Monday, November 17, 2014

Clean Out Your Cosmetics

Image by Lovisa Burfitt
As you stock up on some fun new cosmetics to prepare for the holiday parties ahead, take a look at what's currently in your makeup drawer. We're all guilty of hanging onto products for longer than we should, but how long is too long? Cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer published a helpful article in Harpers Bazaar that details the expiration dates you need to know. 

Mascara: 3 Months
This is one I actually knew. Liquid eye products are high-risk, so it's better to be safe than sorry. An eye infection can be very serious!

Lipstick: 1 Year
I'm obsessed with lip products- from lipstick to gloss, I can't live without them! However, I have so many different colors and formulas that I don't necessarily use them up in a year. This expiration date surprised me, but Jim writes that since lipsticks have oils in them, they can take on a weird smell over time and the texture can change. That sounds unpleasant, so I'm going to check mine out and make room for sone new ones!

Nailpolish: 1 Year (after opening)
You may have experienced this for yourself- after a year the nail polish can become thick and clumpy, which does NOT make for a beautiful manicure. Start fresh!

Moisturizers and Serums: 6 Months to 1 Year
This is an easy rule to follow. USE your moisturizer! It's what keeps your skin lookin' good. If you have some on your shelf that's been there for more than 6 months, you probably don't love it so toss it out. 

Makeup Sponges: Frequently 
Makeup sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria. Clean your sponges (and brushes) regularly, or replace your makeup sponges weekly (use a disposable variety). 

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