Dec 7, 2010

When to throw it out...

Recently I have been wanting to know about cosmetic expiration dates. But of course, cosmetics do not come with an expiration date so I decided to look into myself. I found out soooo many useful tips and facts!

So while researching I found out the average "life span" of cosmetics products. Some I was shocked to find out about and others not so much. Here's what I found:

  • Mascara- 2-3 months. Mascara has the least amount of time to use and is the most common cosmetic product to cause infection; such as pink eye. To help prevent infections, do not pump your mascara. This forces air into the tube and make more bacteria. Also do not add water to extend mascara life. Like air, water is a perfect ingredient to make bacteria in your product.

  • Eye & Lip pencils- 1 year. Yes, they do last a about a year, but make sure you sharpen at least once a week to get rid of bacteria. Also, if it is crumbling or easily breaking off, it's time to toss it.

  • Lip gloss & Lipstick- 1 year.

  • Powders- 1 year. This includes eyeshadow and blush. Remember that these usually get used with brushes so make sure that brushes are washed.

  • Liquid Foundation- 3-6 months (add +1 month if cream foundation)

  • Concealer- 6-8 months.

Still not sure if it has expired??? Heres some clues it's time to throw it out...
  • Bad smell
  • Change in color
  • Different texture
Here are some other tips.
  • Store your cosmetics in dry, cool areas. Bacteria loves to grow in warm, moisturized places.
  • Use common sense with hygiene! Always wash hands before and after using a product. Also do not have finger tips come in direct contact with product.
  • Wash brushes- natural, once a month and synthetic, 2-3 times a month.
  • Wash tools after use such as a sponge.
  • DO NOT SHARE MAKEUP! This causes germs and bacteria to grow faster AND you never know what the other person is carrying. Which leads to...
  • Be careful at makeup counters. Use all the tools provided.
SO some of this is common sense but to me, most of it was new. I am definitely going through my makeup tonight! Hope this helped :)

♥ -Shayla

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