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April 07, 2021
Have you been slathering on products that are expired? Lord, I hope not. Maybe you have several opened jars of moisturizers and masks? You know that beauty products expire and lose their efficacy over time, right?. WAAIT, what? Yep, those beautiful toners, serums, and your favorite masks expire and might not work like they used to if you’ve had them open for a while.
So, if you’re curious if that balm or mask, or that expensive moisturizer you opened last year is still good, then keep reading. I’m even going to share when you should toss your makeup, how to keep your products free from growth, and the telltale signs on how to know if your skincare has gone bad.
Trust me, you don’t want to slather something expired all over your face. Why? Well, 2 reasons. 1- it’s probably lost the potency because the active ingredients breakdown and 2 - It could be full of microbes. Yikes
Using beauty products way past their prime and beyond their shelf life can cause irritation, infections like pink eye, or cause you to breakout. Let’s be honest, do you really toss your mascara after 3 months? Well, you should.
The general rule of thumb is use up beauty products within 6 months to a year after opening. But there’s so much more to it, so let's get down to business.
I don’t want to scare you but it’s possible that you’re causing your favorite products to go bad more quickly. SAY WHAAAT? Ugh I know, so unfair. You could be introducing bacteria into those skincare goodies. Basically instead of helping you achieve youthful glowing skin..it could be causing harm. Here’s some tips so you don’t let that happen every again.
Have you noticed you have a drawer full of unused skincare? Or maybe that special fierce red lipstick you’ve only worn 1 or twice over the last couple years (thanks Covid) is still rolling around in your purse (it me). Or you have 3 mascaras open. Or maybe you have bottles and jars spilling off of your shelves that you barely touch? Chances are they’re either expired or about to expire. You know makeup can expire too right? It’s frustrating, I know.
Sort through all your makeup and skincare. Go through everything-all of your masks, serums, lotions, creams, cleansers, and toners, foundations, eye shadow pallets, and those 934617 lipsticks. Figure out what you need to use up before it goes bad. Unopened products have a longer shelf life but once opened you’ll want to use them up within 6-12 months to be on the safe side.
Pro Tip: If you didn’t LOVE a facial cream, serum, or cleanser but hate to waste it, use it up on your hands, feet, or the rest of your body (unless you had a reaction to it).
But what about your favorite Me Time skincare products. Flip those over, they have the PAO on them as well.
Guidelines for When to Toss Old Makeup
Pro Tip: Don’t share eye products or lip products, that’s how germs and infections can spread.
Overbuying lipsticks, lotions, or facial serums and masks because you got caught up by the latest new launch. Or you just couldn’t help yourself when you’re strolling your favorite store or scrolling on social. It can be expensive and ultimately create waste if you’re not using it up before the expiration date. Just before you make your next purchase, ask yourself - do I really need it or will I be able to use this before it expires?
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