Time to get tossing! That random collection of beauty products hanging out under the sink since college is probably just a little past its prime. From shampoo to face cream, every product has a lifespan for optimal performance and safety.
Aside from the basic guidelines in the above graphic, here are some things to keep in mind when determining beauty product lifespan and whether or not it's time to toss:
1) Pay attention to products' smell, texture, and performance. If anything changes, it's probably time to let it go.
2) Storage is also important. Most beauty products need to be stored in cool, dry places, but check labels for further instruction.
3) Pump bottles for products are ideal for protecting against bacteria. If a product is in an open container, like a jar, use a spoon or similar tool instead of fingers to avoid contamination.
4) Some products come with expiration dates. Some products have a printed date (above right) similar to those printed on food items, while others have an illustration of a container and a 6M, 12M, or 18M for number of months it's good. The FDA, however, does not require expiration dates for most products unless it contains medication or certain ingredients. Almost all sunscreens should, however, have one.
5) All lifespans start with the first day a product is opened. Most unopened products have a lifespan of 2 to 3 years in proper storage.
Now that you've cleaned up your beauty drawer, check out this post to learn more about other great beauty habits you should pick up this season.