I had a facial client today, that brought in a full bag of products and dumped them out in front of me and said, “what do I do with this?”. After, I finished laughing I realized how serious she was and she really wanted answers. The first thing I did was asked her what in the world is all of this. But, before she answered, I said did you just bring me your cosmetic graveyard and she looked so puzzled. I have been in the skincare industry for a long time now and I have been a woman my entire life so I know how this came about. You walk into the store desperately looking for that “one” product that is going to be the end all to all of your skincare issues, your girlfriend tells you about an amazing product that you must try, you are flipping through the channels and your favorite celebrity is on your screen with the “Best”, skincare product she has ever used, you roam through the mall and they are giving something away if you only just purchase the latest product or millions of other scenarios that all result in the same death of a product.
See, I know that even the most non-girly-girl has a drawer, shelf, or closet full of products that at one point was purchased by possibly one of the previous mentioned scenarios and we just don’t know what to do with them. Well let me see if I can help you to make some room and maybe just maybe it will no longer be the place where things go to die. The first step is to look for expiration dates. If you find a product and the date has passed, then the answer is easy. TOSS IT! Products have a projected date of expiration for a reason and you need to follow it. The numerous amounts of bacteria sitting waiting for their chance to get back in the game and destroy your skin do not deserve a place on your team. What happens when you buy a product and you don’t see an expiration date? You need to mark this product with a Sharpie, with the date of purchase/open date/expiration date. (below I will put a chart with general rules to follow) Now, we are looking at the products that are safe to be used. So what’s next? You need to have a serious conversation with yourself as to why you purchased this product and why did it not work for you. Example, you purchased a moisturizer and it is way too oily or heavy for your skin. So, after walking outside and almost suffering a heat stroke because you feel like you have a sweater on your face you decide this is not the right moisturizer for you. But, you paid for it and you need to do something with it. Here’s a thought, that untreated decollete area. Let’s face it, how often do you give that area special attention. What about your hands, elbows, feet and knee’s. Before you turn your face and say, “I paid way too much for this to go on my feet”. Remember, you had already given this product a cheap burial so you mine as well use it. Another example, you purchased a, exfoliant and it is way too strong for your face and you realized it dried you out and the crystals were to coarse. Well guess what? Yes, you go it right. Use it on your feet. elbows, and knees. Also, you have 2 other options; use it on your underarm to exfoliate that dry area you gotten from shaving or use it as a body exfoliant prior to getting a spray tan. Final example, you have a toner that has way too much alcohol and it burns your face. Well there are several options but let’s just name a few. Use it as a spot treatment when that rude pimple pops up, put it in a small spray bottle and spray it on those areas that the mosquitoes or ants have attacked, or the easiest usage is to spray your makeup utensils for a quick clean. Now that does not take the place of a deep cleaning but for a quick clean it’s perfect.
So, I beg of you open that drawer today and get to it! Resurrect some of that stuff, get rid of some, and get creative for the rest of it. You could even plan a “girl exchange party”. The products that still have life may be just what one of your friends need. Finally, my last tip if you are crafty and have house guest. Go to a craft store purchase small containers and pour up the products, label them, and leave them on the pillow for your guest. Trust me they will appreciate the personal touch!