Clean out your old Skin Care products!

Clean out your skincare supplies

Believe it or not, there’s such a thing as National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. It happens on November 15, THAT’S TODAY! I won’t blame you one bit if you pretend you didn’t hear that. In fact, I’d suggest you (a) clean out your fridge more than once every year and (b) instead clean out your skincare supplies.

Let’s start with prescription skincare products. Like other prescription products, they come with expiration dates. Contrary to popular belief, these dates aren’t arbitrarily chosen and slapped onto the labels to boost repeat sales. They’re provided to let you know when your products are losing potency. Yes, most skincare products can be used beyond their expiration dates—but not for too long. By the time they reach those dates, they are breaking down and lacking the therapeutic potential for which they were prescribed. Toss ‘em out like old Yoplait from the dark recesses of your fridge.

Next, let’s talk non-prescription skincare products. They go bad, too. Please pay particular attention to your sunscreens. I have a friend who has a bottle of sunscreen that she just won’t let die. Rest assured, after 10+ years, what’s inside that decaying bottle offers about as much sun protection as Adam and Eve’s fig leaves. Throw out your sunscreen at the end of every summer (the end of every season actually), and start anew. Multi-use cosmetic products such as 2-in-1 lipstick/eye-shadow sticks can spread germs across your face. Toss all of these twice a year. Unless you use a sponge to apply foundation, get rid of it every couple of months to avoid bacteria build-up that can harm your skin. In addition, don’t want for your lotions and cleansers to get gunk build-up in their lids. By then, you’ve waited too long. Many cleansers and lotions contain fatty acids, which can go rancid. Rancid stuff is obviously not good for your skin!

Want to know a great way to extend the life of your makeup? Put it in a cool, dry place. You know, like your fridge—once it’s cleaned out, of course.