Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Beauty Products Have Gone Bad

I love spring clean. I like to throw things away ( if I don't use it, of course). My spring clean madness have a point somehow because I know which product I often use, love and hate. Make up spring clean is different and difficult to me because I often wish make up last forever but it doesn't.Everything has expiring date.

This is few tips on how to check beauty product gone to heaven.

Changes in odor
Fragrances are made of many different ingredients that can react with the rest of the product so it's not surprising that the fragrance is often the first thing to go bad. A little fragrance fading is completely normal but if you detect a sour or rancid odor it may be a signal that something is seriously wrong and it's time to throw it out!

Changes in color

The color of the product is very sensitive to light, so it's not unusual for cosmetics in clear packaging to experience a shift in shade. Slight color changes don't necessarily mean there's anything functionally wrong but if you detect a big change from the products original appearance then it's time to toss it.

Changes in texture

Changes in the consistency of a product may be subtle but significant. For example, if your skin lotion looks exceptionally thick or thin or if it appears too grainy, this may be an early indicator of product instability. This means the oil- and water- soluble chemicals are separating. Not good!

Microbial contamination

If you see any black spots or fuzzy growth in your product, it could be contaminated with bacteria or fungus. Get rid of it immediately or you may be at risk for infection! And by the way, you should never dilute a product with water just so you can get the last little bit out of the bottle. Adding water can dilute the preservative system which can allow potentially dangerous bugs to grow.

Physical separation

If the product has separated into two layers then it has gone bad. You can't always fix it by just remixing it. This is particularly true of cosmetics that have active ingredients like sunscreens and dandruff shampoos. Once the active drug ingredient has separated from the rest of the formula, it may not work properly anymore.

  Best way to store beauty products
Proper storage is key. Many products are sensitive to heat, cold and light. Products are best stored in a dark place without drastic temperature changes. Some people think that the freezer will extend the life of their products but the truth is products like skin lotions (which are emulsions) can crystallize, thicken, or turn grainy if they're frozen. Once that happens, the product is ruined. While there is no way to know what happened to a product before you bought it, you can take care to store it properly once you get it home. Also, don't leave products in your car for extended periods of time, the huge swings in temperature will cut short the life of your product.

If properly stored, you can potentially get a few years use out of many of your favorite beauty products. However, it is important to take stock of your inventory every so often to make sure you are not using something that could potentially be harmful. Remember that when in doubt, throw it out!

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  1. Great tips, Shareena. I hardly ever think of my beauty products going bad, but I guess it's good to take that possibility into consideration.

  2. ShareenaShaharruddinJanuary 12, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Thanks! it is something I need to remind myself because bad beauty products can causes my skin break out like crazy...:(

  3. wow great tips i have to try some of these !!! great post thanks for sharing

  4. So helpful! I like to do some cleaning through my makeup too :)

  5. ShareenaShaharruddinJanuary 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    thanks! :)

  6. ShareenaShaharruddinJanuary 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    your welcome! :)

  7. great post Shareena!! very important too :))

  8. ShareenaShaharruddinJanuary 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Thanks, Maryam!


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