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It's easy for our dressing tables to become cluttered with all sorts of lotions, potions and powders, meaning that we either lose track of what we have or are inadvertently using products that are past their best and could be harbouring harmful bacteria.
Thankfully, sorting out your beauty products doesn't have to be an overwhelming task.
The first thing to do is throw away anything you haven't used in the last year. From lipstick to moisturiser, if a product has sat untouched on your dressing table for the last twelve months, there's probably a reason. Life's too short for beauty products that we don't enjoy using or wearing.
Next, throw out anything that is past its expiry date or has been open for too long.
For skin and beauty products, the most important thing to look for is an open jar symbol which will have a number written inside, followed by the letter 'M'.
This is the 'period after opening' (POA); '12M' means that the product should be used within 12 months of opening, while '6M' would mean you have six months before the product should be thrown away. After this point, the product could develop harmful bacteria. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever!
Top tip! Mark the date on the packaging when you first open a product. Or, if you don't want to spoil the packaging, make a note in your diary (or put a reminder on your phone) so you know when to throw something out.
If you're not sure how long a product has been open, these timeframes can be used as a guide:
Top tip! The general rule is that if you notice changes to a product's smell, colour or consistency, it needs to be thrown away.
Wash your makeup brushes regularly in order to keep skin healthy.
If you wear makeup every day, your brushes should be washed once a week. Do this with a mild shampoo, until the water rinses clear, then leave them to dry naturally. Avoid submerging the whole brush, as this will weaken the glue between the bristles and the handle.
Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible, supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.