We’ve all been there, scraping the bottom of a jar for that last bit of moisturizer. Making every drop count is important when you’ve spent a small fortune on beauty supplies! Whether its makeup, anti-aging serum or hair spray, you want your stuff to last. While it’s always good to have a stash, knowing how to extend the life of your products will save you a lot of money and time in the long run.
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your goods:
A little goes a long way
Overusing product is one of the most common mistakes we make. More doesn’t necessarily mean better! With high-end products like those from MyChelle, a little goes long way. Not sure how much to use? Check the label; it should indicate whether a “pea-sized,” “dime-sized,” or other amount is needed. If you’re still uncertain, get in touch with the manufacturer. They should be able to provide you with more information.
Store products properly
Every time you use a lotion, serum or other beauty product, be sure to tightly close the cap or lid. You also want to limit your products’ exposure to air, and try not to cross-contaminate them. Bacteria and debris can become embedded in creams or cosmetics, ultimately breaking them down. Follow simple practices like washing your hands before dipping into a jar and keeping cosmetic brushes and sponges clean so you don’t transfer debris between products.
Exfoliate for best results
No matter what your skin type, exfoliation is one of the best kept-beauty secrets. Regularly exfoliating keeps skin looking healthy by sloughing away dead cells on the surface, exposing a newer and healthier layer of skin. It also unblocks pores, which in turn leaves them open and more receptive to whatever topical products (serums, lotions, etc.) you apply next. So, not only does exfoliation have its own benefits, it makes other skin care treatments more effective and longer lasting.
To make items like shampoo and conditioner last longer, minimize their use by alternating between your beloved hair care items and at-home treatments such as baking soda and apple cider vinegar shampoo or a coconut oil mask and conditioner. Try mixing half a tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to make a paste. Apply to damp hair, really rubbing into your scalp to exfoliate. Rinse thoroughly and condition as normal. You can do this weekly to detoxify your hair while adding volume. For a good conditioning mask apply organic coconut oil directly to your hair, coating each strand. Leave on for 20 to 60 minutes (or as long as you’d like), then rinse thoroughly. Your hair will be soft, silky and hydrated.
Like DIY treatments, occasionally using sample product will help extend the life of theproducts you normally use. When placing an order, use the “special notes” or “instructions” section to request samples. You can even note which product(s) you’d like to try! Many companies, like MyChelle, are happy to add samples for customers to try along with their purchases. Not only will doing this you’re your favorite products last longer, but it’s a great way to try new things before making an investments. Samples are also good to have on hand for travel!
Look for deals
Maintain your beauty stash by shopping for deals on gift sets, collections and special offers like buy one get one free. Any time you can purchase multiple products for the price of one or even a reduced price, consider it a great deal. Stock up on items you use frequently, and sign up for retailer specials and promotions. Also follow your favorite brands on social media to score special offers and discounts.
If you master these tricks, maybe you’ll end up with a slew of “older” products on your shelf. Before you start slathering on something you purchased last season, check the expiration date. Old and expired products can become less effective, grow bacteria (in some cases) or turn into a completely different state (i.e. luscious cream into goopy mess). Toss anything that doesn’t look or smell right to avoid negative effects on your skin.
Catie Wiggy is Innovative Programs Manager for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skincare industry for over 10 years as a makeup artist and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.
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