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It's Time to Spring Clean Your Beauty Products

Are you beauty product hoarding? We are all guilty of it! Products we can absolutely not live without are quickly forgotten about and get pushed to the back of our cosmetic drawers and cabinets. It’s time to check the expiration dates, start using products that are still good or give away products you don’t use that haven't expired.

It's time to Spring Clean!

Regardless of whether they're brand new or on their last leg, beauty products can and do go bad. In addition, did you know, these expired and old products can cause skin and health problems if they are not disposed of when they should be.

I know... I know... I know... it can be hard and heartbreaking to throw out products you love and spent money on, but remember, they can serve as a breeding ground for germs - yuck! Did you know? A 2015 study revealed that the average consumer owns around 40 makeup products, but only uses 5 of them daily!

What to know about product expiration dates on your beauty products.

Think about the expiration and freshness of your beauty products like you would food in your refrigerator and cupboards, what happens once you open an item? Its lifespan clock starts ticking down as exposure to air and bacteria can cause ingredients to break down, the same thing happens with cosmetics.

Other factors such as humidity, sunlight and heat can really compromise active ingredients in your products making them less effective. Be extra careful with products that have ingredients such as antioxidant vitamins C and E, glycolic acid, hydroquinone and retinol, many of these ingredients are unstable and can go bad quickly if not stored properly.

Typically, you will find the expiration dates for most cosmetic products that have a lifespan less than 30 months stamped on the bottom of the bottle, jar etc.

There are no regulations or requirements under current U.S. laws that require cosmetic manufacturers to print expiration dates on the labels of cosmetic products. However, manufacturers have the responsibility to determine shelf life for products as part of their responsibility to substantiate product safety.

Be sure to look through everything you have and start using up what is expiring sooner and toss out items that have expired.

Look out for the open cream jar icon, known as the PAO (or "Period After Opening") symbol, which includes the number of months a product is safe to use after it has been unsealed.

The PAO was introduced on cosmetics labels in 2005 by the European Commission, which requires all cosmetic products with a shelf life of 30 months or more to feature the symbol. Products that have a shorter shelf life than 30 months must include the minimum shelf life or best before date on the label.


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