As we bid farewell to sunshine-inspired drinks on rooftops, lazy afternoons spent lounging on the shore and our beloved summer dresses to welcome the new season, it’s a good time to organize more than just your closet. Just like certain styles and fabrics have a limited time of relevance, your beauty products and tools aren’t meant to last forever either. In fact, as we approach Fall, trade that cold brew for a pumpkin spice latte and take inventory of what you have in your makeup drawer and bathroom shelf.
And not only to make space for those darker lip shades and palettes, but for your health and wellbeing, too.
“After the heat and exposure of summer is a perfect time to clean out beauty products. Heat and humidity promote the growth of bacteria, yeast and mold in products. Once products are opened, exposure to air causes the products to oxidize and degrade,” R. Sonia Batra, medical director at Batra Dermatology and Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the USC Keck School of Medicine says. Cleaning out products that have been open and exposed to heat or direct sunlight can decrease the risk of infection and ensure that you are using products that are more effective.”
So what’s safe to keep until next summer and what should you go ahead and throw out? Here, experts weigh in on fall cleaning best practices: