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
It can last a long time, says celebrity manicurist Skyy Hadley as she's "never seen any body lotion go bad." She says that it "if the lotion starts to become thin, you can add Vaseline to thicken the texture." Hadley also suggests "cleaning the pump (remove dry/crusty lotion from spout) every week or so, depending on how often it's used."
If kept in the bottle fragrances "could really last for several years [as] alcohol is a perfect preservative," says Harvey-Taylor. Make sure to store it in a "cool, dark place," she continues, and not out on your vanity, where it can be exposed to heat, which can alter the scent.
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