The start of a new year is the perfect time to take inventory of not only your life, but also of what you need to detox from your beauty cabinet.
If you’re using more natural products, you definitely need to be regularly checking your products for spoilage and rancidity as their preservative systems typically don’t allow for as long of a shelf-life compared to their traditional counterparts.
If you’re using products that have gone bad, it’s actually a really terrible thing for your skin causing irritation, inflammation and even infections.
Beauty articles often say to throw mascara out after about 3-6 months. I don’t think it has to be as often as every three months, but because dark, moist containers are a breeding ground for germs, you do want to keep a “watchful eye” on your mascara’s freshness too. This is particularly important because mascara is a product that comes into contact with the eye area often and that combined with the propensity for bacteria growth, you could be looking at increased risk of infections.
What causes products to go bad?
A variety of things, depending on the formula and its volatility. Severe temperature changes or UV exposure could trigger instability. Opening and closing repeatedly allows oxygen to permeate chemical compounds and begins the process of oxidation and rancidity.
To learn how to do a 2-Step Fresh Check every season along with additional tips, visit the Whole Foods Market blog. While you’re at it, go ahead and Pin this handy info graphic!
Photos by Evi Abeler. Pinterest graphic created by Kristen Arnett.