Updated: Jul 20, 2020
Avoid unwanted breakouts and ditch expired beauty products today!
(Adapted and expanded from July edition of Quon's Eyes Face To Face Magazine)
Since the emergence of COVID-19 the world has become more germ conscious than ever before.
The beauty industry itself received an overnight overhaul as recommendations emerged to diminish the spread of the virus through common shopping experiences at beauty retailers nation-wide.
If you haven't already, it's time to take a cue from beauty retailers and examine the health and safety of your beauty stash.
If not properly stored or monitored, your beauty products and tools can become a breeding ground for unwanted bacteria, germs, and viruses ...waiting to wreak havoc on your skin.
Did you know that all beauty products have an expiration date? Expired makeup contains bacteria that is harmful to your skin and can lead to unwanted breakouts or infections. Stave off unwanted skin concerns by following our product expiration guide.
Equally important to product expiration is product storage. Improper storage can cause products to spoil even faster and promote the growth of bacteria. Beauty products and brushes should be stored in a cool dry place, and not in your bathroom. The daily steam from hot showers and baths creates the perfect temperature to promote bacteria growth and cause products to spoil over time. Do you store your makeup brushes on your bathroom counter? Depending on the size of your bathroom counter, that could be a no-no too. The splash zone of your toilet and bathroom sink could be a little too close for comfort and fall within reach of your brushes.
To protect the health of your skin, makeup brushes should be washed weekly. If you have an active acne breakout wash your brushes nightly to avoid spreading acne bacteria. Your makeup brushes should never be shared with anyone as you can introduce bacteria from others onto your face.
To keep bacteria at bay and to protect the health of your skin follow our helpful product expiration guide:
Shelf life: 2 Years
Product(s): Powder Products
Powder blush, bronzers, foundation, and powder setting products are in it for the long haul! To reach that 2-year mark you must maintain clean makeup brushes to keep unwanted bacteria at bay.
Shelf life: Up to 1 Year
Product(s): Brow, Eye, and Lip Pencils (non-liquid)
Thanks to frequent sharpening, non-liquid pencils are good for use up to one year. Liquid pencils and liners should be replaced every 4 months.
Shelf life: Up to 1 Year
Product(s): Lipstick and Lip Glosses
With proper care and storage your favorite lippies can last up to a year. If you ever notice a waxy or cheese-like smell from your lipstick or gloss that means it's time to toss it immediately. In protecting the health of your skin and your overall well-being it is important to remember to never share lip products with friends or relatives.
Shelf life: 6 -12 months
Product(s): Concealer and Foundation
Liquid to cream foundations generally lasts 6-8 months. As most foundations differ in formula this window maybe shorter or longer dependent upon the formula of the foundation. Water-based foundations can become breeding grounds for bacteria. If you ever notice a smell from your foundation, breakouts, or see product separation it's time to discard your foundation. This also applies to liquid bronzers, blush, and highlighters.
Shelf life: 3-6 months
Although eyeshadows are powder-based, because they are in contact with the eyes and at risk for picking up germs, your shadows will tend to have much shorter shelf life than your other powder-base products. If you ever notice itching or redness of the eyes from using your eyeshadows, it's time to discard them. If you develop an eye infection (pink eye) eyeshadows should be discarded or throughly sanitized to prevent another infection.
Shelf life: 3 Months
Mascara should be monitored as your mascara tube can become a breeding ground for germs. When mascara becomes clumpy or has a weird smell it's time to discard it. If you develop an eye infection the mascara you used prior to or during the time you exhibit symptoms of infection, should be discarded to prevent reinfection.
Shelf life: Up to 30 days
Product(s): False Strip Lashes
It is important to note that all lashes are not created equally. Typically, "drugstore" and "beauty supply store" lashes are made for one-time use. The bands used to construct the lashes are not like the premium cotton-lash bands you will find at QuonsEyes.com. Therefore, the lash band itself tends to become comprised with repeated use because it is simply is not made to withstand continued daily use. Quon's Eyes lashes are hand-crafted and made with premium materials and a soft cotton lash band. Our lashes are made to last for 30 days of consecutive wear, with proper care.
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