Nothing lasts forever. Even your favorite shaving creams, hair goos, and body washes have an expiration date. It may be time to throw out your old grooming products, free up some extra storage space and replenish your stock with ingredients that really work for your hair and skin. But how do know when a product is really past it’s prime? Here’s a quick guide to keeping your look and your formulations fresh.
- Lotions and potions can last two to three years. But once opened, the shelf life is about a year. If you haven’t used that moisturizer, shaving balm or pre-shave oil throw it out. Lotions like sunscreen, retinoids, AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) and those containing Vitamin C have active ingredients and an expiration date. Don’t get burned by taking a chance that just maybe your three-year-old sunscreen will work.
- It’s important to have your favorite groomers on hand. If you’re not changing your razor blade (between every 5 and ten shaves) and replacing your Grooming Lounge Greatest Shavior post-shave treatment, your mug will pay you back with a face full of ingrown hairs and shaving bumps. It’s easier to stay locked and loaded when you take advantage of replenishment programs. Your go-to products arrive at your front door, and you never run out.
- You can stretch the shelf life of the grooming products you have by storing them in a cool, dry place. Heat and humidity will take a toll on their efficacy. Direct sunlight and extreme temperatures can be especially bad for your colognes and in fact, alter the juice. Keep your bottles out of the bathroom with the lids and caps closed tight and you won’t have to throw it out. They might even keep you smelling scentsational for five years or more.
- The good news is that your deodorant can really go the distance as it’s already formulated with antiseptic and anti-bacterial ingredients. Shampoos, bar soaps, and styling products can last a little longer too. Just as long as they’re not exposed to bacteria in the air or from your fingers. Germ and mold collecting loofahs should be replaced every 3-4 weeks, toothbrushes every 3-4 months and toilet brushes after six months depending on how much you use them. If you come down with the stomach flu, replace them all immediately.
- We don’t have to tell you, when it gets gross it’s time to throw it out. A dried up clay mask or an old lip balm you found in a coat from last winter needs to get the old heave-ho. Also, don’t forget to check your gym bag and Dopp kit for and ditch the grooming products that have seen better days. When in doubt, throw it out.