IS IT TIME TO TOSS YOUR MAKEUP?
(Note: These are standards that may differ depending on the quality, storage and ingredients of the products)
Cosmetic companies are not required to put expiration dates on beauty products although some brands do list them, most don't. Using expired makeup can lead to serious skin irritation, breakouts, and infection.
So when is it time to let go of make up?
False eyelashes - Toss false eyelashes after every 3rd use!
Make up Brushes - If cared for properly, they can last forever!
Lipstick- Keep it for up to 2 years maybe more!
Foundation- Toss it after 6 months to 1 year.
Sunscreen - Toss it in 6 months to 1 year
Lip Liner Pencil - Keep it for up to 3 years if sharpened regularly
Eye Liner Pencil - Keep if for up to 3 years if sharpened regularly
Moisturizers and creams - 1 year
Disposable Make up sponges - Toss after 1 month
Mascara - Toss after 3-4 months
Eyeshadow - Powder, Keep up to 3 years / Cream, Toss after 6 months
Powders - Keep up to 2 years
Concealers - Keep to 12 months
Nail Polish - Toss at 18 months
Perfume - Leave that one up to your noise!
There are some products out there to help extend the shelf life of cosmetic products like The Every Beauty Brand Beauty Spatula. It is reusable and washable and works on any shape or size bottle or container. Use this instead of fingers to remove product from jars and bottles. You'll halt the growth of bacteria and it even helps save up to 25% on every beauty bottle and jar by retrieving the very last trapped product inside.
Koren Zander Pro Brush Soaps are deep conditioning brush soaps that are are rich in luxurious, deep moisturizing and conditioning oils including Argan and Brazilian Passion fruit Seed Oil. They are anti-bacterial. Foaming, moisturizing, and formulated with 5 different conditioners, these brush soaps will render any makeup brush super clean, and super soft. They can be used on on both Natural and Synthetic fibers. Directions: Wet your dirty brush and simply lather on one side of the soap using a back-and-forth sweeping motion, then use the loofah side to deep-clean and loosen makeup residue. Rinse, reshape the bristles, and dry the brushes flat.
These are some things we can do to help us remember when to toss our bad cosmetics?
Use a Sharpie type marker and write the date you bought the item on it's container or box.
Keep a small notebook in your cosmetic drawer or medicine cabinet and note the dates of purchase there.
Some final tips include:
Use your nose and treat your cosmetics like you treat the food in your refrigerator, If it doesn't smell right, toss it!
and…..Don't share your make up items with anyone!