We’re all knee-deep in quarantined spring cleaning! Facial Lounge wants to spotlight some crucial concepts that your inner skincare hoarder should keep in mind as you choose what to keep or toss: ingredient labels and expiration dates. So, seize this new-found free time – take a deeper dive into your skincare supplies – and make a few smart choices to protect your complexion from potential irritants and bacterial contaminants.

Expired Products

Most product packaging tells you throwaway dates, often based on date of opening. A majority of skincare products average a 12-month lifespan – unless otherwise indicated. Alongside this printed timeline are other factors that can affect your product’s life-term: the type of product, storage and packaging. If a product’s consistency, appearance or smell changes, these are all clear indications of an expiration point. If not stored correctly – skincare products can react to excessive light or oxygen, often resulting in contamination – all of which will shorten the usefulness of your product. Mindfulness and clean habits will work to your advantage – like regularly avoiding sharing and always ensuring your product is closed tightly. These practices will help you get the most out of your skincare.

Ingredient Labels

Alongside the printed timeline is the ingredient label that every product should have (if it doesn’t – run!) Much of how your product changes overtime is due to what it is made up of. Ingredients are the backbone of your skincare and can either treat you or cheat you. Below are ingredients that Facial Lounge advises against using – and ones you will not find on our product labels:

  • Retin-A
  • Clindamycin
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Tretinoin
  • Talc
  • MEA/DEA/TEA
  • MIT/CMIT
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Placenta Extract
  • Formaldehyde & Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives
  • Progesterone
  • Benzophenones
  • Toluene
  • Triclosan
  • Paraffins
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Lanolin
  • Beeswax
  • Collagen

So why do we recommend avoiding these ingredients? If you’ve been treated by one of our estheticians, you know we take an “inside out” approach to our clients’ skincare – meaning we want to know not only what you are using topically but ingesting as well. These ingredients have been known to have negative effects either to our health or environment – and this can include allergic reactions or sensitivities (talc can negatively affect the respiratory system); act as toxins or carcinogens; have negative effects on gut health like benzoyl peroxide and prescription Clindamycin; cause acne like lanolin and collagen – which is also known to negatively impact the environment alongside the use of beeswax – so we make a valiant effort to avoid altogether. Since we are unable to maintain our monthly pampering sessions with our clients at this time, we encourage you to review your products’ labeling and make sure its still in good condition to benefit your skin the way it is meant to.

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