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    Shelf life of your skin products

    Find out our advises about the shelf life of your makeup.

    THE 5 RULESOF THUMB

    1. Don’t keep products in the bathroom, where heat and humidity can affect them.
    2. Throw out any products that have become discolored or smell funny, or any makeup that has changed texture. They’ll be ineffective, at best, and at worst they could cause mild irritation (especially if your skin is sensitive or damaged).
    3. Keep products in transparent containers away from light, storing them in their original boxes or in a cabinet.
    4. Put nail polish in your refrigerator’s vegetable crisper.
    5. Summer is the toughest season for cosmetics, so sort through your products every fall.

    MASCARA AND EYELINER

    SHELF LIFE
    Their formulas are stable up to a year, but it’s best to dispose of them after 3 or 4 months because they can dry out and harbor bacteria. Follow this rule to avoid eye irritation—and never share eye makeup with others.

    SIGNS OF DETERIORATION
    Mascara : Becomes clumpy.
    Eyeliner: Streaks and becomes difficult to apply.

    HOW TO STORE
    When applying mascara, don’t pump the brush (you’ll introduce too much air in the product); instead, turn the wand within the container. Wipe the brush and opening after each application to prevent bacteria growth.

    BE CAREFUL Don’t reuse the brush with other mascara, because the brush spiral and bristle distribution are specific to each bottle of mascara. You can, however, use it for your brows (if the mascara is waterproof, it’ll be great for the beach!).

    POWDERS

    (BLUSH, EYE SHADOW, ETC.)

    SHELF LIFE
    Compact powders last 1 or 2 years, and loose powders up to 3 years. These products keep well because they contain no water. They will spoil sooner, however, if used on oily skin because they are more likely to be contaminated by sebum and bacteria.

    SIGNS OF DETERIORATION
    Fading, cracking. Becomes difficult to lift with a brush and once applied, tend not to hold.

    HOW TO STORE
    Keep away from humidity; protect the containers. Do not remove the protective cellophane wrapper. Use clean, dry sponges and brushes. Clean powder puffs frequently.

    TIP Revitalize compact powders by scraping the surface with a clean razor blade.

    SUN PROTECTION

    SHELF LIFE
    One year after the product was opened or until the expiration date (if less than 1 year).

    SIGNS OF DETERIORATION
    Change in odor or texture: thinner, yellowish, or lumpy. Be careful! It is best to replace the product.

    HOW TO STORE
    Avoid extreme temperature variations, hot locations (like your car’s glove compartment), and direct exposure to the sun. And watch out for sand!

    SHELF LIFE OF PRESCRIPTION SKIN PRODUCTS

    creams, ointments, and topical liquids

    Formulation How to store

    Creams
    Ointments
    Topical liquids

    In the manufacturer’s container: 1 year or until the expiration date (if less than 1 year)
    In another container: 90 days

    Sprays (e.g., thermal water)

    Until the manufacturer’s expiration date

    Prescription dispensed by a health professional

    Keep in the container you received it inUntil the expiration date indicated on the label by your health professional

    HOW TO STORE
    Keep them in the container they came in from your health professional. Do not expose them to light or humidity. Do not mix different medications in the same container.

    DID YOU KNOW...Keeping medications that don’t require refrigeration in the fridge does not increase their shelf life, but keeping a medication that requires refrigeration at room temperature for more than 24 hours will shorten its shelf life.

    SIGNS OF DETERIORATION
    Be careful: Any change in the color, form, or consistency of your prescription medication is not acceptable, and you should not use it. If you have any questions, consult your health professional.

    LIP AND EYE PENCILS

    SHELF LIFE
    One year.

    SIGNS OF DETERIORATION
    Pencils become dry, crumbly, and hard to use.

    HOW TO STORE
    Keep them away from heat and humidity, and protect the tips.

    TIP If the pencil becomes crumbly, it can be firmed up by running warm water over it. If it’s too dry, you can soften it by rolling it on the back of your hand.

    SKINCARE PRODUCTS

    SHELF LIFE
    Once opened, 6 to 12 months, otherwise 3 years. Some products, especially dermocosmetics, have “use-by” dates. Most bodycare products last 12 months, although after 6 months self-tanners may begin to smell stronger and change color.

    SIGNS OF DETERIORATION
    Products smell rancid and appear yellowed. Retinol or vitamin C creams may take on an orangey tint once outside the tube, but that’s normal as their molecules oxidize easily.

    HOW TO STORE
    Idéalement entre 13 °C et 20 °C. Ne pas les conserver au réfrigérateur. Bien refermer le contenant après chaque usage. Privilégiez une utilisation en continue afin de respecter les délais et éviter les pertes.

    Products in tubes and bottles are less likely to become contaminated; to apply products in jars, use cotton swabs or a small spatula that you wash after each application.

    FOUNDATION

    SHELF LIFE
    From 10 to 12 months—but sometimes less for compacts, which have more surface area exposed to the air.

    SIGNS OF DETERIORATION
    Consistency may break down, resulting in the presence of water or oil on the surface. Compacts may dry out.

    HOW TO STORE
    Away from heat and humidity.



    TIPS FOR CLEANING AND MAINTAINING ACCESSORIES

    1. Wash brushes once or twice a month, using gentle shampoo or a specially formulated cleaning solution.
    2. Soak sponges and powder puffs in warm water with a bit of dishwashing liquid to remove impurities and bacteria.
    3. Clean exfoliating brushes in warm soapy water to remove dead skin cells and exfoliant residue.

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