Out with the old and in with the new. As 2020 approaches, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re bringing with you into the new year, and what you need to leave behind. One area that could probably use some “spring cleaning” is your health, beauty, and skin care products. Over the years, you’ve probably received numerous bottles of lotions and body washes as gifts, amassed a collection of half-used bottles of creams and perfumes, and held on to barely used open tubes of lip gloss and eye shadow.
Aside from clearing up a cluttered counter, cleaning out your skin and beauty products is good for your health. Here, we’ll explain why.
Do Skin and Beauty Products Last Forever?
Like food and medications, skin and beauty products have expiration dates. Unopened and sealed products can remain shelf stable for a few years if stored at room temperature, but the clock starts ticking as soon as you open a new beauty, skin care, or makeup product. When a formula is exposed to air, some ingredients start to oxidize right away, which means your products will only be effective for a certain amount of time until ingredients completely degrade.
At best, expired beauty and skin products will dry out, separate, and become less effective. Foundation will become streaky, mascara will become clumpy, and lotions will become dry and crusty. At worst, old and expired beauty and skin products can cause infections. Every time you move products from your fingers and hands to the skin on your face and elsewhere, you transfer harmful bacteria and germs. Mold and yeast can grow in open beauty products that are stored in warm, moist environments. Microbes that fester in expired products can lead to conjunctivitis, sties, rashes, acne breakouts, and skin irritations. Using sunscreen past its expiration date can result in sunburns and sun damage.
Bad or expired products are recognizable by changes in color, consistency, texture, or odor. Many cosmetic products aren’t required to list expiration dates on the packaging. Keep the below timeline handy as you sort through your products.
When to Throw Away Skin Care Products and Makeup
- Liquid and cream makeup (including foundation, concealer, BB cream, bronzer, and eyeshadow): Throw away after 6 months
- Powder makeup (including blush, eye shadow, and highlighter): Throw away after 2 years
- Eyeliner: Throw away liquid eyeliner after 3 months and pencil eyeliner after 2 years
- Mascara: Throw away after 3 months
- Lip products (including lipstick, lip liner, and lip gloss): Throw away after 1 to 2 years
- Nail polish: Throw away after 1 to 2 years
- Perfume: Throw away after 8 to 10 years
- Face moisturizer: Throw away tubs after 6 months and pump bottles after 1 year
- Face cleanser: Throw away tubs after 6 months and pump bottles after 1 year
- Lotion: Throw away tubs after 6 months and pump bottles after 1 year
- Other products with skin-changing or anti-aging benefits (including toners, serums, exfoliators, masks, and scrubs): Throw away tubs after 6 months and pump bottles after 1 year
- FDA-regulated products: FDA-regulated products like sunscreen, acne creams, and over-the-counter products that contain drugs have expiration dates on the packaging
Cleaning Your Skin Care and Makeup Tools
Along with throwing out old, open, and expired skin care and beauty products, you need to clean and care for your skin care and makeup tools. Using dirty tools can lead to acne breakouts, rashes, dermatitis, and skin irritations. Unwashed brushes and sponges left in damp, humid bathrooms are an ideal environment for bacteria and fungus growth.
Clean tools help you apply makeup and skin products more evenly, with less clumping and streakiness. You should wash makeup brushes and reusable sponges like BeautyBlenders once a week. To clean, use fresh water and a gentle soap, shampoo, dishwashing soap, or face cleanser. You should throw away your brushes when the bristles shed, become frayed, or lose shape.
Visit Ageless Allure Medispa in the New Year
Start the new year with a resolution to take better care of your skin by throwing away expired skin and beauty products and regularly washing your skin care and makeup tools. Here are a few other tips to protect your skin health while using products:
- Wash your hands before application
- Use a cotton swab or disposable sponge to scoop product from jars, instead of your hands
- Close lids tightly after product use
- Store products in a cool, dry environment – like a linen closet – instead of your bathroom
- Don’t share products
Ageless Allure Medispa can also help you take better care of your skin. We offer a wide range of traditional and medical spa treatments that can help address acne, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, wrinkles and fine lines, and skin aging. Browse the services on our website and call our office today to schedule your next session.