Taking good care of your skin is about understanding your skin and its relationship with various products. Dry, oily, and “normal” skin all have needs to meet to keep them healthy that vary both by person and over time. It makes learning how to properly care for your skin difficult at first. You end up trying out lots of products until you find the ones that just work for you. That’s honestly one of the hardest parts of learning proper skincare. After that, it is frequently just maintenance along with occasional updates as the needs of your skin change. Relaxing into your skincare routine like this is good for your skin and your stress levels, but you need to make sure that you don’t get too relaxed. You do need to replace skincare products every now and then. This is both in the sense that you need to replace older bottles and that sometimes a product just stops agreeing with you. Let’s look at how you can tell when you need to replace products under both circumstances.
Look For Expiration Dates
These aren’t just things for food. You can find expiration dates on many products. They aren’t necessarily the most obvious thing, though. Happily, in most cases, the clock will only start ticking after you open the product itself. A common place to place the time it is still good within the lid of the product. This can range from a full, clear length of time to a simple abbreviation depending on the company. Some products will have more obvious expiration dates on the outside. These products frequently use direct, organic products rather than chemicals specifically isolated from their source, though. That leaves an opening for the product to actually degrade due to bacteria after a specific point. The key here is simply to remember to look and see if there is a listed length of time the product is good for before your store it or after you open just to ensure you’re using products that won’t hurt your skin.
Storage and Limits
This is where a lot of us fail in ensuring that we’re using products that are still good for our skin. Products, as a general rule, should always be stored in a cool, dry space. It keeps the product at a regulated temperature that prevents things like warmth from leading to reactions within the ingredients of a product that break it down and change it. Isolating it from the damp is also encouraged as well. Damp environments can compromise products that you’ve open by encouraging bacteria and mold growth. That will quickly spoil most products and make them less than healthy to apply to your skin. Fortunately, it is easy enough to set aside a small, but convenient place in a product or within a wardrobe to keep your products happy. Additionally, set a solid limit on how long you keep any given product. You should never keep any product longer than two years without replacing it. Replacing it every year is best if you want to be on the safe side, though. These limits apply whether you’ve opened the product or not.
Signs You Need To Replace A Product
Now that we’ve discussed the general needs of when to replace a given product it is time to look into slightly more obvious signals. Our skin changes throughout the course of our lives and this means that its needs change as well. It typically isn’t in a large way, but it can be significant enough to make our skin react differently to products that we’ve been using for ages. The most obvious cue is if you apply a product you’re used to and it immediately begins to cause your skin to react. Redness and soreness are common symptoms of irritation that can happen on contact. That’s a good sign to find a new product when it happens quickly. It can build up though. If you’re experiencing chronic redness or other signs of skin irritation for no apparent reason, then you should gradually try using different products in your skincare routine to figure out whether one of your products is responsible. Try similar products to keep the benefits you want, but aim for products marketed as being for sensitive skin or that are “gentle”. This will help you be kind to your skin while you figure out that problem.
The reasons to replace a product frequently vary. Sometimes you can just tell the product no longer feels right or get the sense that you need to replace. Other times you can find a clear sign on the packaging alerting you that it is probably time to do yourself a favor and pick up a new one. Sadly, sometimes it takes our skin telling us that something is wrong and figuring out that it is one of our products. The result is always the same. So be prepared the next time you’re getting a product as it won’t last forever. Make the most of it while you can.