Tell-tale signs your beauty products need replacing

Tell-tale signs your beauty products need replacing

9 January 2015

It’s a new year which often signifies a new you. While you’re in that ‘out with the old, in with the new’ frame of mind, it’s a good idea to take a look at your beauty products. Many of us cling onto old products which we barely use, simply because we’re saving them for big nights out. It’s important to remember however that as with food, beauty products also have a shelf life. Here’s what to bear in mind:

  • Mascara

It’s 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.

  • Masks

It’s likely that you’ve 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 – 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 months’ use but it’s 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 it’s been opened, it’s 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.

  • Sunscreen

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 you’ve 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 The last thing you want is to end up sunburnt purely because your sunscreen is out of date.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 you’re a keen traveller, keep your sunscreen no longer than a year – it’ll probably last a lot less anyway if you’re using it correctly.


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