You may have to think twice before you try to save your pricey, few-month-old mascara. Like food, makeup has an expiration date. The shelf-life of makeup varies, depending on the base ingredients and how well you took care of them.
Many of us may have invested in a stellar-quality brand, making us want to extend the life of the mascara. However, it is recommended that you toss your mascara after 3-4 months of use. I personally throw mine away after 2-3 months since I am more prone to eye infections.
Why Toss It?
Mascara expires fast. The formula becomes dry and sparse, which will leave your coated lashes looking clumpy, hard and flaky. Another legitimate reason is that mascara is a breeding ground for bacteria. Each mascara contains a chemical called formaldehyde, which prevents the mascara from growing any bacteria. Over time, the chemical will wear off which bacteria will grow at exponential rates. It will grow in the formula and on the mascara wand, making you risk eye infections such as annoying styes. Also, your eyelashes can become dry, which can lead them to fall out. Prolonged use of mascara can potentially block the eyelash glands from growing at a regular rate.
One great tip to prohibit your mascara from drying out quickly is not to pump the wand. Instead, you should rotate the brush inside the tube, this will expose less air to the formula. I’ve heard that another great tip is to place your dry mascara under hot water.
It’s interesting how the biggest organ in our bodies is the skin. Our skin is very thin, and exposed to everyday toxins in the air and UV rays. So it is important that we should take care of our skin by using a good and fresh foundation. Foundation expires after one year for oil-free bases and 18 months for water bases.
Why Toss It?
Because your skin is worth it! Foundation goes rancid and end up smelling pretty bad, which is one obvious indicator that you should toss it. Many foundation formulas contain chemicals such as BHT or butylated hydroxytoluene, which retards products from going bad, may be carcinogenic. What happens to expired product with BHT? What can be sure is that it is not good for your skin. The formula will also separate in liquid foundations, which is more difficult to apply evenly onto your skin.
You know the hackneyed saying, “It’s better safe than sorry”. I would recommend buying foundation without harmful chemicals such as BHT, paraban preservatives and talc. Opt for a safer alternative such as “organic” or “all-natural” foundations. You never know what the added negative effects are to rancid foundation with potentially dangerous chemicals on your skin.
Some people say that you should toss your lipstick after 1-2 years, some even say up to 3-4 years.
Why Toss It?
If you want fishy-smelling lips, then go for five years. One way of indicating rancidity is the smell, and it smells real bad. Again, bacteria accumulates on the lipstick, another breeding ground for bacteria.
Shade in your lips with lip liner as a base for lipstick. This will result in longer lipstick-wear on you lips. I recommend you to store you lipstick in a cool area. Some people even store it in the refrigerator for prolonged use. Try not to share makeup such as lipstick, it is not very hygienic.