When Good Products Go Bad

For all your beauty advice…

I know I’ve touched on this subject in Q&A Monday, and I get asked about this topic a lot, so I thought I would refresh everyone’s memory and put out a reminder that good beauty products can go bad, and eventually we must throw them out. We’ve all been guilty of holding on to items for a lot longer than we should. I’ll admit I have done it in the past, and I tend to be a repeat offender here! Some of us get attached to a certain product, and some of us just don’t want to think about spending the money to replace the products. But, it is very important that you keep your products fresh and toss them when you’re supposed to. A product that has gone bad won’t work the way it’s supposed to, and could cause breakouts.

The product with the best shelf life is mineral foundation. If you use mineral makeup on a regular basis, you should be needing to replace it every 6 months. If you aren’t going through your mineral makeup in that time frame, replace it after a year. Any type of liquid foundation should be replaced after 6 months. If your foundation gets gooey, or feels like there is sand in it, it’s time for it to go. Concealor should also be replaced after 6 months. If it gets thick and sticky before that, throw it out. It won’t conceal correctly, and tends to look ashy and gray on the skin when it’s gone bad.

Compact powder can last up to 9 months; so can blush. I’ll be honest with you, I usually push my compact to last me for a year. It’s kept in my makeup bag and I barely use it. If your blush, or compact gets that hard shiny layer forming, you can scrape that away and get to the product under it, but usually when it gets to that point, I feel like it’s pretty old, so I say toss it.

Lipstick, and lipgloss, can be good up to a year. I’ve been guilty here and kept lipstick and gloss a lot longer than that. If you store them in a cool, dry place, they should be fine. If they feel sticky, or smell funny, obviously they are no good, so get rid of them! The bright side is buying more lipgloss…that always makes my day!

Eye products are going to be the first things that will need to be refreshed. Eye products are breeding grounds for bacteria and that can cause all kinds of issues, so replace your mascara every 3 months, and your shadows and liners every 6 months.

If any products start to smell, the texture changes, or they break you out, you need to replace them. Makeup sponges should be washed after you use them, and once the sponge starts to crumble, it needs to go. It’s no longer an effective tool when it leaves little sponge balls behind on your face. They’re not expensive, so stock up!

I think these are some good guidelines to follow…and after reading through what I’m preaching, I need to do a spring cleaning with my makeup!

Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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