Don’t Ruin Your Skin with Expired Makeup

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While it may not curdle like milk or get moldy like bread, all of your makeup products have an expiration date. And although you’re not eating it -hopefully- 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed.

Expired makeup = bacteria = skin and eye infections, acne, dry skin, discoloration, allergic reactions, other bad reactions you don’t want

It’s not always super obvious, which is why I’m here to help. Unfortunately, cosmetic companies aren’t required to put expiration dates on their products. If there is a date, being a girl just became a heck of a lot easier. If you don’t see a date printed on the packaging, which you probably won’t, use the guidelines below to learn when retire your makeup.

When it does have an expiration date:

Some cosmetics will have the month, date and year printed on the package. Kudos to those companies; you rock.

Others have a symbol of a jar with an open lid, number and letter. The open lid signifies that the expiration date will only apply once the product has been opened. The letter will be a M or Y, meaning ‘month’ or ‘year.’ If you see “3M” on a product, that means it’ll be good for 3 months after you initially open it.

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If they don’t list the date, here’s a list of the shelf life for your typical cosmetics:
Fun fact-Following the links will lead you to my favorite products, which are all pictured in this post!

Mascara – 3 months

Liquid eyeliner – 6 months

Liquid foundation – 6 months to 1 year

Powder foundation – 1 year

Nail polish – 1 year

Concealer – 12 to 18 months

Cream blush – 12 to 18 months

Blush/Bronzer – 18 months

Eye shadow – 18 months

Eyeliner – 18 months

Lipstick/Lip gloss – 18 months

Lotion – 2 years

Fragrances – 8 to 10 years

Some takeaways:

As soon as your product is opened, bacteria will begin to grow.

& when you share your makeup with others, that’s just an invitation for bacteria to have a party in your makeup bag.

Never use makeup if you have an eye infection; that will spread the bacteria to everything else it touches.

Discard any makeup that has changed color, gotten clumpy or smells funny.

Keep your makeup in a dry and cool place.

Never use tester products at the store, that’s just disgusting. You have no idea how many other strangers have used that same makeup; and I don’t think you want to.

Clean your brushes at least once a week. Yes, I’m serious. Hardly anyone does it but it’s highly recommended. Those things are just harboring germs.

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