Spring Clean Your Skincare Routine

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Spring Clean Your Skincare Routine

Spring has arrived, and you know what that means; Spring cleaning, and it's time to sift through your skincare products to see if any need to be pulled from the game. It may be hard to let go of your favorite products, but it's time to replace them if needed. You're not doing your skin any favors by using skincare products that are past their time. That's why it's essential to know when to toss em and restock on some fresh goods.

The sad truth is that all skincare products expire. Whether they have an expiration date marked or a period after opening date, it's essential to follow up. Time flies faster than imaged as is, so it's easy to lose track. If you follow a strict skincare routine, the chances of wasting products is slim. Catch my drift? It's a win for you and a win for your skin. However, using up all your product before its shelf life is over doesn't always work out.

For skincare products with a number followed by an M, that symbol tells you how many months after opening the product it can be used before being trashed. An example is 12M, meaning you would throw the product away 12 months after opening. After this date, the antioxidants and quality ingredients start to deteriorate slowly over time. As we know, all good things must come to an end.

This Spring, it's time to clean up your regimen and think, "out with the old in with the new." It's also the perfect time to find your new favorite from Cobalt at Target.com. Your skin is worth it, and with Cobalt, you'll be treating your skin to cutting-edge ingredients and potent antioxidants. Keep in mind when it comes to your skincare, if your product seems like its changed consistency, has liquified into a runny mess, has lumpy pieces, transformed into a strange color, or has a different smell, those are all clear signs its time to kick them to the curb. A quick tip for longer shelf life is to keep your skincare products in a cool place and never in a hot car. Heat is the enemy.

The general rule of thumb for skincare products is that they can last from one to three years when unopened. After opening, it's best to use them within a year.

Cleansers: 1 year
Toners: 6 months to 1 year
Exfoliator: 1 year
Facial Moisturizers and Serums: 6 months to 1 year
Sunscreens: 3 years unless the expiration date says otherwise
Lip Balm: 1 year

Time flies, so if it feels like you've been using your products for a while, trash em! Better safe than sorry. Replace them with Cobalt and keep your skin in the game!

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