We usually don’t make time to check if our cosmetic products are expired or not. It is necessary to know and recognize the signs that indicate that a product is not safe anymore otherwise it can damage your skin. Cosmetic products have a short life because they expire pretty fast after opening. Expired products start to storage bacteria from our unclean hands or unclean applicator or brushes we use and can cause infection or allergic reactions.
How can you recognize if your makeup products are expired?
Most of makeup products have a PAO (Period After Opening symbol) on the package like: 2M, 6M, 12M, 24M that represent their expiration date after you first start using it, more precisely the number of months. The actual expiration date will vary with the method of storage. Some products are sensitive to heat, cold, and light. It is important to store your cosmetics in a dry, cool area with a consistent temperature.
Here are a few guidelines to determine what is still safe to use and what needs to be thrown out, from the most used cosmetic products:
- Mascara – 3-6 months
- Concealer– 6 months
- Powders and blush – 2, 3 years
- Liquid Foundation, 3-6 months (Cream foundation can last 4-6 months)
- Nail Polish – 18 months
- Lipstick, lip gloss and lip balm – 1-2 year
- Eyeliner and Lip pencil– 1-2 years
- Eye shadow – 2 years
- Perfumes – up to 3 years
- Facial Cleansers & Moisturizers - 6 months
- Facial Toners - 1 year
Useful tips to keep your cosmetic bag clean:
1. Cosmetic brushes should be washed regularly with water and shampoo, at least once a week. You should also apply hair conditioner to keep them smooth. Cosmetic sponges should be thrown away and replaced at least twice a month.
2. Throw away all cosmetic products that are broken (lipstick, eye shadows).
3. Throw away makeup that has an odd smell, color, or lost its original texture or consistency.
4. Keep makeup containers tightly closed when not in use.
5. Throw away all expired products (even if they smell or not).
6. Keep cosmetics away from heating or freezing. Exposure to extreme hot or cold can compromise your products’ safety and efficacy.
7. Don’t wear makeup if you have any infection (especially around the eyes)
8. Wash and dry your hands very well before putting your fingers into a product or use makeup applicator or sponge.
9. Clean you face well before you wear makeup otherwise it can cause acne or can lead to irritation and infection.
10. Don’t ever share cosmetics not even with your best friend