If you can avoid it, don’t store your cosmetics in the bathroom. T or F?
True. It seems counter-intuitive, but the humidity in the bathroom can encourage bacterial growth. The best place to store your creams, lotions, brushes, etc., is in a dry, dark place… like a drawer in your night table, for example.
Products in jars last just as long as those in pump bottles. T or F?
False. Unlike tubes, you actually have to stick your fingers into the product in jars, which increases your risk of contamination. So, be extra careful when using them! Make sure you close them properly, and carefully wipe off the inside of the lid after every use to prevent excess product from oxidizing and degrading the whole jar.
Body moisturizers last longer than facial ones. T or F?
True. They can last up to a whole year, while facial products (creams, makeup removers, exfoliants and masks) only last six to nine months. Whatever product you’re using, be vigilant: some ingredients evaporate more quickly, increasing the concentration of the product—and your risk of experiencing a skin reaction!
Unlike beauty products, fragrances don’t have a fixed expiry date. T or F?
True. Be aware: that doesn’t mean they last forever! To preserve them as long as possible, it’s best to keep them someplace cool and dark, as you would with your cosmetics.
Lipstick can last up to two years. T or F?
True. But you really don’t want to keep them longer than that because their elevated water content makes them ideal for breeding bacteria. Lip, eye and brow liners have a similar shelf life, but you have to sharpen them frequently. So, remember to clean your sharpener from time to time to keep things sanitary!
Mascara has the shortest shelf life. T or F?
True. Dark and humid… mascara containers are like test tubes for growing bacteria. That’s why they have to be changed every three months, at the same time as your liquid liners and your concealers.
Foundation can be kept for two or three years,
just like loose powder, eye shadow and blush. T or F?
True, provided it’s a powder-based foundation. Liquid foundations can only be kept for up to nine months.
Powder products are dry, so they don't accumulate bacteria as quickly as other products do (but you have to keep your brushes clean!). Remember: if you notice that they’re starting to crack or dry out, or they don’t go on as well as they used to, it’s time to replace them.