Each season, just as you purge your closet to reflect the change of season, so should you clean out your make-up kit. If your skin has been breaking out, chances are you may not really have an allergy but reacting to bacteria build-up from products gone bad.
Are you suffering from makeup allergies? Do you find yourself often breaking out after applying makeup or find yourself reacting or itching after using a lotion? Depending on the type of reaction you are getting, you should see a doctor to find out if you are truly chemically allergic. But what most people don’t consider is that their reactions to certain products may not in fact be an allergy but reactions or breakouts caused from bad products. In other words…not cleaning out your makeup kit and brushes.
Women tend to forget that makeup has an expiration date, as do medications. A general rule to go by is, if you haven’t used an opened product in a year, throw it out. Once you’ve opened a product, it begins to accumulate bacteria overtime. “Makeup doesn’t get better with age,” says beauty expert Sonia Kashuk. Kashuk says that makeup has a “P.A.O.” – a period after opening, which is the amount of time your makeup will last after the first use. In order to track this, Kashuk suggests labeling your with the date so you know when it’s time to throw it out.
For eye products Kashuk advises not keeping mascara, eyeliners and concealer for more than six months, as “they’re a breeding ground for infection.” Lipsticks last longer for a shelf life for up to two years.
One of the more important things to clean on a regular basis is your brush. One easy way to clean your brushes is with your facial cleanser. Wet brush and using a bit of cleanser, swirl brush in your hand until all makeup is removed. After two or three rinses, you’ll notice that the colour of the water will no longer change. After, squeeze out extra water and lay them flat on a towel to dry.
As each season comes, your closet isn’t the only thing you should consider purging. A good rule of thumb to follow is to check your makeup kit every six months and purge your any makeup that you know is old, has condensation or smells funny, basically anything that may get in the way from achieving a clean, healthy and gorgeous face.
—By Toni-Marie Ippolito