Have you ever checked all your makeup’s expiration date or even considered checking its shelf life? I assumed not many people would check it regularly. I knew that makeup & skin care products have its own expiration date however I have not thought about it very seriously nor check it once a while until when I got all these crazy break-outs which very irritated me. My skin looked dirty like i was having some skin disease or something. It was bothering me so much, I couldn’t stop scratching it – which led to worse situation, It took about a half month for it to disappear on my face. and obviously I was thinking about it too much, It caused lack of confidence that people are just looking at my face all the time when I go out. So after having a bad skin trouble, I started to check all my makeup’s ingredients and other things, I concluded that the skincare product that I used was over passed it’s shelf life /expiration date.
Expired makeup can lead to serious irritation, breakouts, and infection.
I think it is very important to check it regularly just like the food you have in your refrigerator. If your food is passed the expiration date, you throw it away unless you don’t really care. Especially the skin care products are crucial since we put it on our skin directly and the skin absorb it. Since it is very important, I would like to share some of articles that I’ve personally found while researching the skin trouble that I had previously.
Reading the Expiration Dates
The FDA does not require cosmetic companies to provide expiration dates on beauty products but a few brands list them anyway! Like food labels, some cosmetics have the month, date, and year printed on the package. Others have a symbol of a jar with an open lid, number, and letter. The open lid means the expiration date applies once the product is opened or the seal is removed. The letter is usually an “M” for month or “Y” for year. So if you see “12 M” on the symbol that means the product will last up to 12 months after it has been opened.
General Shelf Life of Makeup[accordion title=”Mascara”]Shelf-life: 2 – 3 months
How to tell: As soon as you notice it’s getting clumpy or smells weird, toss it out!
Rule: Stop sharing mascara! This is a guaranteed way to spread germs. If you have to share, use disposable applicators and no double-dipping![/accordion] [accordion title=”Lotion”]Shelf-life: 2 years
How to tell: A change in color or scent is a dead giveaway for expired lotion!
Tip: Go for a bottle with a pump rather than one in a jar. Lotion with a pump is less prone to airborne bacteria meaning it will last longer because is much more sanitary.[/accordion] [accordion title=”Liquid Foundation / Concealer”]Shelf-life: 6 -12 months.
How to tell: If it has separated into layers or the color has lightened, it’s time to buy a new one!
Tip: Keep makeup out of sunlight. UV rays can destroy preservatives which will make your products spoil faster.[/accordion] [accordion title=”Lipstick / Lipgloss”]Shelf-life: 2 years for lipstick, 1 year for gloss.
How to tell: If you notice your lipstick has become dry or your gloss is extra sticky, they’ve probably gone bad!
Rule: Testing out shades at the makeup counter is totally fine but NEVER apply directly from the tube. Ask an associate to disinfect it for you then apply with a disposable applicator.[/accordion] [accordion title=”Powder Foundation / Brush / Eyeshadow”]Shelf-life: 2 years.
How to tell: Expired powders tend to be more dry and flaky than new ones.
Rule: Invest in a cosmetic sanitizer and brush shampoo! Cleaning your makeup and tools on a regular basis will help prevent both bacteria growth and breakouts![/accordion] [accordion title=”Fragrances”]Shelf-life: 8 – 10 years!
How to tell: Perfumes that are starting to smell different or lighten in color are definitely expired!
Tip: Bright lights make perfumes oxidize faster. Store them in cool, dark places to make them last longer.[/accordion] [accordion title=”Nail Polish”]Shelf-life: 1 – 2 years.
How to tell: If the polish is extra goopy or has separated into layers and won’t blend after a quick shake, it’s time to let it go!
Tip: Next time you’re in the beauty aisle, grab a nail polish thinner which is a cheap and easy way to increase the longevity of your favorite polish! Stick with these rules for a healthy beauty routine—your skin will thank you for it![/accordion]
I hope this post was helpful enough! I trashed a lot of my makeup that was hiding in my vanity drawers. I felt that I wasted it but on the other hand, I was glad if you know what i mean. From now on, I am going to check it regularly so that I don’t have to deal with irritation/breakouts. I just want to be pretty with clear skin! 🙂x0