Let’s face it, top-quality makeup and skincare products don’t come cheap. In fact, “the good stuff” can easily set you back hundreds of dollars. These high-end products are specially formulated with high-intensity moisturizing agents, plus such add-ins as vitamin-rich serums, natural emollients, and skin-protecting sun screens. Hence, they are well worth the higher cost, but that also makes it more important to give them tender, loving care.
Keep makeup, moisturizers, exfoliants, toners, serums, and masques in a cool, dry place. Don’t put these products in the shower or bath area, as the heat and humidity will not help preserve them. Additionally, never leave cosmetics smoldering in the sun or in a hot car where they will melt. When this happens, their formulas are compromised, and their efficacy is reduced. Similarly, don’t leave cosmetics where they will turn to ice, as freezing temperatures degenerate the emulsification, and your products will break down into their components, thereby losing their smooth texture when applied.
Brushes and other applicators don’t work well when they’re dirty , and they also become a source of possible infection. The bottom line: Keep your brushes, wands, eyelash curlers, liners, pencils, and other tools squeaky clean using antibacterial soap, antibacterial wipes, diluted rubbing alcohol, and baby shampoo. Equally important, change out your pencil sharpeners regularly, and to restore the shape of your lipsticks and liners, chill them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before sharpening.
Know When to Throw
Anything with a funky odor should be tossed out immediately. Furthermore, if a polish, foundation, or any skincare product remains separated after being shaken, take that as a sign that it’s got to go. In fact, don’t hoard old makeup. Replace it every 3 or 4 months.