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Beauty Stash Spring Cleaning

Well, it's that time of the year again! My favorite season in sunny South Florida (Spring!) but it’s a mission to make time for spring cleaning. The sheer volume of make-up, toiletries and beauty equipments that clutter my cabinet or dresser could take months or even years to go through over time, so let me share with you the Four "Ds": DONATE, DISCARD, DEFINITELY KEEP and DECIDE LATER.  It's important to know when to let go of something and how long you can keep it. Most especially when your hair, skin and personal hygiene is concerned. Here's a quick education for our beauty products shelf life:

Make-up. DISCARD if it's older than 18 months. Shelf life of make-up is three to six months for mascara and liquid liner. 12-18 months for foundation, concealer, powder, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, lipstick, lipgloss, lipliner and nail polish.  Expired cosmetics can cause skin irritations and even infections. They don't come with expiration dates to remind us but it's our responsibility (and our skin) to keep track of them.

Toiletries. DONATE. It's great to switch your skin moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, etc. once in a while so your skin and hair don't become immune to its effect.  You don't need ten thousand different brands, right? The FDA does not require expiration dates on most toiletries and external over-the-counter drugs because most of them has a shelf life two-five years. Guess what? Women and children from local shelter homes can actually benefit from the rest of your stash you won't even need before they expire. DEFINITELY KEEP at most two brands of each though to alternate.

Beauty Equipment. DONATE your old things if you are replacing your flat/curling iron, blow dryer, shaving machine or hairbrush once you get your income tax return!  DECIDE LATER if they are only two years old. Most of them would last you 5 years if they are high quality equipment. Test your blow dryer though by turning it on high, nozzle facing the mirror. If you see an orange color inside,time to DISCARD it! It's too hot for your hair and it could cause burning or breakage. It can even cause fire. For flat/curling irons, if it starts acting up like, turning off randomly right after you turn it on, start shopping for new one.

Have a fun spring beauty cleaning!