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The Shelf Life of Skin Care Products

Posted for AcneAnti AgingBeautyEye Care & Eye Make UPLip CareMoisturizersOily SkinSkin CareSkin Cleansers & Toners On January 23, 2012

Skin care products don’t have an expiration date. So, this makes things a bit tricky in figuring out when to toss out skin care products before they go bad.

As chief officer of an online skin care product store, a producer of my own product line, and operation of a new day spa, it’s important to understand the potency of a product and when it’s time to pitch it. Our health always comes first.

To keep track, some suggest writing a date on the packaging but so many of us forget to recheck it. Instead, a better way is to use your computer or cell phone calendar with “alarm” reminders for a 3, 6, 9 and 12 month checkup to see if it’s product trashcan time.

While many think their products may last up to two years that really may not be the case on all types of skin care and beauty products.

For example, if a cream or lotion product has turned thin or lumpy, chuck it. Other signs to watch out for are:

  • Changes in smell
  • Has a different feeling on the skin when applied
  • Turned darker in color
  • Product divided itself into visible layers

And anti aging products which contain antioxidants, retinol, and vitamins are always at a higher risk for a sooner expiration date. So be sure lids are replaced tightly.

To keep bacterial contamination from happening, keep your fingers out of those containers. When bacteria gets in there, the product is ruined and there’s no turning back. A perfectly new skin care product can go bad instantly once bacteria invades it.

Other helpful tips are:

  • Store your products in a cool place such as a cabinet.
  • If your new product has a broken seal return it immediately.
  • Keep your products away from the sunlight.
  • Always wash your hands before using skin care products.
  • If an infection or rash is brought on by a product throw it out.
  • Do not add water to a formula.

Because there are no regulations and expiration dates, it’s really up to you to figure out when it’s time to part with your products. At first, it may feel like you are throwing away money, but in the end, you are saving your body from the threat of bacterial contamination. And no one wants to risk that.

Remember, these products only last so long once that lid is officially unscrewed.

Although moisturizers, serums, and creams tend to last 6 months to a year, some product ingredients can speed up the expiration date such as:

  • Plant Extracts: known for its wonderful skin care properties, plant extracts have a shorter shelf life.
  • Preservative-Free Ingredients: while many enjoy the thought of not putting preservatives on their bodies, do keep an eye out for changes since preservatives help fight off bacteria.
  • Water: if this is the first or second item on the list of ingredients it has more of a chance to promote bacteria.
  • Wax: this ingredient may also offer a shorter expiration date especially if it has little water in its formula.

It’s important to point out that if you stick with your skin care routine and are mindful of bacterial contamination, chances are you’ll use up your product before it expires.

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Tips For Healthy Lips

Posted for Anti AgingBeautyLip Care On July 7, 2011

Tips for healthy lips
By Steven Stern

While so many individuals are mindful of their overall anti-aging skin care regimen, they often disregard the need for lip care. Like the rest of the face, lips have a strong tendency to highlight unmistakable signs of aging.
A good lip regimen promotes the following for lips:
• Healthy skin
• Chap-free
• Soft and plump
Lips do not have sebaceous glands which mean they are continually susceptible to dryness.
While there are several reasons behind lip structure negative changes there are some at the top of the list which include:
• Aging
• Smoking
• Sun exposure
The best anti-aging defense is to purchase a lip product which offers a Sun Protection Factor (SPF). An example of this is the Jane Iredale Lip Drink . Using a SPF product is especially helpful if one spends their work or playtime outdoors.
Research has revealed that sun exposure is one reason for lip cancer. Using a SPF balm coupled with a wide-brim hat can help fight off powerful, harmful rays. It has also been discovered that smoking can increase a person’s risk of lip cancer, as well.
Smoking has a tendency to dry out the lips and drain their color due to a drop in oxygen supply.
When searching for ingredients in a lip product, do remember that seeking conditioning properties is highly recommended and encouraged. Here are some important formulas to jot down:
• Green Tea
• Zinc Oxide
• Vitamin C and E
• Macadamia Nut Oil
• Beeswax
• Lemon Peel Oil
• Shea Butter
• Sunflower Seed Oil
• Avocado Oil
• Carnauba Wax
Some SPF products, like Kinerase Ultimate Volume Lip Conditioner also offer anti-aging plumping properties. Ingredients in these types of conditioners may include Dehydrasomes, Volulip and Kinetin – the combination of the three help promote collagen production.
Following these easy steps will encourage a youthful lip change in a few weeks. And for some, even a shorter time than that.

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