Cosmetic expiration dates

12 Days of Beauty Tips – Tip # 4

Clean Out Your Makeup Drawer TODAY!!

Do you hoard old make-up ‘just in case’ or because you can’t find the same color or brand that you’ve loved for so long? What if I told you that cosmetics expire sooner than you think and these expired cosmetics can cause skin irritations and eye infections. Cosmetics don’t typically have expiration dates on them, so you should try to keep track of when you open each item.

You can use your common sense to help you determine when to toss your expired cosmetics. For example, if your lipstick starts to smell funny or your lip gloss gets too gooey, your mascara starts to clot and congeal or your nail polish starts to separate, you will know that it is time to invest in new ones. I’ll be the first to admit that I am guilty of holding onto lipstick that I loved in the 90s and adding nail polish remover to all my nail polish when it gets old and thick. I used to keep my mascara for six months to a year after opening it and then I would wonder why my eyes would tear every time I walked outside and why my vision deteriorated so quickly.

Alternatively, you could use the following chart to guide you on when you should toss your expired cosmetics.

Concealers, Creams – shadows, blushes or foundation 12 – 18 months
Lipsticks and lipliners 12 months
Lipgloss 18 – 24 months
Liquid or gel eyeliner 3 months
Mascara 3 months
Oil-free foundation 12 months
Pencil eyeliner 24 months
Powders – blushes, bronzers, shadows 24 months

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