A number of different students on beauty courses will already be aware that their cosmetics, whether it be face creams or eyeshadow, lose their freshness at some point and often harbour bacteria.
There are some key points to look out for when analyzing beauty product’s usefulness.
Ever wondered what that 24M or 6M means on the back of your cosmetic products? Well that’s the expiry date, the M stands for Month(s). Make sure you take note of when you opened it and throw your products away if the expiry date has passed.The PAO (Period After Opening) symbol is currently only required for products within the EU. For products outside the EU, often they have lot codes printed on the back. You can sometimes call the company up and ask them directly when the use by date might be.
Sight and Sniff.
Have a look at your product, if it was once white and now looks slightly strange – dispose of it! If it should smell like chocolate or vanilla but now smells like rancid apples, dispose of it! Common sense dictates the majority of the time.
Most beauty products are sensitive to extremes of temperature, light and other environmental factors. For instance, those on beauty courses should know, that when a cream is left in the sun, near water or both, it has an extremely high chance of being the perfect environment for bacteria to cultivate. So, keep in a cool dark place is generally the most appropriate location for your beauty product selection.
If you’re product has active ingredients, it is much more likely to reach its expiry date significantly sooner.