Spring is days away and for many that means time to get down on their hands and knees and give their home a good scrub down, get rid of all those unwanted items that have piled up throughout the year, and get organized. It is also a great time to clean up those beauty products that clutter your drawers, bags, cases, showers, cabinets, etc.
It is a fact whether you choose to believe it or not that all your toiletries and make-up have expiration dates and using products that have gone rancid can actually be bad for you. Here is a quick run down to help in your purging process:
- Anti-aging and acne treatments: Three months to a year. Antioxidants are easily oxidized, so be on the lookout for any changes in color.
- Body lotion: Two to three years, particularly if it’s in a pump container.
- Shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel: About three years.
- Bath oil: One year.
- Sunscreen: Check the package for an expiration date.
- Mascara and liquid eyeliner: Three to four months. Make sure you’re diligent about replacing these items to prevent contamination and infections.
- Eye and lip pencils: Three to five years. Sharpen them before each use as a way to preserve them and keep them clean.
- Eye Shadows: Three years.
- Lipstick and lip gloss: Two to three years.
- Powder: Two years.
- Foundation: About two years. Most bottles are designed to last that long. And if you don’t use it, chances are you didn’t love it to begin with.
- Perfume: About two years. To get more mileage out of a perfume, resist the temptation to display a pretty bottle on your vanity. Instead, stash it away in a cool, dark place.
- Nail polish: One year.
- Hairstyling products: Three years or less if they have been opened and exposed to air.
- Bar soap: Up to three years.
- Shaving cream: About two years.
- Deodorant: Up to two years.
Always smell your products, if they start to smell funny it’s time to let them go. We all have stuff in our arsenal that we never use and have held on to for way too long, time to get rid of it and use it as an excuse to go shopping.
It is also a great time to clean those make up brushes and hair tools alike. You don’t need a fancy cleaner, mild soap (like baby shampoo) works great. To clean your hair brushes first remove all the tangled hair and then wash them with shampoo.
Part of looking your best is using great products so get to that spring cleaning you will be glad you did!