Replace Your Old Beauty Products
When It’s Time to Replace Your Old Beauty Products
How many of us are guilty of having drawers full of beauty products, some that are as old as that mystery container sitting in the back of the freezer for the last 4 years! Besides the fact that maybe that blue eyeshadow you have been holding on to is so 80’s but those old products may pose a host of potential health risks.
Most beauty products are designed to stay fresh and stable only for a limited period of time. After that, they start to break down and may cause a terrible infection. It’s time to inventory your makeup and throw out and replace your old beauty products.
When to Ditch Your Mascara and Eyeliner
Eye makeup is especially vulnerable to bacteria.
•Health risks: You use mascara near your eyes, it’s liquid — which tends to grow more bacteria — and you double dip every time you re-insert the brush into the tube, all of which increase the risk of eye infection.
•When to replace: Mascara has the shortest shelf life of all beauty products and should be discarded two to three months after opening. Eye pencils have a longer shelf life — about a year — but old stubby pencils should be tossed out and replaced.
•To make it last: One of the best ways to extend an eye pencil’s useful time is to sharpen it before each use.
When to Kiss Your Lip Gloss Goodbye
Lip gloss gets a lot of handling, especially if it comes in a pot that requires a fingertip dip to apply.
•Health risks: Cold sores are one of the most prominent health risks associated with old or contaminated lip products. If you get a cold sore, toss whatever product you were using.
•When to replace: Lip gloss is a beauty product you double dip, so you should only keep it for about six months. You can also tell that lip gloss has passed its expiration date if it smells funny or you notice color changes. Keep lipsticks and pencils for a maximum of one year, and if they smell funny or you see mold, throw them away.
•To make it last: You can preserve the life of your lip gloss by using it sparingly and avoid sharing it with others.
When to Throw Out Your Foundation
These products have fairly decent shelf lives before they hit their expiration dates.
•Health risks: Within just months, foundation can start to grow bacteria that present health risks to your skin. Some analyses of old makeup have found traces of staphylococcus and streptococcus, both of which have been known to cause potentially serious infections. Strep, for example, can break down the superficial layers of your skin and get into your soft tissue and blood, which can lead to life-threatening conditions including toxic shock and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease).
•When to replace: If your foundation has separated or it feels thick and clumpy or thin and runny, it has passed its expiration date and needs to be replaced. Liquid foundation can last from six months to one year.
•To make it last: You can extend the life of your foundation by using clean hands, a sponge, or a brush to apply it. Also be sure to store it in a cool, dry place.
When to Make Over Your Makeup Bag
Powder has staying power. Brushes don’t.
•Health risks: Powdered beauty products contain the least amount of water of all makeup, so it’s harder for bacteria to grow on them. Less bacteria means fewer health risks. However, the brushes you use to apply the powder may carry dangerous bacteria (such as staph and strep).
•When to replace: Loose compact powder, powder blush, and powder eye shadow all last for about 1 to 2 years.
•To make it last, clean your makeup brushes regularly.
When to Chuck Your Nail Products
The polish you wear and the tools you use to keep your fingernails looking their best also need attention to avoid posing a health risk.
•Health risks: Nail care products that have passed their expiration dates can spread bacterial and fungal infections. Look out for signs of spoilage, such as separation. Dirty nail clippers, files, and other nail tools carry similar women’s health risks.
•When to replace: Most nail polishes and other beauty products for nails generally last about a year.
•To make it last: Store nail polishes in a cool, dry place, and make sure the lids are screwed on tightly. Nail clippers and files should be cleaned periodically. If they look corroded or rusty, throw them away.
When to Replace Your Acne Cream
Whether drugstore brands or prescription these products don’t last forever.
•Health risks: An expired acne treatment is not as effective as it was and it poses health risks by exposing you to bacteria and other germs.
•When to replace: Pay particularly close attention to the expiration dates on all acne products, and replace them promptly.
•To make it last, store all acne treatments in a cool, dry place.
When to Throw Away Your Hair Care
Many hair care products contain alcohol as a preservative so you can worry less about the expiration dates of shampoos and other hair care products.
•Health risks: Because you rinse them out, home hair care products don’t carry any major health risks, but they still may contain allergens that can irritate your skin and scalp.
•When to replace: If a beauty product for your hair looks or smells funny it’s probably time to let it go.
•To make it last: Like other beauty products, hair care products will last longer if you store them in a cool, dry place.
When to Replace Your Sunscreen
You may be guilty of not using enough of this health and beauty product or not using it often enough. Either way, you don’t want it hanging around after its effectiveness has passed.
•Health risks: Sunscreen products won’t protect as well once they reach their expiration dates, putting you at risk for women’s health issues from premature aging to the more serious skin cancer.
•When to replace: Most sunscreens have expiration dates which vary depending on the product’s ingredients and are printed on their labels or on the bottoms of the containers. Once these expiration dates have passed, you should replace the sunscreen.
•To make it last: To extend the life of sunscreen store it in a cool, dry place.
All information from “Everyday Health”
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