Happy Spring (Cleaning)!

We all remember girls sharing the same black kohl eyeliner in the high school bathroom. The pencil would usually emerge from the girl with the biggest bag and she’d lean over the sink into the scratched-up mirror and expertly line her eyes. She’d then pass the pencil to a couple of friends and they’d leave the bathroom with the same rim-to-rim black lined eyes. Within a week – and this is no exaggeration – all those girls had pink eye.

That was our first lesson in makeup hygiene – not sharing. The person you lend that eyeliner or eyeshadow to could have an unseen but infectious cold sore or eye infection. Same goes for products in jars, such as SeaLuxe’s popular body butters. It’s always best to use these products by scooping out with a clean spoon or wooden Popsicle stick. At the very least, always wash your hands before they touch your otherwise pristine creams!

Another rule of makeup hygiene is to throw out old makeup. Once it’s opened, air hits the formulation and the ingredients naturally start a process of oxidization and degradation. It’s usually a slow process, especially if your products are kept in a cool and dark cupboard. Most beauty products found in the drug store are good for up to three years thanks to preservatives. Of course, if you’re using natural products such what’s found in SeaLuxe’s catalog, it’s best to use these products as soon as you receive them as they contain no preservatives!

If your makeup smells a bit off, get rid of it. The smell could mean it’s been contaminated with bacteria or fungus. If you have old makeup that has never been used i.e. is still in its original packaging and is still within the end range of the expiry date, you can gently wipe the makeup with a cotton pad soaked in 99 per cent isopropyl alcohol. Same goes for makeup that’s been used but has not yet expired. Most quality make-up have their expiry date listed on the package.

Items such as blush, foundation, and eye shadows typically last up to two years. Lipsticks are generally good for one year, while eyeliners have a shorter life span. Pencils can last up to a year while liquid eyeliner (its consistency attracts more bacteria than its pencil cousin) is usually good for around three months.

Don’t forget to count your makeup drawer as part of spring cleaning!