I think most women are guilty of wearing their makeup past the expiration dates. I must confess, I am one of those women. So it got me thinking, why do women use makeup past their expiration dates. And on the top of my head, I made a list why I think that they do…
Firstly, they don’t know when the makeup expiration date is or how long they should be using it.
Secondly, they don’t know how long they had the product. “Did I buy this last month or last year?” (I know it is an extreme example, but I am trying to make a point…)
Thirdly, they don’t wear makeup that often, so they don’t mind that the product is a bit older, as long as it still works.
Fourthly, they don’t have the money to spend on something new, so they keep using what they have.
And lastly, a sentimental reason for holding on to certain products.
(If you can think of other reasons that women don’t toss their makeup and still use it, let me know!)
A few years ago, I constantly struggled with eye allergies and infections. When I saw the optometrist, she recommended that I threw away my mascaras and sanitize my eyeshadows. Because the makeup may be harboring the bacteria of the infection, and applying the products I am infecting myself over and over again. After a while, I realized it was not my makeup that was irritating my eyes. I was allergic to the environment that I was living in. But that is a story for another day…
But I think it is really important to be mindful of when your products expire. When you keep products for too long, there is a change that they start harboring bacteria. This can be very harmful when you apply it to your skin and your eyes. (Side note, It is also important to wash your makeup brushes regularly and also that beauty sponge)
So how long should I keep my products?
When unopened, products can last a very long time. According to this article of Instyle, makeup can last 1 – 2 years and other body and hair products 2-3 years.
Most products will have a little symbol on the label that shows you how long you can keep it. For example, mascara will have a symbol with a ‘6m’ – meaning 6 months. This is really helpful for when you are decluttering your makeup, but it will only really help if you know how long you have been using the product.
But back to the makeup expiration dates. These are just a rule of thumb and if you are not sure if you should keep a product.
Foundations: 6 months to 2 years
Blush, eyeshadow, bronzer and other powder cosmetics: 1-2 years
Mascara: 3-6 months
Eyeliner: 6 months – 1 year
Lipstick: 2 years
Also, if you notice that the product is not performing the way it usually does, rather get rid of it than trying to make it work. If you take care of your products and don’t store it in direct sunlight, but rather in a cool dry place, you are already extending the product’s shelf life!
There are many wonderful articles on the web on makeup expiration dates. So make sure to educate yourself and save your skin from a future breakout!
‘Till next time…
Keep it classy…