Letting go of the things that we love is never easy, especially when they make you look purrty ;) Plus, throwing away things is also not always the best way to save money.
But, unfortunately, there are some things that you do have to eventually let go due to expiration dates, like Beauty Products. While it may be painful to throw out a half used bottle of foundation, it can save you a lot on doctor’s fees, medication and time and effort.
Beauty products do have a shelf life and here are some dates to remember:
- 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.
- Bar soap: Up to three years
- Shaving cream: About two years.
- Deodorant: Up to two years.
- Mascara and liquid eyeliner: Three to four months. The tube is a dark wet environment that can be a perfect breeding ground of bacteria. Scary, isn’t it? So 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. Have separate sharpeners for eye and lip pencils and disinfect them after each use.
- Lipstick and lip gloss: Two to three years. It can go bad a lot quicker if you’re using it to other people. So if you sometimes share your lip gloss with your friends or sisters, make sure to have disposable lip brush in hand.
- 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. Please note that cream foundation has shorter shelf life as they can build up bacteria everytime you touch the product.
- 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 to five years. Most are alcohol-based, which helps preserve the formula.
For coupon junkies out there like me who buy a lot of makeup with the deals they find in-store or online, make sure to just stock them up and don’t open it until you’re really decided to use them.
Thank you Real Simple for the information!