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How long do you keep your cosmetics?

It’s time for spring cleaning for your cosmetics! Lipstick that trailed for months in your bag, the jar of cream Pure Reviva Derm that you keep near your sink … It might be time to get rid of it! But precisely, how long can you keep your cosmetics? Explanations.

The first question to ask is: why do you have to throw away your beauty products? Well simply because if you do not do it, they will quickly become a nest of bacteria. By dint of using them, soaking your fingers in your jar of cream for example, you slip microbes! Over time, the textures of your favorite cosmetics change, the formulas are less and less effective at all and can even cause allergic reactions such as pimples, redness or infections. So that’s the importance of keeping your products for a limited time.

To find out when it is time to separate from your favorite treatment or your lipstick special rendez-vous gallant, it is sometimes enough to read the expiry date on the beauty product in question. Indeed, since 2005, the optimal duration of use is indicated simply with the help of a pictogram representing an open jar of cream accompanied by a number or a number followed by the letter M for “month”. For example, if it is noted on your “12M” care, it means that you can use it for 12 months after opening. Of course, this date is only an estimate since the life of your products also depends on how you use them and where you keep them.

To see more clearly, you can rely on the following recommendations  :

Know that it is the care that is kept for the shortest time. We keep them for 6 to 9 months and we prefer packaging with an airless system that prevents the proliferation of bacteria. On the make-up side, mascara and liquid eyeliner keep for a maximum of 6 months. The eye is a particularly fragile area, so there is no risk. The compact foundation and concealer must be thrown in the trash after one year to avoid getting pimples all over your face. On the other hand, if you have a liquid foundation in a pump bottle, you have up to 18 months after the first use to enjoy it. Eyeshadow, lipstick, sun powder or blush should be renewed every 2 years on average. It’s the same for nail polish and perfumes, which, thanks to the alcohol present in their compositions prevents them from degrading too quickly. Hair care such as shampoos or masks can sit on your bathtub, staying effective for three beautiful years.

In general, if you want to keep your cosmetics as long as possible, do not forget to  store them dry and away from heat and sun. Also be sure to wash your hands before each use. If the texture, color or smell of a skincare or make-up product has changed, dispose of it sparingly, even if it has only been open for 2 months.


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