What to Do When Your Products Are Expiring
I’m not one to ever shy away from trying new products, So I’m always trying and buying new products before I even think about if I ever need it sometimes. Unfortunately, then I have a few products that are sitting there for a few weeks before I even touch them.
I’m never one to label myself as a minimalist…honestly, I’m more of a maximalist. Since the beginning of my passion for beauty, I’ve always thought of different ways to use up my products, including the ones that don’t work for me without throwing them out.
On average, products will have a shelf life of 12 months after you open them and vary anywhere from 12-36 months if unopened. Products in bottles with pumps will last longer than products in jars due to the lack of them being exposed to oxygen and bacteria. If you do purchase products in jars, be sure to use a spatula or spoon to scoop out the cream rather than dipping your fingers into it, keep that in mind when searching for beauty products.
After a few years, I’ve come up with some tips on how to use up your expiring products:
Apply down to your chest and neck.
If you have a lot of skincare products, you’re normally only applying it on your face. It’s recommended to actually apply down to your neck, mostly to make sure your face and neck is even. If you want to get rid of products quicker, you should apply it down to your neck or even further. I even go as far as applying it down to my chest. It sounds like a lot of product being wasted, but when they’re expiring, it’s better than tossing it out. Plus, your face won’t be the only thing being treated.
Use it as a body cream.
I use this option with a lot on moisturizers, toners, or essences that don’t work for my face. After a shower before I apply a body lotion, I liberally pat an essence or toner all over my body. It makes for a great moisturizer during the summer months if you don’t want to apply a thick lotion on. And during the colder months, this works great for layering on moisturizers since toners and essences absorb much quicker. Then, if you have a moisturizer that is expiring, apply it liberally to your face and body. I like to focus on my knees, elbows, and feet since that’s where I often get dry skin. This also works for eye cream, too. Since it’s more concentrated, it’s best to apply it on areas where you have dry skin, like your joints or feet.
Give your friends and family a face massage.
If you have way too many products that you aren’t using enough (like me), give your friends and family a relaxing facial. Of course, this is the most time consuming of all of the options, but it’s the most fun, in my opinion. I like to do this often with my mom when we both have free time at night. Whenever I’m doing my skincare routine, I do it on my mom’s face, too. It’s a fun way to get rid of your products quicker, essentially using it twice.
Of these options, my favorite way to use up my products is simply applying them all over my my body. Not only are you moisturizing your face, your body is also getting a good dose of moisture. I’m not a big fan of tossing products away, especially if I bought it, so finding any way to use it up is my specialty.
If you have any other ways to use up your products, please let me know! I’m always looking for different ways to use up products that are expiring or don’t suit my skin.