Medicine Cabinet Makeover

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Rebekah George of Prevention Magazine discusses how to makeover your medicine cabinet by discarding expired meds and products.

    Rebekah George: Cold and flu season is approaching and now is the time to take a quick inventory of your medicine cabinet, checking expiration dates, discarding all products and stocking up on everything you need to stay healthy this winter.

    Now the first thing you want to do check expiration dates. Old and an expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter remedies, well, they may not be effective and could even be harmful. Once a year, roll away outdated drugs and remedies.

    Some of medicines lose potency while others actually undergo chemical changes that can make them unstable and even risky. The second you want to do, stock up on essential. Are you prepared for unexpected illness? Make sure to stock up on the following. The first thing you want to look for, cold and flu medication. Look for products that can temporarily relieve common cold and flu symptoms including cough, sour throat, aches ands pains and even fever.

    The second thing you want to look for are stomach indigestion remedies. It's not just about the common cold when you're stocking up a medicine cabinet. You want to have the right medication on hand to treat everything from diarrhea to heartburn. Of course, you want to also look for over the counter pain relievers. Keep pain relievers like Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen on hand, which can help relieve anything from fever, headache, sore muscles, and even more.

    And, of course, don't forget about your beauty products. Many of our medicine cabinets also contain skincare products and make-up in addition to pills and perceptions. So, it's really important to take stock of these products as well. You definitely want to throw anything that you have had in the medicine cabinet longer than its lifespan.

    Many products have a (PAO) "Period After Opening" printed on the label. You want to look for this symbol. It's the guideline of how long the product is good for once it's open. It's especially important to replace moisturizers that have been opened, especially if they sun screen.

    Sun screens typically last two to three years, but they are last effective once they have been exposed to higher temperatures. So it's really important to replace yours and look for one with at least in SPF 30. Another skincare product you should update during around your clean out, your night cream. They typically last about two years five but they may become less effective over time, because they contain vitamin and other activities ingredients that can breakdown their exposure once they are exposed to air or light. Time to update them, look for one with the gentle form retinol.

    Itchy dry skin, it's the hallmark of winter months. Keep a soothing lotion in the medicine cabinet and apply it as soon as you get out of your shower while your skin is actually still wet. This trick locks in extra nourishment and keeps your skin soft and smooth all winter long.

    Well, following this tips, you'll be sure to make over your medicine cabinet in no time.