ou cleaned out your closet after reading last month's newsletter, right? Now it's time to clean out your skin care and makeup shelves/drawers.
Most skin care products have a shelf life of about a year. So that exfoliator you bought five years ago and keep forgetting to use? Toss it! If you use your products on a regular basis (and of course you should be) a cleanser, toner and moisturizer will last about 2-3 months. An eye cream can last 9-10 months and treatment products will last anywhere from 3-6 months depending on the size of the container and how often you are using them.
Tips on when to toss those skin care products:
When it has a bad smell
When it has separated
When the texture of color has changed.
When it comes to makeup the golden rule is creams and lotions will deteriorate quicker than "dry" products. So a liquid or cream foundation will be good for about 6 months while a powder foundation will be good for 12-18 months. A cream blush is good for about 6 months while a powder blush is good for 12-18 months. Lipsticks can go a little longer - about a year - but don't try to stretch that out to 5 years! A good tip is this = when it starts to smell, it definitely is no longer usable.
And we all know that mascaras are the most vulnerable and you don't want to use anything around the eye area that could be compromised. A mascara absolutely must be thrown out after 3 months. If you use it every day it will be gone within 3 months. If you aren't using it daily, there may still be some left but don't be tempted. This is not the time to be frugal and worried about wastefulness. Use that mascara every day! It'll make your eyes pop and when it's all gone after 3 months you can go buy another, guilt-free.