Happy New Year! May 2017 bring you all good health, infinite happiness, lovely surprises and many new & fun adventures! I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. I know I did and it was really great to unplug, unwind and also GSD! With my husband's help, I completed a home project that involved major re-organization and certain upgrades and transitions. This was as much about improving our daily quality of life as much as continuing down a path of wellness and living with intention.
I had downsized my makeup stash quite a bit already but I went all out and finished the process last month. A few items may have initially been harder to part with because the packaging was really pretty or because they were hardly used. I've always been mindful about tossing my mascaras every 3 months or so but as I was cleaning, I started thinking about some of the other products which I've been less vigilant about. All makeup products do in fact have expiration dates and will go bad. In time, products can reformulate and stop working effectively or they can cause irritations and infections due to bacteria buildup. Ewww! So even though it may be a drag to keep track of how old your beauty products are, it is important to do so for both your health and the health of your skin.
Most products are labeled with an open jar symbol and a number that denotes the number of months from the open date that it is good for. An easy way to keep track is to write the month/year on the label once you begin using something. As I was looking up the guidelines on when to toss out makeup, I found that it could vary based on the resource so I thought it would be helpful to make up a composite chart based on information I gathered from Allure, Real Simple and Popsugar. Common sense will tell you that if your products smell off, have a weird texture or start separating, they should be tossed. I hope you will find this guide as useful as I did. Taking steps to properly store your makeup in cool, dry spaces and keeping it clean will ensure that your products will perform optimally but it's also just as important to know when to let them go.
I'm now left with a well edited makeup collection that goes hand in hand with my skincare focused beauty routine which actually allows me to wear less makeup day to day. I still like to play around with makeup but I only have but one face so why would I need like 10 of anything especially when it will just inevitably go bad. And sticking to a standard routine means that the products I have will actually be used up and not wasted which honestly feels much more satisfying to me than having an abundance of products just for the sake of having them. I also look forward to continue replacing products with clean beauty alternatives as they run out. This recent article about lead in cosmetics really freaked me out!
When was the last time you checked to make sure you aren't using any expired beauty products?