The reason behind why cosmetic products do not have an expiration date printed on them is because they are not governed by law to have expiration dates. Think about it; all food products carry a best-before date because we consume them.Why wouldn’t the products for our skin be the same? Afterall, our skin (the largest organ on our body) absorbs what we apply on it into our system.
To get the maximum benefits out of the products and to prevent any possible infections, regular changing of cosmetic items is essential. I must have been pushing my luck as I found cosmetics that were bought when I first started to put on makeup…that’s like a horrifying 8-10 yrs? I stared real hard at the first eyeshadow I purchased…….speechless.
Here’s a rough guide to the “lifespan” of our cosmetic products:
Cream Based products ( cream eyeshadow, liquid foundation) : usually up to 6 mths
Powder Based (blusher, eyeshadow etc) : up to 18 mths
Lipstick : up to 12 mths
Lip Gloss : slightly longer than 12 mths, maybe 18 mths
Mascara : 3 mths
Nail Polish : around 12-18 mths
All cosmetic items are personal, be it mascara, eyeshadow (eyes are delicate areas), or foundation, lip balms, lip sticks… all of these goes onto the most precious and beautiful organ of our system. Therefore, do not share your makeup!
If you’re uncertain whether you should discard the item or not, smell it. Cosmetics that have been kept for too long usually has a stronger smell. Some cream based products tend to smell like paint.
Whatever it is, if it
♥1 – does not smell too pleasant,
♥2 – is stored under direct heat or hot conditions
♥3 – color and texture has changed,
♥4 – seems to grow mold
it’s time to throw them out!!!
How long do you keep your products? Were you surprised by the lifespan of any of the cosmetics on the list?