Spring Cleaning Your Skin Care Stockpile with Help from the GLOWBIOTICS Team Spring cleaning seems to be a rite of passage as the winter chill fades and the trees start to turn to green. But our homes are not the only thing that may need purging. Take a long look inside that medicine chest or storage basket under your bathroom sink, it may be time for out with the old and in with the new for your skincare stockpile as well.
Expired beauty and skin care products can compromise your skin. In addition to acne, you are also at risk of experiencing skin irritation. This is because skin care products that have expired have a much higher bacterial content.
A 2013 study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science evaluated the makeup, skincare routines and habits of women and 70% of women in the study used some type of expired product.
When Beauty and Skincare Products Go Bad: How to Know When It's Time to Throw
Any skincare or beauty product that seems to have changed color from when you first bought it, has separated into a runny, lumpy mess or developed a strange odor, or feels different on the skin than it once did (especially grainy or streaky) is giving you clear signs it needs to be thrown it away.
If your skincare or beauty product is showing any of these signs, the team at GLOWBIOTICS recommends you throw it out immediately.
Lastly, if your product is labeled "natural" or "preservative-free" you should be extra diligent in checking the health and quality of the product because without some kind of preservative system contamination can happen quickly. "Natural" or "preservative-free" products can sometimes have expiration dates as short as 12 weeks.
Expired Natural and Preservative Free Skincare and Beauty Products: A Tossing Timeline
GLOWBIOTICS has a suggested timeline for how long to keep your skincare products. The date correlates with the day that you open the product for the first time.
- Cleansers: 1 year
- Toners: 6 months to 1 year
- BHA or AHA exfoliants: 1 year
- Facial or body moisturizers and serums: 6 months to 1 year
Out with the Old in with the New: What to Look for in New Skincare and Beauty Products
Now that you have tossed some of those old skincare and beauty products you probably need to restock on a few things to make sure you have happy and healthy skin for the spring and summer. Take a closer look at your skin and see if, with the change in weather, your skincare routine needs to be changed up as well. GLOWBIOTICS has a great skincare quiz to help you figure out if you current skincare regimen is right for you.
Instead of that rich, heavy moisturizing cream, you were using to combat the winter's cold, dry climate, you may want to lighten up a bit with a lightweight lotion for the warmer months ahead. GLOWBIOTICS offers several paraben free probiotic lotion options that can target your specific skin needs.
Another point to remember is that with warmer weather also comes oilier skin. Try adding the GLOWBIOTICS Acne Cleanser a few days a week to your daily/nightly skin cleansing routine. Probiotic cleansers from GLOWBIOTICS probiotic cleaners not only regulate oil production but keep the pores free of congestion that can lead to breakouts.
If a breakout does surface in the months to come a sure-fire way of attacking those pesky blemishes is with the GLOWBIOTICS Acne Clarifying + Refining Treatment. This GLOWBIOTICS esclusive is a powerful serum that can be used as a spot treatment for occasional blemishes or all over for a more severe breakout. 2% Salicylic Acid and probiotics help to reduce breakout and soothe the skin.
Remember a good rule of thumb is to go through your skincare products annually, toss the ones that expiration dates no longer guarantee efficacy and replenish your favorites. To extend the life of your products for as long as possible, store them in a cool place out of direct sunlight and heat.