We all are concerned. Once we open that serum, whenever we look for the 12M or 18M symbol – how long do I have before this product expires?
There are many factors in our everyday lives that affect the efficacy of your cosmetics and skin care products. For our beautiful readers, we have narrowed it down to these three tips:
Sun, Sun Go Away
Okay so that rhyme is not as smoothly-flowing as “rain, rain go away” but you get the point. UV rays have many negative effects on your beauty products and for those shopping high-end brands like SkinMedica and SkinCeuticals this is a tip to consider.
Keep ALL products away from direct sunlight. No questions asked.
There is always transference of bacteria whenever you touch products with your fingertips or skin. Sunlight will actually feed this bacteria.
UV rays will also reduce the effectiveness of active ingredients in your products. Worst case scenario, active ingredients become null. Generally if the product directions specify night time application, they should not be exposed to sunlight.
Products with antioxidants and retin-a are even more sensitive to sunlight.
Even your favorite fragrances can turn sour, or change in color. (Tip: if color has changed, UV rays has altered its chemical makeup and it’s probably time to say goodbye.)
So what’s the solution? Like the song by Dev, keep it in the dark. Store products in your drawers or cabinets will ensure that they stay at room temperature and are not exposed to light rays.
Amp Up the Shelf Life
Maintaining products in cool temperature not only makes products more refreshing (a MUST with Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque!) but also helps them last longer. Consider this your very own extension. Product expires in March 2016? This will keep it working great for a couple more weeks after that!
Below are products you should definitely store:
- Anything with retinol
- Anything with antioxidants (i.e. Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, etc.)
- Eye creams
- After-sun care products
- Anti-itch creams
- All natural beauty products
- Nail Polish (Tip: Make sure to shake extra hard before use as it may have separated)
Keep an out for storing directions when using topical prescriptions. Some may require storing it at cool temperatures.
Although this helps everyone get the most bang for their buck, don’t be surprised if the consistency and look has changed. Oil and water will probably separate and oily products will harden a bit. The effectiveness of the product will be the same regardless so don’t fret!
Cool is better, but don’t let your products freeze. Just like sunlight and heat, the action of freezing and thawing may actually make your products unstable.
It’s Not For Bathroom Use
We love steamy showers but the condensation of water on certain products can generate mold – specifically makeup and beauty tools like brushes and sponges. When cleaning brushes, set it to dry somewhere else where there isn’t constant moisture.
Just keeping in mind these three things will ensure that your products remain effective longer.
Any other beauty preservation tips you swear by? #WeWantToKnow