I’ve been on a mission to use up all of the products I have before I buy more for quite some time. Initially I had drawers and bins of products that I had collected. When I moved in June, I was forced to go through all of my bins to see what products I wanted to keep and which ones I wanted to toss. I realized, I had to throw a lot of the products away because they had expired. Yes, you read that right… products expire!
Have you ever noticed the expiration date on the back of your beauty products? No? Ok, let me show you…
Take a second to look at the back of your beauty products and you’ll see a little icon that looks like a jar with the top coming off. The number in the center of the jar indicates how long the shelf life is for the product. If your product is older than the shelf life, you may want to think twice about using it.
When you’re going through your products to see which items to keep and which items to throw away, use your best judgment. If the product doesn’t look the same way it did when you bought it, its probably best to throw it away. If it smells funny or the texture changes, throw get rid of it!
Recently, I opened a jar of the High Gloss Masque from Coco Soleil and it looked like dry mustard. I’m pretty sure it didn’t look like dry mustard when I bought it, so I knew it was time to throw it out. If my grandmother had seen it, she would simply tell me to put some water on it to bring it back to life. But… that definitely wouldn’t be a good idea. Chemicals can separate over time and if used on the skin, it could be damaging. Old products also carry various types of bacteria which could possibly lead to infections or even viruses.
If you’re like me and you like to do random trips to stores like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s, be very careful buying products. Remember these stores pretty much get left overs or overstock from other retailers. So, it’s very hard to tell if certain products are still within their shelf life period, if they are defective (from a bad batch) or if they are still usable… you just never know. I remember once seeing bottle of the Erno Lazlo Night Serum in TJ Maxx for $65 I was shocked because it’s normally $200 per bottle, I almost got it but then I thought about it… Why on earth is it this cheap? I love TJ Maxx as much as the next product junkie, but I have to be very careful with what beauty products I purchase from such retailers.
Do your skin a favor and go through your old beauty products to see which items can be tossed! Come back and let me know what you find.