I am a self-proclaimed beauty pack rat. I am currently moving from one apartment to anther and I keep finding beauty products from the dinosaur years that needed to go to beauty product heaven. Sad, but true. No use crying over spilled cleansing milk, right?
Have you ever opened up your beauty cabinet and thought to yourself “Hmmm…how old is THAT? I wonder if it’s still good?”
We all have (please tell me I’m not alone here!). Since I have acquired a *ahem* LARGE amount of beauty products in the past year and a half, I have devised a system to ensure freshness with my beauty products. Spring is coming and I highly recommend taking a peek in your medicine cabinet. Out with the old, in with the new!
Tips for keeping your skincare fresh!
1. When you open up a new product, take a permanent marker and write the date that you opened it. So if you opened up a Youth As We Know It Moisturizer today I would mark the jar 4/9/09. In case it gets buried in the depths of my medicine cabinet and I don’t see it again until ohhh….say 7/14/15 I know that it’s time to go buy a new one.
2. Keep your beauty products away from excess heat and light. Store them in a cool, dry place. Active ingredients can go bad if they’re exposed to extreme light and heat. I once left an eye cream on top of my heater (which doubles as a shelf for vases, folded laundry, and such) and forgot about it for a couple of days. My eye cream was totally cooked and had to go in the trash. Bummer!
3. Don’t buy more than you’ll ever use. This sounds like a no-brainer, but I have seen women at sample sales buying 15 of the same cream because it was “such a great deal.” The most expensive products are ones that don’t work! Find multi-purpose products that you *love*-you’ll get more bang for your buck.
My favorite multi-taskers:
Fabulous Foaming Face Wash a 2-in-2 gel cleanser + exfoliator
Intensive Double Serum Vitamin C helps brighten, lighten, tighten while Oxygen helps prevent blemish causing bacteria, energizes the skin and boosts clarity
Zo Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer moisturize + protect in 1 easy step