Makeup and Beauty Product Expirations

I know that many people (including myself) at one point never considered that your makeup and beauty products can expire, but they do. You can normally tell by the eye and smell test if any of these product are no longer good but sometimes you can’t.  Expiration dates on these products are essential to a couple things, the end and overall appearance you desire and of course it can be a problem when trying to reduce your acne breakouts. Though not only is taking care of the makeup and beauty product itself important, so is cleaning makeup brushes and applicators. So here is some information regarding the expiration dates of makeup and beauty products, and again, yes they expire.

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Liquid and Cream Foundations:

3-6 months for liquid. 4-6 months for cream. Unless it is drying, thinning, smelly, separates etc. (i.e. noticeably no longer in the same state as when purchased.)

Concealer:

6-8 months. Unless it is drying, thinning, smelly, separates etc. (i.e. noticeably no longer in the same state as when purchased.)

Powders (Pressed, Blushes, Eyeshadows etc):

1 year

Mascara:

Most experts agree that is 3 months but I recommend 6 weeks tops. If you’ve had an eye infection etc toss it immediately!

Lip (Gloss, Stick):

1 year unless it is dried, smelly, etc. If you’ve had lip irritations (cold sores) toss it immediately!

Pencils (Eyes, Lips):

1 year. But you should sharpen these pencils as much as possible and keep them sharp. Keep the sharpener clean with alcohol or soap & water. Clean the lids of these also with alcohol. As far as liquid eyeliner, follow the same guidelines as mascara (above).

Toners:

1 year

Cleansers & Moisturizers:

6 months.

 

Often times a good portion of makeup and beauty products will have an expiration date on it. Those products for acne (over the counter type of products) are FDA regulated and again will have expiration date. If not follow these simple guidelines. And as I stated, if you had a rash, eye infection, cold sores etc — toss the product immediately and get a new one.

 

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