by K. Danyelle
It’s so easy to buy into the beauty industry that constantly keeps reinventing new and better products, but how much is enough? The spring/summer season is slowly creeping in and it’s about that time to clean up your beauty clutter. Toss out the old and keep what’s beneficial. The first thing to do when you’re scaling down your beauty products is to get rid of everything too old to be effective or safe. Can’t decide? See what you should eliminate based on THE TOSS-IT TIMETABLE for beauty.
MASCARA AND LIQUID EYELINERS
3 to 4 months : Mascara and liquid eyeliners. These dark moist tubes breed bacteria. (Never keep more than a couple in rotation. You’ll forget when you opened them.)
LIQUID MAKEUP AND CREAM SHADOWS
1 year: Liquid Makeup and cream shadows. They start to dry out or become goopy, and the color may change.
LOOSE AND PRESSED POWDERS
2 years: Loosed and pressed powders. Bacteria grow more slowly in powder products because they contain very little water.
PENCIL LIP LINERS AND EYELINERS
Pencil lip liners and eyeliners. Sharpen them after every few uses to keep them clean.
LIPSTICKS AND GLOSSES
Lipsticks and glosses. Toss them sooner if they start to smell “off” or feel waxy.
SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONERS
2 years. Shampoos, conditioners, and gels. The oils and water in the formulas may start to separate. You know they’re past their prime when their texture, color, or scent changes.
SUNSCREENS, RETINOIDS, AND ACNE PRODUCTS
6 months. Sunscreens, retinoids, and acne products. Sunscreens and prescription products must carry an expiration date. But whatever the date, once opened, use the product within six months. The ingredients can degrade.