WE are ALL Guilty !!
I have been involved with Make-up since I was very Small. Recently I found in an old tucked away box a fat lip pencil I know I bought in 1979….. OH My Goddess!!
That’s beyond scary. The good news is I bet I hadn’t seen it since 1979…
That’s an Extreme case (which went into the trash A.S.A.P!!!) But, let’s get serious. How old is too old? Let’s start with the beginning the Skin care and the primers .. if they are over a year they need to Go to Cosmetic Heaven!! As soon as they are opened it’s the same as driving a new car off the lot. The Clock is ticking. The “organic and natural ones” even have a shorter life span of four to Six months. Especially with no preservatives. As soon as the air hits them the aging process starts (a good hint is to put eye creams and Moisturizers in the Fridge – they stay fresher a bit longer). Liquid foundations too. I find. clients keep them for years and add water or moisturizer to them … but they become old, separate and really are a health hazard.
So DON’T Please..
The Mineral Powder foundations like I.D.Bare Minerals don’t expire, and now they have a cap which helps them be less messy(sigh of relief). They are, after all, just ground minerals pigments and Zinc and Titanium which, when you get down to it, means they are a bunch of healthy Ground Up Rocks ..so they don’t expire. But, still, as a rule of thumb, give them the one year life span. Chances are they won’t last that long . We have found the average use-up rate is about five months.
The worst offenders are lipstick lip and eye pencils. And, the worst of all, Mascara! All of these products whether natural or laboratory created have some kind of a wax base. Wax attracts dirt and if these products come in direct contact with skin must be cleaned. Mascara should be tossed out after opening after three Months! Not negotiable! It’s like lab experiment. You have exposed wax and pigment which open can collect germs and bacteria.
Eye and lip pencils that are the type that are suspends must be sharpened before and after use and must be Capped! Lipsticks start to smell like an old Crayon when they start to go bad. So do old eye and lip pencils. Cream foundations and concealer, too. Try to keep them to the one year rule.
I know some of my long time Georgette Klinger clients had a refrigerator full of Make-up and Skin care. One Celeb (now passed) had them all in big zip lock bags in her freezer.
I find pressed powder face powders and Eye shadows tend to keep a long time. But here, too, watch for tell tail signs of separating or cracking. When they start to come loose in big chunks Its Bye Bye time.
Remember if you get sick from all this Make-Up and skim Care it’s really defeating it’s purpose. You are Not gonna look good. And you could feel worse.
Remember these simple helpful hints and your make-up will work with you, not against you.
And, remember “Why look Good when you can Look Great”!