Best before beauty

You wouldn’t drink spoiled milk or eat bacteria-ridden food so why would you apply beauty products that are way past their use-by dates?

Much like food or medicine, beauty products have an expiry date. However, because these expiry dates are not as clearly outlined, enforced or seemingly dangerous as the others mentioned, they tend to be treated pretty loosely or ignored altogether.

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a horde of products in your cabinets or makeup bags, having never given any thought to the expiry of a product until you notice your mascara getting clumpy and drying !! 

Candice from Style Magazine recently published a great article about the subject which I loved !! Here is a snippet 

Much like food or medicine, beauty products have an expiry date. However, because these expiry dates are not as clearly outlined, enforced or seemingly dangerous as the others mentioned, they tend to be treated pretty loosely or ignored altogether.
If you’re anything like me, you probably have a horde of products in your cabinets or makeup bags, have used a tester packet for more than one test (that’s a no-no by the way) or have continued using a beauty product even when you know it looks (or smells) a little funky – dry, claggy mascara, anyone?!
SO, WHEN IS IT REALLY TIME TO TOSS THAT PRODUCT?

Mascara

Make sure your mascara gets changed over about every 3 months or when it becomes claggy or dry. Never dilute the mascara tube with water. And never EVER pump the wand in and out of the tube; this increases the chance of bacteria being pumped inside and ending up on your eyes.

Eyeliner
We all know you can get a better line with liquid, but pencils can last longer as continual sharpening helps shed bacteria and other nasties. Liquid eyeliner should be treated like mascara and be discarded after 3 to 4 months.

  

Lipstick

For the perfect (and safest) pout, experts suggest refreshing your lipstick every 12 months or when it no longer sticks, looks dry, begins to crumble or just isn’t preforming as well as it once did.

Eye shadow

Powdered eye shadow can be kept for up to 2 years, as long as it hasn’t crumbled, dried out or lost pigment. If you can part with eye shadow sooner, it’s desirable.

Blush

Cream-based blushes could be used for up to 6 months, while powdered blushes can be used for 12 months after opening. Keep an eye out for a change in colour, cracks or odours as a sign for early retirement.

  

Foundation

Bacteria favours wet conditions, so it’s best to use liquid foundations for 6 months or until you notice a separation or colour change in the liquid. This rule can also be used for liquid concealer.

Powdered foundation, on the other hand, can last much longer (up to 18 months). The lack of oil in the product makes it more resistant to breaking down or becoming a bacteria breeding ground.
WHERE DO YOU FIND THE EXPIRY DATES?

  

Some products will be kind enough to supply the expiry date on the package, but most make you work for them. Many beauty products will print a batch code on the actual product or on the packaging the product comes in, which can then be searched on their website to find out more about when it was packaged and how long it should last.

The easiest thing to look for, however, is the little icon depicting a jar with the lid open with a number and an M or Y. This indicates the recommended duration of use after you’ve opened or broken the seal of the product, e.g. 6M means six months.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF USING EXPIRED PRODUCTS?

If it smells bad, looks off or has dried up, it’s not worth the risk of becoming friendly with the bacteria that has possibly taken up residence in your beauty products… and multiplied. Using beauty products beyond their best-before or use-by dates can cause skin irritation, rashes, blemishes and various skin or eye infections. Yuck!

But hey, just look at it as a way to limit your monthly makeup spend! Or buy smaller product sizes to ensure you get to use everything within the time frame.

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