• Product Clean-out: How Often Should You Replace Your Skincare Items?
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Product Clean-out: How Often Should You Replace Your Skincare Items?

DCL Fall Cleanout

Autumn is the official time to assess the current state of your entire beauty/fashion union and clear the excess clutter. Whether the spirit of the season or the purging prophet Marie Kondo moves you to clean up, it is all about the fall re-org to make you feel like you can tackle back-to-school season (or even just the new season). Closets get a renovation by bringing fall clothing to the forefront, while summer items are moved to the back and high up top. While you are getting rid of the pieces that no longer do your wardrobe justice, it is also important to trash any old or expired makeup and skincare items.

Using a beauty product beyond its expiration date increases your risk of irritation, rashes, blemishes and various skin/eye infections. Not chic! To ensure you are using your items by their “Best By” date, start by dumping all of your products onto a towel on the floor and trashing any old/expired makeup and skincare items. Look at the product package and note the PAO (Period After Opening). The PAO symbol (a number followed by an M and an open jar symbol) was started in Europe and should be featured on any skincare or makeup product sold there—including U.S.-based brands that are sold throughout Europe. The PAO symbol gives you an idea of when to throw a product away after opening.

How to spot a product gone bad? If it seems discolored, runny or lumpy, has separated or developed a strange odor, or feels different on the skin than it once did, then the time has come to throw it away. Packaging that has expanded or warped is another indication that something is not ok inside the bottle or jar.

Though beauty products vary greatly, here is a helpful guide for figuring out what needs to go or how long it has left. Makeup, mascara (regular or waterproof), liquid, pencil or gel eyeliners can last from 4 to 6 months. Cream, liquid or stick foundations and concealers are good for 6 months to 1 year. Powder-based products (including mineral makeup) are good to go for 2-3 years. Lipsticks, lip gloss, and lip pencils will last 2-3 years. Lip balms should be thrown out after 1 year.

Regarding skincare, cleansers are good for up to 1 year. Refresh your skincare arsenal with a new one like DCL Balancing Cleanser, which is great for the cooler seasons like fall and winter. It thoroughly cleans and carefully exfoliates to help refine texture and create a more uniform skin tone. Toners stay fresh once opened for 6 months to 1 year. Glycolic acid or salicylic acid exfoliants will also last up to 1 year. We recommend replacing your tossed ones with a fresh bottle of DCL Alpha Beta Gel Toner, which features both glycolic and salicylic acids. Facial or body moisturizers and serums are okay from 6 months to 1 year. At the start of fall and winter, it is common to experience dryness and flakiness—both of which wreck even the most meticulously applied makeup. So if you have dry skin, DCL C Scape High Potency Night Booster 30 is an excellent way to aid your skin’s transition between the seasons.
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