June 25 2013

Makeup Artist, Claire (she) and Dermal Therapist, James (he) share their views…

She says:

The number one rule: when in doubt, throw it out! If you are guilty of hoarding ancient, out of date products in your bathroom cabinet or makeup bag, it’s time to let go of bathroom baggage and give your beauty stash a much needed makeover. Follow my guide below on sorting your makeup misdemeanors…

Liquid Foundation- 12 months for oil-free formulas, 12-18 months for those that are oil-based

Powders - (including foundations, bronzers, eye shadows, blushes) Powders can last from 12 to 36 months but after this time they can start to get a bit dry, and in the case of pressed powder, may not go on as smoothly.

Lipstick & Lipgloss - 12 to 24 months. Over time, lipstick formulas can become dry. In some cases, the lipstick or lipgloss can change colour, separate or you may notice a slight odour.

Pencils (eyes & lips) - 24 months. If you keep pencils sharpened (do this weekly), the product should not change. You will know it’s gone bad if the pencil crumbles or feels dry and hard to work with.

- 3 months. Mascaras are a haven for bacteria due to the damp environment.

Cream shadows & blushes
- 12 to 24 months. These have a shorter shelf life because they contain more oils and blends, which are less stable and break down over time.

- You can keep these forever as long as they are cleaned on a weekly basis. For synthetic brushes like a foundation brush or concealer brush, use professional brush cleaner or soap. For sable hair brushes like a bronzer or blush brush, use gentle shampoo and let them air dry overnight.

Sponges - Wash or rinse out after every use and throw out within one month.

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He says: 

When it comes to skincare, it’s also important to know when to bid adieu to old and expired products. Using such products will undo all the good work that they achieved whilst being

A telltale sign that a product is to be relinquished is the alteration of its original odour, colour or a visible separation of its individual ingredients. As a general rule, most skincare products are created to maintain their effectiveness for up to two years post-opening. Once a product is opened, air and bacteria immediately begin to contaminate the purity and efficiency of its ingredients. 

More of my top tips:

- Eye creams should only be kept a minimum of 6-months as they can cause eye infections due to bacterial growth.

- Skincare products that contain anti-ageing ingredients, such as Vitamin C and retinol, are highly susceptible to heat and UV-radiation and may lose their potency upon exposure. Therefore, store skincare products away form direct heat or sunlight.

- The shift away from synthetic preservatives can reduce skincare products shelf life immensely and will require diligence on the part of its user to avoid cross contamination. So, do not share products, wash hands thoroughly prior to use, and favour airless packaging.

And lastly, a product that you love is going to be used quickly and never expire. If you are finding that expired products are a common occurrence in your bathroom, consider changing products.