Liza Utter - Safe Make-Up
1. All natural, organic and preservative products are changing the evaluation of expiration dates. These are products, by not using chemicals or preservatives, that break down the most quickly, in less than 21 days!
2. The more complex products that save consumers' time, like moisturizer with sunscreen, foundation, and antioxidant, create a shorter shelf life as multiple chemicals cause problems as they react to each other - breakouts, sunburn, or rashes.
3. The popular ingredients: antioxidants, retinol, glycolic, and vitamin C, are plant based and are all vulnerable to heat, sunlight and air.
4. Air and bacteria break down the purity and integrity of the product - think your favorite body cream in a beautiful jar that you got for Christmas last year...you might just be choking your pores with bacteria!
Tips for Knowing When to Throw It Out:
1. When in doubt throw it out!
2. Look for changes in color, smell, or separation.
3. Wash hands before you dip!
4. Keep in cool, dry, and dark places for longest life.
5. Use it or lose it!
6. Spring clean in the summer, fall, and winter too!
7. Resist buying these products in bulk-- it's a waste of money!
Perfume: 6 months - 2 years
Stash this in a cool dark place for longer shelf life especially if it's oil based!
This is considered a drug so check the date on the bottle.
Sunscreen: 6 months
Sunscreen is also considered a drug by the FDA and will have an expiration date on the bottle. However, if left in the heat or in your car this shortens the expiration date.
Eye Cream:1-2 months
If in jars, they are exposed to even more bacteria. No double dipping!
Anti-Aging & Antioxidant Products: 3 months
Antioxidants are easily oxidized, especially susceptible to heat, sun, and oxygen, as they are plant based. Look for change in color, smell, and separation.
Foundation: 6 months
This one is tricky if there are multiple ingredients as they can counteract each other and make the product less effective. For example, foundation and sunscreen.
Multiples: 3-6 months
A multiple is a product that can be used on eyes, cheeks, and lips and mouth is a triple threat. Think about it; it's like wiping a dirty sponge filled with bacteria all over your face!
Mascara: 1-3 months
If you use this any longer you risk contamination and infection.
Blush & Eye Shadow: 6 months- 2 years
If it comes in a pot watch out! These have way more bacteria.
Lipstick & Lip Balm: 1 year
If it's in a pot, less than a year!
Water Bottle: Unopened never expires, but opened within 24 hours
If you don't drink water within 24 hours, you are at risk for bacterial infection. Unopened water never expires but the container it comes in, like plastic, can give off toxic chemicals that seep into the water if not stored right.
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