Cleansers- Cleansers can vary in shelf lives; water or cream based ones will give you 6-9 months as bacteria tends to grow quickly in moist places, while oil based cleansers will give you up to a years use, so choose wisely!
Moisturisers- If your moisturiser comes with a pump dispenser you can easily keep it for up to a year as your fingers wont be contaminating it, but if you have jarred or potted moisturisers you should really only keep them for up to 6 months - dirt and bacteria's on your hands will be transferred to the product every time you use it so you don't want to encourage any skin issues. You can avoid transferring bacteria's to your product by washing your hands before use.
There are some simple to follow, good practises for maintaining your products and getting the best from them. You can;
. Store products in a cabinet or drawer.
. Make sure to tighten/secure the cap properly after each use.
. Try to write the date of purchase in a Sharpie on the bottom or back of the package to keep track of each one.
. Always toss out eye products after you've had an eye infection to stop the spread of the infection.
. Try to avoid products packaged in jars. Jar packaging carries a 100% risk of bacterial contamination due to the fact your sticking fingers or other objects into them.
. Avoid storing products in direct sunlight.
. As kind as it is, don't share your products with others - especially eye and pencil products.
. Avoid "pumping" your mascara in the tube.
We hope you found this guide handy! Looking after your products will, in turn, look after your skin and healthy skin is happy skin! Dont forget you can share your top tips with us on our Insta (@bella_and Bear), our Facebook page, or our Twitter feed (@bella_and_bear)!