Can anything be more heart-breaking than throwing away your precious makeup even when handsome amounts of the same is left behind? We bet not but when it passes the expiry date, it simply does not remain safe for being used anymore. Today we are going to take you through what actually happens to the chemical composition of these cosmetics when they cross over their shelf life.
Every single beauty product come with a PAO or Period After Opening symbol printed on its packaging which reveals how long the product will last once you have opened the same. You can write it down on the product label or stick a sticker on its back containing the requisite information if you have difficulty in remembering individual dates.
Liquid eye products should be thrown out after the passage of every 3-6 months of being unsealed since they serve as the playground for bacteria thriving in moist conditions which can abundantly be found in liquid liner and mascara bottles. You also need to be cautious with natural beauty products since they are devoid of any preservatives or chemicals which could have otherwise lengthened their shelf life. They can be compared to perishable food products since they do not contain any special ingredient to keep them going. You can compare it with a glass of smoothie! Storing it for over one week surely doesn’t seem like a very good idea now!
Concealers and foundations which come in a pump form last longer since you do not come in contact with the entire product all at once. The ones which are stored in jars allow free entry of bacteria as you dip your fingers time and again inside the same for taking out the product. Serums, creams and oils bring along an oxidizing property which changes their characteristic when their ingredients come in contact with oxygen present in the air. This in turn diminishes their effectiveness. You can take the example of anti-aging creams having Vitamin C and retinol which loses out its functionality pretty soon as the ingredients which help to turn back time evaporates within a span of just nine months since its date of opening.
Bacteria cannot thrive very well in powders given their excessively dry nature. You can thus expect bronzers, eyeshadows, setting powders and blush to last longer than their liquid peers. However, while using brushes or sponges for applying the same, your facial oils might cling to the applicator and seep back into the powder. It is always advisable to get rid of the same if you can make out a substantial change in its color.
Lip gloss, lipsticks and lip pencils are packed with parabens and essential oils which impart a longer shelf life to the same. It is always advisable to sharpen your lip liner prior to usage since in this way you can freshen up the exposed end and maintain the adequate level of hygiene. You can also wipe them using a clean tissue after spritzing some alcohol once every month.
Eye pencils can also last for about three years. But if you develop an eye infection arising from its usage anytime within, then you should cease its usage immediately. Nail varnishes thicken over time. If you face any difficulty in getting the lid off, then you should throw it straight away.
Makeup Maintenance Tips
- Clean your makeup brushes once every week.
- Purchase products having a pump dispenser so that you don’t need to use fingers for getting it out.
- It is imperative to purchase a spatula if you insist on bringing home beauty products which come in jars.
- Keep a note of the date when you purchase and start using a particular product.
- You should never expose your makeup to humidity and heat.
- If you experience any infection or reaction from a particular product, then you need to throw away the same immediately irrespective of its price tag or date of purchase.
- You should never add water to products which are ‘drying-out.’
- It is essential to clean your hands before starting with your daily makeup routine.
- You shouldn’t buy heaps of makeup products at once since that increases your chances of throwing away handsome amounts of the same.
- Always get rid of products which has changed texture or have began to smell funny.
- Keeping beauty products in the fridge can extend their shelf life rhetorically.
Your beloved makeup products start to harbour bacteria especially when they have been subjected to frequent usage. This in turn can pave the path for a series of irritations and infections as well as a substantial downfall in their performance potential. Harmful toxins produced by the expired makeup can actually prove to be dangerous for skin as well as your overall health. As a rule of thumb, if you simply cannot remember the date of purchasing your makeup essentials, it is advisable to get rid of the same.