Time is up!

Hi pretty babies!! I wanted to discuss products and their expiration dates because I know a lot of us keep our products around longer than we should.  Either because we don’t use them often or simply because we’ve paid tons for them and don’t want to see them in the trash.  The fact of the matter is , we have to throw them away in order to ensure a healthy looking face.  Ever wonder how long you should keep makeup, perfume, foundation, etc.? Or maybe how often you need to clean your makeup brushes (if you use them)? Well, I’ve got the answers for you!

Makeup Brushes should be washed with a gentle shampoo (kids shampoo works just fine) or brush cleanser at least every 3 weeks to a month!

Blush, perfume and SPF should be kept for no more than a year.

  • Blush (creams & powders) should be replaced yearly.  However if you wash your blush brush every few weeks, it will help keep it bacteria free.
  • Most fragrances are good for a year if you use them two times per week and store them in a cool, dark place. Sprays retain their scent longer than splashes, which tend to turn more quickly becasue they’re exposed to air every time you remove the cap.
  • SPF is good for a year from the day you buy it, but after a summer spent sitting out in the sun or in a hot beach bag, your SPF is pretty much done. The blocking chemicals in the lotion lose their oomph and can become ineffective.  Your best bet is to replace every season.

Facial Moisturizer and eye makeup such as creams, eyeshadows and liner should be thrown out after 6 months.

  • Facial Moisturizers/Creams that contain antioxidants are very sensitive to light and expire quickly, especially the ones with vitamins A, C and E.  Products with acids like glycolic, beta hydroxy, etc. last the longest.
  • Eye shadows and liners should be thrown out after 6 months, period.  The eyes are extra prone to bacterial infection, so anything touching them should definitely be tossed on time.

Mascara, concealer, and liquid foundation should not be kept for more than 3 months.

  • Mascara is extremely prone to microbial growth so play it safe and just replace it at least every 3 months.
  • Concealer is used everyday, so because of its usual contact with air, it should be replaced regularly. The concealer brush should be washed frequently as well, but if you use your fingers, always apply with clean hands. *Quick beauty tip*: if you apply concealer with your fingers, be sure to always use your ring finger.  The ring finger gives a lighter touch than the index or middle finger and the warmth of your skin helps melt concealer in for a flawless cover-up job.
  • Liquid Foundation that comes in a wide-mouthed jar should be tossed at 3 months because the jars expose the makeup to greater amounts of air, increasing the chances of bacterial growth.

Keep in mind that most products come with an expiration date or have a small expiration logo that looks like the picture I’m using for this blog post.  They’re there for a reason beauties! Abide if you can!  =)

Have a fantastic weekend!!

LovelyLin

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