Your Cosmetic Bag
Bacteria can cause unpleasant breakouts, eye infections, and even rashes!
So here is a professional list I go by on how long we should keep our cosmetics and when we should toss them.
Mascara and eyeliner are huge on collecting bacteria. So 3 months should be the limit on keeping and using them.
Lipstick should be tossed between 1 and 2 years. In fact, with some lipsticks, they will have a rancid type odor. Toss immediately!
Face cream should also be used up in 3 months.
Foundation will last for 1 year. When applying, try not to touch tip of bottle/applicator so as not to promote bacteria and cause contamination. It will alsocarry a rancid smell when it’s gone bad. Toss yesterday! Face oil will also be good for 1 year. After that long, take a sniff and you’ll know if it’s useable.
Sunscreen usually has an expiration date and I would go by that. I say 1 year for it. Loose powder is supposed to be tossed after a year as well.
As for your makeup brushes, please clean regularly with a brush cleaner or Woolite.
I hope these tips will keep you beautiful and healthy. It’s a new season and time for a new palette!
Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!
Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull
Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or firstname.lastname@example.org.