just like a car depreciates once you drive it off of the lot… your products do the same once you open them as you have now exposed them to the bacteria in the air.
This concludes our PSA (Private Scholar Announcements) today!!! I hope you enjoyed them and if you have a tip on any of the above, or want me to cover a PSA topic, comment below; I would love to hear from you!!! MUAH

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