Picture this: yesterday, Martin Luther King day.
My husband has the day off and wants to take me out. So I hop in the shower to get ready. After a quick conditioner wash, I decide to use a hair product I haven’t in a while. The oldie-but-goodie that’s stashed at the back of the drawer. You know the one.
I dipped my fingers into the product and thought it felt a bit thicker than it used to…but paid the texture no mind because I was in a hurry. Slicked it through my damp hair as usual, got dressed and left. It wasn’t until I was already in the car that I noticed the problem. There was… a very There’s Something About Mary thing happening on the ends of my curls. We’re talking visible clumps of product. Eww.
And my hair was gummy to the touch. ICK! By the time I got home, the ends of my hair was clumpy, sticky, and altogether GROSS.
I know all products have an expiration date, but when it comes to topical products, I never consider the potential problems. However the same way we consider expiration dates with food, we should also consider with makeup. I’ve been really bad with expiraton dates on my makeup items in the past, but after this experience I am DONE with using old makeup, hair and body products!
According to The Beauty Brains, there are 4 ways to tell if your cosmetic has expired. I ignored the key sign that the product had thickened. So don’t be like me! If you’ve got body or beauty products that are three to five years old and you haven’t used them in a while…open them, smell them, touch them. See if they pass the test before you bring them back into the rotation!