Even though the boxes aren’t marked with a specific date, cosmetics and beauty products do expire. This happens because most such products don’t begin to expire until you open them up and begin to use them. Once the product makes contact with the air and your skin, it begins to degrade and breakdown. Overtime, the quality of the product lessens and eventually, using it past the ‘expiration date’ can expose your skin to harmful bacteria that will fester in your makeup.
Sounds unpleasant enough to pay attention, doesn’t it? Keeping cosmetics up to date is important for both your look and your skin’s health. Dates vary by product, and can be prolonged by your treatment of the product in some cases, so read on for important facts and tips. Learn how to push your makeup expiration dates to the absolute limit and still use your cosmetics safely.
According to Beauty Tips online, throw your mascara away after six months maximum. Mascara wands are dragged through our eyelashes, nature’s catch-all defense for the eyes. Anything that gets caught up in your lashes will transfer to the brush, then grow inside the tube. Bacteria, dust mites, and who knows what can be living in that tube. At six months, it’s time for a new mascara, or else your eyes could get infected or damaged.
Another reason mascara expires is that it easily dries out. Pumping the wand in and out of the tube to get to the mascara actually creates air pockets inside. Over time, these air pockets spread and dry out the mascara. Instead, start with the wand all the way inside the tube and gently twist it as you pull it out, then resist the urge to pump again. This method gets you plenty of product on the wand without sacrificing the quality of the rest of the mascara. Making this tiny change guarantees that your tube of mascara will last all six months without caking up and drying out.
And yes, even seldom use of your mascara means you have to throw it away every six months. Once you first drag that wand through your lashes, the clock starts ticking. It takes six months for the contaminants to reach dangerous levels once that first use occurs, so just toss it and get a new one. Don’t take chances on your skin’s health.
Whatever the formula, your lipsticks are only good for two years after the first use. No matter how much of the tube is left, it’s time to toss it and start over. Lipsticks easily pick up bacteria, which makes the whole tube dry and fragile. Eventually, the color starts to fade, so it’s not even worth using it anymore.
To save money on lipsticks, and avoid excess waste, stick to one or two colors that you really like and use them until their gone. If you try to keep five or six colors, all used, you’re going to end up throwing them all out after two years and buying them all over again.
Powder compacts can be used for one year without danger of bacterial contamination. Changing the powder puff inside, which is predominantly responsible for picking up bacteria from the face and introducing it to the powder, can help you extend the life of your compact. Over time, oils from the face and other contaminants will break down the powder, dry it out, and distort the color. The same rules apply for blush powders and eyeshadow.
Anytime you notice that your makeup looks cakey, flaky, or has started to separate, it might be time to toss it. Foundations generally last six to twelve months, same for concealers. Eye and lip liners have a shorter shelf life of three to six months, no matter the formula. To help all your products last longer, always wash your hands before you apply and keep all your brushes clean and disinfected. Use gentle soap and alcohol or brush cleaner if available.
– Allure. How to Know When Your Beauty Products Expire.
– Beauty Tips. Making Cosmetics Last Longer.