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Spring Cleaning

Friday, April 16th 2010. | Health
During Spring we try to remember to Spring clean our home but what we tend to forget is to Spring clean our makeup bag too.  Let’s face it, it’s easy to stockpile makeup and beauty products especially if you are a beauty addict!

Have you noticed while rummaging through your makeup bag or drawer that  some of the products have a different texture or consistency, has a discoloration in its pigment or has lost its original scent?  These are big clues that it’s time to toss the old and bring in the new.

While most beauty product today provide expiration dates some do not.  To help remember when to throw out your products and when to replace them start with writing down the estimated date/month you should toss it on dot stickers. Stick them onto your makeup containers, bottles, etc.  Here are a few guidelines on how long you should keep your beauty products.
Mascara: Usually about four to six months

Tip: Try to not pump the wand in and out often because it causes the mascara to dry out.

Mineral powder: Usually 5 years.  Usually powder does not expire especially mineral powder depending on its ingredients. But use your common sense if it begins to smell funky, replace it.

Perfume:  Toss it if it smells pungent or if the color has turned significantly darker.
Tip: To make it last longer, store it away from direct sunlight.

Moisturizers: Two years.

Lipstick: Three years. If they do not smell pleasant that means it’s time to throw it out.
Tip: Stick them in the refrigerator to keep them lasting longer.

Nail polish: One year.

Facial scrubs: Two years.

Hand lotions: Two years.

Sunscreen: Eighteen months, but check the label for an expiration date.

Hair shampoo and conditioner: Two years.

It’s always a good idea to disinfect your makeup bag and your storage space for your products and makeup.

Disinfect your beauty product storages and bags by wiping them with an anti-bacterial spray or with cleaning wipes.  Great ones to use are Clorox’s Green Works spray and their natural cleaning wipes.

Don’t forget about cleaning your tools too! Typically this shouldnt be done only during Spring cleaning and should be cleaned weekly or at least every two weeks.  For brushes dipped in liquid makeup such as foundation and concealers, make sure to clean it daily. You can wash your brushes, sponges, hairbrushes and tweezers with shampoo. Make sure you rinse away all the soap and allow them to air dry.  It isnt a good idea to keep used, dirty make-up sponges because even if you clean it with soap it doesnt get rid of all the bacteria and build-up.


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