Cosmetics are a billion dollar industry with new products showing up every now and then. Some promise the reduction of fine lines while others make you look less oily. Almost every woman invests in cosmetics on a monthly basis. But most of these purchased products are less likely to be applied and sit in drawers or shelves until they expire.
Spending money on expensive and yielding cosmetics has become kind of a norm among American women. But most of these women become victims to allergies or breakouts resulting from the application of expired or unsuitable products.
Write your Own Dates
Usually, cosmetics lack the imprint of expiration dates. So, it’s up to you to create the expiration dates by scribbling on bottles and casings with a permanent marker. Mark the products by noting the date of first use.
Protect your Eyes
Human eyes are delicate and can be easily damaged by applying hazardous products. Try remembering that you have to replace your mascara and eyeliners etc. every 2 to 3 months.
Sharing cosmetics like lipsticks and mascara can leave you with an eye infection or some other catchy disease. Not only that, you could also transfer your germs to others by lending them your makeup items. Avoid sharing and stay away from germs.
Cosmetics like lipstick, concealer, eye cream, blush, cream eye shadow, foundation and moisturizers tend to have a creamy or liquid texture and directly applied on the skin. These products tend to last a year from the day they were opened and so, should be replaced on a yearly basis.
Products like blush, face cake and eye shadow are usually manufactured in powdered form as compared to similar products containing oil and therefore should be used within a time span of one to two years.
Dried out cosmetics is one of the last things you want to see sitting on your dresser. When your cosmetic starts clumping up, it’s a sign that you should get rid of it by purchasing a new one.
Products like sponges, brushes and other bacteria or oil trapping tools should be periodically rinsed out. Avoid using sponges when they start looking dirty and wash other products two times a week with a mild soap. You could also use a baby shampoo for the cleansing process.
Watch Out for Signs
Foul smells, color separation, color change or moisture beading are signs that your cosmetics are no longer suitable for use. The breaking down of preservatives results in the appearance of these signs. Beware of preservatives used in organic cosmetics which contain unconventional elements.
Open containers of makeup can easily absorb the germs residing on your hands. Avoid applying any cosmetic with your hands and opt for applicators and some reliable and non-reusable cotton swabs.
Try buying cosmetics that are contained in pumps and enclosed containers. This will help save your creams from being exposed to contaminants in the air, keeping them fresher for longer.