Toss It Or Keep It?

June 7, 2015

Time to talk summer beauty, ladies! In the warmer months our routine switches up and some of the products we use come out of winter hibernation. How do you know if you can use them with confidence or if you should toss them because they’re no good any more, maybe even harmful. Follow these tips to know what to keep and what to toss.


Sunscreen: Good news here. I’ve often heard that sunscreens are only good for a year, but according to the Mayo Clinic, sunscreens are designed to be effective for three years. Some sunscreens have expirations dates on them; some don’t. Check your old sunscreens for a date. If the date has past, chuck them. If there is no date, but you are positive you bought it just last season, go ahead and use it. If there’s no date, and you’re unsure when you bought it, toss it. Keep a permanent marker on hand for any new sunscreen you buy that doesn’t have an expiration date stamped on it and write one of your own on the bottom.

Nail Polish: If you’re not a year-round toe polish girl, some of your favorite colors for your piggies might have been in the bottom of your vanity drawer for the past year. Beautylish says that the FDA doesn’t set guidelines for expiration dates on nail polish so manufacturers create their own – often 18 – 24 months. However, nail lacquers (as well as top and base coats), don’t necessarily go bad in that time. If the polish has gotten thick, clumpy and difficult to apply, it’s time to toss it.

Self-tanning Lotions: Sometimes before our first beach day, we get a little color by using a self-tanning lotion. Once that base is on and we hit the beach or the pool, the lotions get put away, no longer needed. But then the next year comes around and we need a little base tan before we go out to tan! Self-tanning lotions usually don’t come with an expiration date, and if they do, they’re manufacturer created, not regulated. If your tanning lotion has separated, it’s time to toss it. If it has a funky smell, in the trash it goes. But, if it looks and smells fine, it probably is. If it’s old, perhaps it won’t tan you as well, but it shouldn’t harm you.

Razor Blades: Chances are your razors aren’t a summer-only beauty tool, but we all use them a lot more in the warmer months when more of our skin is showing. How often should you change your razor blade? Oprah has a little advice about that. Apparently the average woman changes her blade less than once a month, but dull razors are more likely to give your nicks and cuts or cause irritation. But listen up, because this important and I didn’t know this till I just read it, it’s not just an old blade that causes irritation.¬†If you leave your razor in the shower and it stays damp, it gets exposed to bacteria. That bacteria can cause folliculitis, those red bumps that appear after shaving. So storing your razor in a clean, dry place is just as important as changing your razor blade often.

Mascaras and Liquid Liners: Do you bring out the fun colors for your eyes in the summer? Perhaps your blue mascara has sat in your makeup case unused since last summer or your bright purple liquid liner hasn’t been used in a year. Toss them. Buy new. The chances that bacteria has flourished in the closed, damp environment of those tubes of makeup is great. You may wear them one night and look fantastic, but wake up the next morning to an eye infection. The rule of thumb for mascaras and liquid liners is to replace them about every three months, so do not take your chances with ones that have been sitting around for a whole year.

Do you have any other tips for keeping your summer beauty products safe and effective?

Pure Love Grows, Donna XOXOXO

Disclaimer: The tips above are general guidelines, not a guarantee that the products mentioned will still be good. Other factors can come into play that may change the safety and/or effectiveness of beauty products.