Published May 2016
by Katrina Rubin:
Q: I’m constantly purchasing new beauty products in the marketplace. How do I know when it’s time to get rid of a product that I already own?
A: Like many people, I too am guilty of holding onto products that I don’t really care for. It’s a great feeling to declutter, organize and either gift, donate or toss what you don’t use. And, just like food, cosmetics have a shelf life and can be dangerous to your complexion. If you don’t see an expiration date, check the ingredient list for possible parabens (chemical preservatives); in that case, don’t deliberate, just toss it! Moisturizers and foundations can maintain their quality for about three months if you use a spatula to take the product out of its container. If you use your finger, it won’t last as long since there is often a transference of bacteria. Your eyeliner and lipstick may last you up to a year while face powders can be kept for up to two years. The best way to ensure that you are happy with your personal skin care is to visit your aesthetician for his or her product and treatment recommendations. This will result in a bit less work the next time spring cleaning rolls around!
Have a skin-care question for Katrina? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Estonian-born, Katrina Rubin was a much sought-after image consultant and makeup artist in her hometown. Upon moving to the U.S. in 1991, she furthered her studies by becoming an esthetician. Her reputation for quality treatments, products and results is paramount and the cornerstone for her success. katrinatique.com