This month I’m going all budget conscious and giving you some tips on how to keep your beauty products beautiful.
Every cosmetic product in the EU has a Period After Opening symbol, which is the symbol of an opened pot with a number in it which corresponds to the amount of months you have to use up your product once it has been opened, just like the best before dates on food products.
This gives you a good guideline as to how long to keep a product, however even though a mascara is said to have a 6 month lifespan, I would recommend discarding mascara products after 3 months as it will start to clump and dry out.
How can we get the most out of our products and what’s the best way to keep them fresh….well my golden rule is, the wetter the product, the bigger the breeding ground for bacteria; so items like mascara, lipgloss and foundations will degrade quicker than eye shadows.
I would suggest keeping products in a cool, dry environment away from sunlight, as this too can degrade the product especially if its in a glass jar.. Avoid dipping your fingers into foundations and creams as you may contaminate the product use your makeup brushes, which should also be cleaned regularly! I use baby shampoo and warm water.
Keep lip products and nail varnishes in the fridge can help preserve and certainly prevent lipsticks going ‘mushy’, especially in the summer months. A good tip for applying your lippy is to scrape the colour from your lipstick using side of your lip brush then pop onto the hand (using it like an artist palette) then apply to the lips using the brush. This helps prevent bacteria being transferred from lips to lipstick and vice versa.
Sharpening pencils prior to use help to minimise bacteria… but wiping the sharpener clean with an alcohol based cleanser, will also keep that nasty bacteria at bay!
Have a great month x
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