The temperatures are getting warmer, and for many that means it's time for a makeup update.
Most people don't realize that makeup spoils and can, in some cases, lose its effectiveness over time. On "Good Morning America," Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure magazine, talked about what to toss and what new products will be hot this season.
Mascara should last three months, max -- any longer and a tube becomes a breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to eye infections. It will have a distinct, kind of gasoline-like smell when it is bad. This season, try CoverGirl's Fantastic Lash Waterproof Mascara, $5.99.
If stored properly, self-tanners should last about two years. However, if the product is exposed to heat, it causes the chemical in self-tanners that causes the skin to darken, known as DHA, to fall apart quite rapidly. When the DHA begins to loses its effectiveness, the product will often become darker, or more yellowish in color.
When a self-tanner becomes old, it won't be as effective in producing a tan as a fresh product. Get bronze glow the safe way with Dove Energy Glow Beauty Body Lotion with Subtle Self-Tanners, for $6.99.
Most sunscreens have a shelf life of anywhere from three to five years, which has been demonstrated in accelerated stability tests as required by the FDA.
However, if sunscreen is exposed to excessive heat or direct sunlight, the sunscreen agents will lose their effectiveness at a faster rate. It's a good idea to buy a fresh bottle every year. Stay safe in the sun with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 70, for $9.99.
Most unopened bottles of face cream will stay potent for two years, assuming you store them in a cool, dry place. Opened moisturizers will last no more than six months.
Retinoid lotions, preservative-free creams and moisturizers with antioxidants will start to lose their effectiveness earlier. Antioxidant moisturizers are good to layer under sunscreen for added protection, so you want to make sure the one you're using is fresh.
The sniff test is the best way to know if something is past its prime. If you get a hint of anything funky, throw it out. This season, keep your skin soft with Clinique Continuous Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer, for $39.50.