Tell-tale signs your beauty products need replacing
9 January 2015
Itâs a new year which often signifies a new you. While youâre in that âout with the old, in with the newâ frame of mind, itâs a good idea to take a look at your beauty products. Many of us cling onto old products which we barely use, simply because weâre saving them for big nights out. Itâs important to remember however that as with food, beauty products also have a shelf life. Hereâs what to bear in mind:
Itâs really easy for bacteria to build up on your mascara brush, making it a beauty product that will need replacing often to avoid itchiness and conjunctivitis. You should keep it no longer than about two or three months.
Itâs likely that youâve been saving a face mask in your bathroom cupboard for a girly pampering night. Bear in mind however that such products are ineffective after about three months and may cause your skin to become irritated.
- Acne busters
Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide â common ingredients found in Acne Skin Care products, have a fairly short shelf life. You may find storing these products in your fridge gives you a couple more monthsâ use but itâs not advisable to keep them for longer than six months.
- Foundation and concealer
If you use liquid foundation, you run the same risk as with your mascara. Once itâs been opened, itâs really only suitable for use for around six months to a year. Powder concealer can last for up to two years but after that, may cause breakouts.
If you only go on holiday once a year at the most, you really should be buying fresh sunscreen for each trip. The longer your sunscreen is left once youâve opened it, the more ineffective it becomes. The last thing you want is to end up sunburnt purely because your sunscreen is out of date. If youâre a keen traveller, keep your sunscreen no longer than a year â itâll probably last a lot less anyway if youâre using it correctly.
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