Happy Wednesday loves! Here lately, I’ve been working like gangbusters to de-clutter, downsize, and organize throughout my home in order to create a cleaner, more simplified space. I’ve been taking it slowly, one area at a time, and most recently I went through all of my makeup and beauty products, which is an area that is sometimes easily forgotten. So today I’m sharing tips on how to clean out your makeup stash, and sharing a handy expiration guide for knowing when it’s time to toss!
Expiration Guide for Beauty Products
Gather All Your Items
First things first, gather up all of your makeup and beauty products and put them in one area so that you can go through them in one go. If you’re like me and keep makeup in several different areas, this might be tedious, but trust me it’s worth it in the end, so that you’re not overlooking anything.
Get Rid of Unwanted Items
Once you have it all in one place, get rid of anything you don’t want. Yes, I said want. We all have those makeup items that end up in our collection and for whatever reason they stay unused. Maybe it was a friend’s recommendation or a bad impulse buy, or something that you truly can never see yourself using. Whatever the reason may be, don’t hold onto it any longer, and simply let it go. No reason holding onto something you’ll never use or wear.
Toss Out the Expired
Next, throw out anything that’s broken or expired. While it may be tempting to want to keep something a little longer because it was expensive, as with anything beauty products have an expiration date and eventually stop performing as they should.
Keep or Toss?
In case you’re curious of how to tell when it’s time to toss something, here are a few things to look for:
- Dried out formula or appearance
- Separation of product
- Unusual or foul odor
- Chalky consistency
If any products fall under any of the above mentioned categories, toss it immediately. There’s absolutely no reason to keep something when it could be potentially irritating or infecting to the eyes or skin. Always store your beauty products in a dry, cool area in the home, and always remember to wash and dry your hands thoroughly before using products. Heat, humidity, and moisture can quickly cause mold or yeast to form (yuck, I know), so take extra care in these areas to ensure your products last their full lifetime.
Using the expiration guide above, you’ll avoid getting a potential infection and will ensure you’re only putting the best quality products on your face and eyes. As a good rule of thumb, I suggest going through your beauty products every 6 months to make sure you’re not using anything that is past expiration, and when in doubt- toss it! I personally set reminders on my iphone’s calendar of when to toss high use products like mascara and face sponges, and it really helps keep me on track!
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I hope you’ll find the above guide helpful when cleaning out your makeup stash! How often do you clean out your collection? Let me know in the comments and be sure and share this post with others!
Thanks for stopping by!- Cara
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