Sunday, February 04, 2018

Beauty Products Guide: When Should You Replace Your Beauty Products?

Hello girls!
You know that palette of eyeshadows or a lipstick that has been in the drawer for years, and you do not throw it away because you might need it someday? Know that it may be unfit for use on your skin. You may have already faced this situation: Suddenly you realize that your moisturizer cream has an expiration date that has passed (well I have faced this situation last week, this is why I made this post). The question is, do you have to throw away immediately? Well, only a dermatologist can say so. As we know a cosmetic product does not spoil overnight, so there is always an additional time when it will still be in good condition. This will depend on several factors such as composition, manufacturing and how to use and storage.

Although we have the custom of checking the expiration date of food and medications, many women are not in the habit of doing this with makeup and skincare products. And the worst: being on time on the label does not mean that the product is good to use as it begins to deteriorate from the first use. Contact with the oxygen of the air, temperature, and luminosity are degrading factors that intensify with the passage of time.

Applying contaminated makeup or skincare product can lead to the emergence of allergies, irritations, and even more serious infections. Therefore, one must keep an eye not only on the expiration date but also on the time a product remains suitable for use after it is opened.
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When You Should Replace Your Beauty Products

We woman loves to buy or receive cosmetics as a gift, and we love to apply cosmetic products. There are few who resist products that play with vanity and which signify youth, beauty, and health. But it is necessary to pay attention to important details before acquiring a cosmetic and/or applying it.

Expired products can cause irritations and even more serious allergies since the validity refers essentially to the preservative, an ingredient that prevents the proliferation of fungi and bacteria.

The shelf-life of a beauty product is therefore very important because, as with food, an out-of-date product can be harmful to health. But it is not only the validity of a cosmetic that makes it fit to be used, if not taken care of hygiene and use appropriate and necessary, incredible as it may seem, the cosmetic products that help us to become more beautiful can make are hazardous to health.

Skin care products: Moisturizers, Face Creams and Eye Creams; Sunscreen; Anti-aging or anti-acne products: 6 months to 1 year

The products that offer the most risks after expiration are the creams with alpha hydroxy acids, as they can be very irritating to the skin; moisturizers, due in function of the oils and vegetable butter that degrade before the expiration date; the sunscreens, which stop working on defending the skin from the sun's harmful rays.

Mascara for eyelashes: 3 months
Even if it is within its expiration date, the mascara may deteriorate well before this time due to the constant entering and exiting of the applicator, which favors the entry of air into the package. From the moment the mascara is opened, it provides a perfect environment for the proliferation of micro-organisms such as fungi and bacteria, which can even cause an infection in the eye region. In this way, the eyelash mascara usually has a good condition of use for a maximum of three months after they began to be used. When observing changes such as the changes in texture and odor, do not hesitate to discard them.
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Gel and liquid eyeliner: 4 to 6 months
The deterioration of the eyeliner happens in the same way as in the eyelash mascara: when taking and putting the applicator in the pot, we are facilitating the entry of air and microorganisms. If your eyeliner gets a thicker, drier, brittle texture, it's time to throw it out even before 6 months.

Liquid lipstick and gloss: 6 to 12 months
Liquid lipsticks and gloss in packs with applicator have the same problem as mascaras and eyeliners: their use causes a lot of air to enter into the product. Therefore, they should be discarded after a maximum of 12 months of use. Changes in color, texture, and odor are a sure sign that you should throw the product away immediately.
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Liquid foundations and concealers: 6 to 12 months
The concentration of water and the injection of air into the package are two factors that contribute to the deterioration of the foundation and liquid concealers. In addition, if we often use our fingers to apply these products, it helps taking microorganisms into the bottle.

If contaminated, these products can clog pores, cause irritations and allergies and even can cause serious infections by bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. If your foundation begins to get even more liquid or becomes thicker, get rid of it as soon as possible.

Creamy foundations, eyeshadows, and blushes: 12 to 18 months
Since they have a greater amount of oil in their composition, the creamy foundations are more resistant than the liquid ones. The eyeshadows and creamy blushes lose out compared to powdered versions, which are less prone to contamination.

Lipstick and lip pencil: 1 to 2 years
Since they contain a high content of oils and waxes, stick lipsticks and pencils do not offer ideal conditions for microorganism growth, so they are usually safe for use for 1 to 2 years.
Another advantage of the pencil is that, when we point it out, we remove the more superficial layer, which usually stores most of the microorganisms.

Eye Pencil: 2 years
Just like the lip pencil, the eyeliner is made predominantly of waxes and oils, which reduces the risk of germ contamination. Again, pointing the pencil helps remove the surface layer, which is the most dangerous.

Powder foundation, eyeshadow, blush and other powder products: 2 years
Powdered products can last up to two years due to a low amount of water in their composition, they are less prone to germ contamination. However, you may need to replace your makeup before this time because powdered products may overcompress, making it difficult to remove them from the packaging and apply them correctly.
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Some special care with cosmetic products:

There are some recommendations you can follow to make your makeup or skin care product last longer. Among them, is the place where the products are stored, which should be away from moisture. That is, leaving the product in the bathroom is not a good idea.

Keep containers tightly closed in a dry place away from the sun.
Do not lend the products to other people, especially eyes makeup and lipsticks. The professional should always apply the products with brushes and clean them before using them on another person.

Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before using any product to avoid contaminating it. In addition, try to close the package as quickly as possible, reducing the exposure of the product to the air.

Always point out the eye pencils and lip liner to clean them to eliminate contaminated layers. The eyelash mascara has no way: it needs to be discarded.

Perfumes should be stored in dark places away from moisture. The creams should be stored in a cool place away from the sun.

Do not leave makeup inside the car and in places exposed to high temperatures. Avoid storing makeup in the bathroom. Moisture may cause fungal contamination.

Use a spatula to take the cream from the package. Touching the cream with your fingers may contaminate it. Always read the packaging or explanatory leaflets. They usually have conservation tips.

The correct way is to keep the products at room temperature. But if you are in a hot place, put the products in the refrigerator, inside the packaging or plastic bags.

Before applying the products, thoroughly wash the face to remove any impurity.
Periodically review your beauty product to see if any of them have expired. If so, throw it away. Do not buy cosmetics at places that have inadequate storage conditions.

In doubt about the feasibility of your makeup or any beauty product, you already know the rule: if the product has changed color, smell or texture, it is no use trying to recover. It should be discarded to prevent getting any skin problems.

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