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Posted by Megan Hoeppner on 9th Mar 2016
Consider this your official Save the Date announcement. No RSVP required. But you are cordially invited to note the dates you open your cosmetics.
Sure, yours is a sweet love story. Your cosmetics are by your side (and on your face and in your hair, and…well, you get the idea) whenever you need them. But, alas, all good things eventually come to an end, and this includes the shelf life of your opened items. Whether you buy natural or conventional items, you’re going to want to replace them after a certain period of time has passed to avoid potentially harmful effects (infections, irritation, etc.).
The expiration of the products you use and love varies from item to item, so we’ve put together this helpful guide to help you remember when it’s time for you and your makeup to break up.
18 MONTHS to 2 YEARS
HELPFUL HINTS: HOW TO TELL IF AN ITEM IS PASSED ITS PRIME
If you haven’t saved dates up to this point, trying to recall when you opened each item can prove tricky. Fortunately, there are tells—signs that it’s time to say goodbye. And while the shelf life of natural products is basically the same as conventional items (items with unnatural preservatives), you are going to find that these “tells”are more obvious with your natural choices—an added benefit to opting for natural. Signs to look for include:
HELPFUL HINTS: HOW TO TRACK YOUR OPEN DATES
To track your ‘open’ dates, you’ll want to select a method that works for your organizational style. Here are a few possible approaches to consider:
Remember, save those ‘open’ dates. Doing so will lead to beauty bliss, and you and your cosmetics are sure to live happily ever after!