The Life-Cycle Of Your Beauty Products
What does a carton of milk and a tube of mascara have in common? They both have expiration dates. Beauty products are only designed to stay ‘good’ for a short amount of time. While you’re spring cleaning this season, consider replacing your beauty essentials with new products to ensure freshness.
How long do my products last?
Eye makeup is extremely vulnerable to bacteria. Because your eyes contain liquid, it makes it easier for bacteria to grow on the mascara applicator. When you dip your mascara repeatedly, you are spreading bacteria within the tube, which can increase the risk of an eye infection. To avoid any infections, change your mascara every 2-3 months.
Foundation usually has the longest shelf-life; 6 months to a year. If your foundation starts cracking, getting to thick, or running, it has expired. Foundation can be pricy, so to get the most bang for your buck and prevent early expiration apply foundation with clean hands, a sponge, or a beauty brush. Also, make sure you store it in a cool and dry place.
Never made it through an entire tube of chapstick? Well if you haven’t, thats a good thing! Lip products should only be used for a total of 6 months (1 year maximum). If you notice odd coloring or if your product gets gunky, it’s time to kiss your lip gloss goodbye. To ensure a longer lip gloss longevity, use it sparingly and avoid sharing with others.
Because Loofahs are usually kept in a wet environment, they are a breeding ground for bacteria. If you notice discoloration or mold, throw away your loofah immediately. Usually, natural loofahs last 3-4 weeks and plastic loofahs last 2 months.
Razors grow bacteria very easily. Using dull and contaminated razors makes it easier for you to get razor burn. The life-cycle of a razor depends on the type you use. If you use disposable razors, change the blade once a week. If you use a traditional razor, it will last up to 10 shaves. For razors, it really depends on your beauty habits… but a good rule of thumb would be to change your razor more than you think you should to avoid pesky red bumps and infections.
Sophia Zigmond / Writer