Health & Beauty
Are Your Beauty Products Expired?
You wouldn't drink sour milk, so why would you use beauty products past their prime? Find out what should be tossed -- and when
Tip 1: "Most preservative systems ensure the shelf life of products as well as keep bacterial contamination at bay once opened," says Harvey-Taylor. And since most beauty products do contain them, you only have to be extremely careful when it comes to products that don't have preservatives like your natural oil-based products like bath oils and some products labeled "organic." These should be "kept in the fridge once exposed to any air or hands … or they will become a free-radical magnet and wreak havoc on your skin rather than help [it]," she says.
Tip 2: When it comes to making products last, "limit [their] exposure to air. Air is the killer," she says, so "keep lids tight." Also, if you are using anything that comes in a jar or tub, "then be sure to wash your hands before use." The less you touch a product, the better.
Tip 3: Keep your beauty products out of your bathroom. Every time you shower, you steam up the room and moisture can get into your powders, eyeshadows, and liquids, diminishing the shelf life of your makeup, says Reed Cromwell IV, Director of Global Product Development and Innovation for Anastasia Beverly Hills.
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