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How Long Does it Last? Your Guide to Nail-Related Products

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Ever wonder whether you should toss that nail polish you’ve had since forever? You're not alone. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to help you lovely collegiettes figure out when to save and when to say goodbye to your favorite nail-related products.

Product: Nail polish

When to toss it: Once opened, 1-2 years

How to make it last: While two years seems like enough time to get maximum use out of your favorite shade, it’s important to notice when your polish has expired. When applying, look for a thick, gooey formula and/or a streaky application – all signs that your polish has seen better days. To extend the shelf life of your nail polish collection, make sure to store your polishes upright in a cool, dark space. If there is polish around the neck of the bottle, make sure to clean it with polish remover and screw the top on tightly to preserve your polish.

Product: Nail file

When to toss it: 3 months

How to make it last: To avoid damaging your nails with a subpar file or transferring bacteria to your cuticle beds, it’s important to replace your nail files frequently (luckily, they’re super inexpensive!). If you prefer a more durable file, check out some of the newer glass or crystal files, which need to be replaced much more infrequently and can be hand-washed -- making them more hygienic.

Product: Nail polish remover

When to toss it: Never (or when you run out!)

How to make it last: No need to toss that polish remover from middle school -- it’s still good! Nail polish remover may lose potency over several years, but it more or less lasts indefinitely, meaning you don’t need to replace it until you run out!

Product: Cuticle trimmers and nail clippers

When to toss them: Never, as long as you keep them clean

How to make them last: Metal tools like cuticle trimmers and nail clippers can last you a lifetime as long as they don't rust or break. However, make sure to frequently sanitize them with rubbing alcohol to prevent the growth of bacteria.

Keep these tips in mind when doing your spring cleaning (also known as an annual purging of excessive beauty products), and don’t be afraid to toss out products that aren’t getting the job done!


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