Even the best formulated beauty products expire at some point and learning to recognize the signs of a good product gone bad is extremely useful to be able to avoid some pretty embarrassing beauty problems that might even affect your health.
Except for all-natural, homemade beauty
products which are expected to go bad sooner than all others and usually have easily noticeable signs, it can be quite difficult to estimate the moment when most beauty products should be tossed. However, learning to recognize the signs early can save us from a lot of frustration if problems appear like inefficiency or embarrassing irritations.From plain moisturizers to fancy, expensive anti-aging serums and products, everything has an expiration date that should be considered. Waiting for the product formulas to disintegrate might not be the best approach, especially since some can prove pretty irritating. Use this quick guide to determine whether a certain product needs to be tossed:
Hydroquinone CreamsThese creams have a surprisingly short lifespan and also show one of the most visible signs of going bad. If the cream starts going brown, that’s a clear indication that you should toss it. To prolong the life of such products, it’s recommended to choose air-tight containers and even to store them in the fridge.Acne Products
Just like hydroquinone creams, these products typically last longer when they are stored in the fridge, so this step is still highly recommended. In normal circumstances, however, ingredients like Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid maintain their properties intact for four months to half a year.
Conventional glycolic acid based products
Used for the potent exfoliating capabilities, this ingredient is usually included in a variety of face masks or peels. With the passage of time, the ingredients that make the product skin friendly can become less effective opening the door for potential irritations when the acid is applied on the skin. It is estimated that it can be used safely for approximately three months.
In the case of a moisturizer, things can vary. If the moisturizer contains anti-aging ingredients, it usually expires sooner as these ingredients tend to be extremely sensitive. However, a simple, common moisturizer can last for over a year. To avoid bacterial contamination that might cause problems, wash your hands carefully before applying it.
Some of the most effective anti-aging ingredients known so far, retinoids typically last between nine months and a year. After this time mark, the power of these wrinkle fighting ingredients tends to diminish quite significantly. Store properly in order to ensure maximum efficiency and to avoid wasting your hard earned money in vain.
It’s easy with food, for the most part, to know when it’s better in the bin than on your plate, but with beauty products
, which rarely boast a written expiration date, it’s a different story.That handy stamp telling you when it’s time to toss an item isn’t mandatory on your lipstick or face cream and because of that fact, we often use beauty products that have either lost their effectiveness or contain more bacteria, mold and yeast than we’d like to know about.
And why shouldn’t we hold on to that liquid foundation until it’s within a centimeter of its life? Or squeeze out that very last drop of moisturizer? We’re spending hard earned money on this stuff, right? Right. But the likelihood is that if you have a beauty product that is expired, you probably haven’t been using it.
So let’s all take a moment to admit that we might all have a tendency to hoard and/or buy things we don’t actually need because they’re either on-trend or we’ve convinced ourselves that we do, in (illusory) fact, need them.
Well ladies, that perfume you bought ages ago and haven’t spritzed on since the first week you purchased it isn’t going to smell quite as lovely as it did at the department store. Sad, but true and don’t worry, we’re all guilty of holding on to things for a bit too long — even if we haven’t touched it in months.
So to help you figure out when all your beauty products should be chucked, and to share some tips that’ll help you keep them in tip-top condition for as long as possible, we went to the beauty authorities. With their expert advice, you can save money and much-needed bathroom cabinet space by knowing what to trash and when.