I’m excited to have Anna Lise from Complexion Concierge as a guest blogger today.
Last week I told you a little bit about my experience using Anna Lise’s services. I loved working with her so much that we decided to collaborate more and have her write a couple guest posts. She is extremely knowledgeable about all things skin related, and her knowledge will help you have better skin without spending a fortune. Today she is sharing information on when you should throw away your cosmetics.
In a 2013 study from the International Journal of Cosmetic Science polling 44 women aged 12-28, 70% of women were using at least one expired product. Researchers found 67% of those expired products contained potentially harmful levels of microorganisms (like Staphylococcus, corynebacterium and Moraxella, all common skin infections).
Odds are 1 in 3 of you reading this right now have skin infecting bacteria crawling around your makeup bag. Gross, right?
This is a really hard blog for me to write, because I am a huge offender of my own advice.
Opinions vary (and sometimes quite widely) on the exact times to throw things away, so let me break it down for you. You should always throw something away if:
1. it changes color
2. it changes smell
3. it changes texture
4. you have been ill (a cold is probably not the end of the world, but if you have pink eye, for the love of Laboutins, throw away anything you might have even thought about putting near your eye for the week before!)
And be the most wary of things that go near wet parts of the face—the eye, the nose and the mouth. So… pretty much everything, except blush and bronzer.
Universally it is agreed that Mascara is Enemy #1, with experts saying your tubes should be replaced roughly every 3 months. Everything else, concealer, powder, moisturizers— no more than 2 years. I am a huge fan of super cheap mascaras just for this reason, as well as my favorite sales (Buy One Get One), to stock up. Some women are so put together they mark the purchase date on their products with a permanent marker. I am not that fancy. But if I can’t remember when I bought the mascara, it’s probably been too long.
Some of my favorite bargain mascaras:
For simple classic length and definition: N.Y.C. Sky Rise Mascara ($2)
For fullness and volume: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume (orange tube), ($8)
For longevity and layering: Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lengthening Mascara ($8)
Full and lush: Maybelline Volum’ Express Mascara The Falsies Big Eyes (with two brushes, a regular sized and a small one for teeny lower lashes!) ($8)
Also, even if you don’t use the product every day, it doesn’t mean that bacteria isn’t growing. Anaerobic (oxygen-deprived), moist and dark tubes of unused mascara are places that bacteria love to grow! Can’t remember the last time you went through your travel toiletries bag? Time for a new mascara! You may even want to write the date of purchase/first day of use on your product with a Sharpie.
Safe space: I know for a fact there are lipsticks and eyeliners in my drawer from 2007… ugh. It is hard to throw away something that seems “fine”. The irony for me is most of it is from my Corporate Cosmetics Days, so I paid little to nothing for these products, but even though they were free-to-me, my brain says “but it’s worth so much money!”
For this reason, as well of my desire to have more money for other things in life, I am a fan of saving money on products. There is no evidence that spending more money on skincare or makeup gets you anything better. There are great (and awful!) products on all price points.There is no evidence that spending more money on skincare or makeup gets you anything better. Click To Tweet
If you are curious, you can always check when the product was manufactured on The Cosmetics Calculator. Each brand has a unique code and numbering system, so you can find out that yes, indeed, you have had that eye shadow since sophomore year of college.
This spring I was a big girl and I tossed out nearly $2000 worth of makeup (yes, a lot of it was given to me for free, but some were purchased on my own dime). It made me feel sick to my stomach. But, I took the time to really clean out my makeup drawer. And after I threw those old products away, I felt so much lighter. My bathroom was cleaner. My makeup routine felt simpler. And, I also got to go find some new fun things! Yes, being 27 was fun, but I am so much happier to be in my mid-thirties and still growing and changing than wearing the same lipgloss from 2007.
If the thought of buying everything new makes you terrified, I’m always there to help you make some great decisions! www.complexionconcierge.com
When to throw away products:
Mascara: 3 months
Foundation: 6 month – 18 months
Concealer: 12-18 months
Powder: 18 months – 2 years
Blush/Bronzer: 18 months – 2 years
Cream blush: 6 months – 2 years
Eye shadow: 18 months- 2 years
Eyeliner: 18 months- 2 years
Liquid eyeliner: 3-6 months
Lipstick/lip gloss: 18 months – 2 years
Lip liner: 1 year
Nail polish 1 year (I call shenanigans on this one?? Really?? Warning signs: separation of chemicals, but otherwise… it’s nail polish!)
Sunscreen – 1 year (your sunscreen should never have a birthday!)
Face Cream : 12 months for anything in a pump (I believe you should never buy anything in a jar, but that is a blog for another day! Also, if you’re not using your face products up in a year, you’re not using them correctly, or you don’t like them! Find something new!)
Don’t hesitate to contact Anna Lise for a skin care consultation. She’s fun, smart and will make a total difference in your skin care routine. Stay tuned for the next guest post because we will be giving away a FREE consultation with The Complexion Concierge!
How are you about throwing out cosmetics? I’m awful! I tend to hold onto products as long as possible. Now that I’ve talked to Anna Lise I see that throwing the bad stuff away can save me money because I won’t be introducing bacteria to my skin that can make my complexion worse. *The more you know!