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1 . When Good Beauty Products Go Bad
By Gina Roberts-Grey
Is it possible for your favorite moisturizer or shampoo to be done with you, before you’re ready to throw it into the trash? You bet. In fact, experts say it may be time to clean out your shower or medicine cabinet because you may be using products well beyond their shelf life.
All personal care products have a shelf life. Most soaps and shampoos with preservatives (like parabens or pthalates) remain unchanged for up to two years from the manufacture date, not the date they’re sold or opened. But depending on the product, the shelf life of paraben-free personal care items could be whittled down to three or four months.
Over time, the active ingredients in natural bodycare products lose their efficacy. “You may notice your hair isn’t as shiny or your skin is dry despite using body lotion,” says Joyce Carboni, founder and director of Skinsational Skin & Body Spa in Carlsbad, California.
In addition to altering effectiveness, experts say out-of-date products can affect your health. Expired products carry bacteria that can cause harm when you apply them to your lips, skin that’s irritated, scratched, or injured, or the sensitive area around your eyes. “The result could be rashes, irritation, breakouts, and infection,” says Carboni.
How do you know if your product’s past its prime? With or without parabens, the FDA requires over-the-counter acne treatments, sunscreens, and moisturizers with sunscreen to have a drug facts panel and expiration symbol on the label. And many makers of shampoos and eye creams have followed suit, voluntarily adding expiration information on their product’s packaging or label.
These expiration dates usually appear as the symbol of a jar with the lid either on or off along with a number preceding the letter M. “A jar with an open lid represents the number of months the product will remain fresh once opened,” says Stefani Thionnet, executive vice president of MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross. “And a closed lid tells how long the product is good from the date it’s manufactured.”
In addition to the age of your beauty products, how you store them also affects shelf life. Kimberly Sayer, organic chemist, aesthetician, and creator of the Kimberly Sayer of London line of organic skincare products, says a cool, dry medicine cabinet extends shelf life longer than keeping items near sunlight or in a humid environment. And although some manufacturers now recommend keeping natural personal care products in the refrigerator, only do that if the label says so. Sayer says, “Storing [some] products at a cold temperature could negatively change their molecular structure.”
Beyond looking at the expiration date, use your other senses to assess product viability. If it has started to separate, smells odd, is discolored, or seems slightly off, consider it spoiled. “Properly formulated natural products are developed with special care to eliminate the issue of separation,” says R...
Author: Gina Roberts-Grey
2 . Know the Shelf Life of Your Cosmetics
FOUNDATION: up to 2 years: Throw out sooner if the consistency becomes clumpy.
LIPSTICK: 1 1/2 to 2 years: When the waxes eventually dry out, you'll feel a loss of the slip that makes application easy.
MASCARA: 3 months: Because the process of applying involves moving the wand from lashes to bottle and back, the risk of introducing bacteria is high. A new tube every three months is simply sensible eye hygiene.
EYE SHADOW: 2 years: If either powder or cream varieties exhibit an odor, color or texture change, discard sooner.
LIP AND EYE PENCILS: 2 years: If the pencil starts to stick and get more difficult to use, it's probably dried out.
BLUSH: 3 years: Despite a long shelf life, be alert to changes in color, smell or consistency.
MOISTURIZERS: 3 months to 1 year: Discard them sooner if you start to smell an off odor or the overall texture seems to have changed.
SUN PROTECTION: 1 season: When it's time to discard, you'll notice that the product starts to separate and may have an odor.
SELF -TANNERS: 6 months to 1 year: Self-tanners take on a funny smell when they're past their prime.
FRAGRANCE: 1 to 4 years: Perfume fades in 1 to 2 years: Toilet water: 2 to 4 years. Store in a cool, dry place away from any sun light.
DEODORANT: 3 years: The active ingredients don't last forever, and once they're inert,
the deodorant isn't effective.
NAIL POLISH: 6 months to 4 years: The less it's exposed to air and sunlight, the longer it will last. Store in the refrigerator.
Attribution: Lisa is a master recruiter with an international direct sales cosmetics company. She enjoys traveling, photography, the performing arts and the beach. Avon Cosmetics
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