Makeup expiration guide

7:01:00 PM

Something that many of us may ignore is that, just like food, cosmetics have expiration dates, and using expired products might trigger breakouts or cause more serious skin problems. Not all cosmetic companies put expiration dates as clear on their products, some just put a symbol on the lid such as 6M (meaning the product will last up to 6 months after opened). But some other beauty products won't have a sign that helps us know when to stop using them. For that, here's a simple expiration guide on what to replace when.

Liquid foundation: Liquid foundation usually lasts up to a year. However, if you notice a different smell, color or texture before the year, consider replacing it, specially if your skin is acne-prone. This rule also applies to liquid concealer.

Powder products: Products such as pressed powder foundation, blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow usually last two full years. Cleaning your makeup brushes every week helps extend the life of these products as well.

Eyeliner: The life of the eyeliner depends on its type. While liquid eyeliners should be replaced every six months because of their liquid consistency, a pencil eyeliner can last up to two years, since sharpening it keeps it fresh and clean.

Lipstick: Most brands of lipstick usually last two full years before they become dry or dark. However, when it comes to lipgloss, since its consistency is more liquid, it should be replaced every year.

Mascara: Expired mascara can cause serious eye infections. Because of its vulnerability to bacteria, it's the beauty product that lasts the shortest. Consider replacing it every 3 months, or sooner if your eyes show a different reaction.
Nail polish: Most nail polishes show their expiration dates on the back of the bottle, but in case they don't, they usually last two years. Also, they're the easier to notice when they've expired because of their drastic change of smell. 

Perfume: Most fragrances have a life of 10 years, but it all depends on the ingredients. When you notice a lighter color or a different smell, toss it away.

Besides taking note on expiration dates, consider these tips on extending the life of your makeup products:

- Keep products away from sunlight, since UV rays spoil them faster.
- Don't share products and brushes with others to avoid spreading germs.
- Clean your tools with a cosmetic sanitizer or baby shampoo once a week. (It is recommended to replace brushes every three years.)

Keep in mind that the longevity of each beauty product depends on the ingredients it contains and the care and use you give to them. Every brand has a different 'life expectancy' for each of their products, and there's no one better to test the results than yourself. Whenever you start noticing a change in color or smell, a different reaction to your skin, or less efficiency, take it as a clear sign to replace. 

Happy day!

Image from The Style Spy.

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