Let’s be real, we could all use some help when it comes to saving money in the beauty department. And no, we’re not just talking about snagging dreamy designer creams for half off or purchasing drugstore brand products at super low prices (although both of those aren’t bad ideas at all). What we’re talking about is actually making your products last longer! You know, like not go bad as fast or run out so soon? Check out these 10 clever little tricks for extending the life of your cosmetics. They’re all worth a try (trust us).
1. Store Your SPF In A CoolerLeaving your sunscreen lying around at the beach or pool (especially in direct light) is a big no-no, . “This will cause your SPF to activate and die, something most people don’t realize until they get home, look in the mirror and discover they’re a nice shade of red. the best place to keep their sunscreen is in the cooler,” . Just be sure the product doesn’t freeze!
2. Cut Off The Tops Of Tubes (Or Use A Toothpaste Squeezer)Don’t toss out those creamy lotions and face moisturizers just yet! Instead, cut off the tops of your tubes and salvaging every last drop of product you can. using a toothpaste squeezer can also help you achieve the same results.
3. Avoid Makeup SpongesMakeup sponges tend to eat up half your product before they even start spreading any. To avoid this, use a clean foundation brush instead. You’ll find that a little product goes a long way.
4. Put Your Products In New ContainersTired of your cream or gel liners always drying out? Buy some sample-sized plastic jars from your local beauty supply store, and take a bit of eyeliner from your original pot and put it into a new one, . Use the new jar on a day-to-day basis, and be sure to close the lid on the other one tightly. “This will prevent most of your product from drying out, as the original container won’t be opened as often, letting in the dry air.Transferring your hair products to glass containers can also prevent them from going bad as fast.
5. Keep Your Hands Off!Your hands are breeding ground for bacteria, just keep them off. “Pour your daily cosmetics onto a stainless steel palette, and use clean brushes to apply makeup. If you never touch your hands to the opening of a liquid product (or your lips to the edge of a lipstick), it’ll stay bacteria-free for longer.”
this is especially important for organic products which often lack the preservatives to help keep bacteria growth at bay.