Spring is almost here and with it comes the infamous spring cleaning so let’s make sure we are cleaning from top to bottom.-literally. Everything has a expiration date, but not everything is required by the FDA to display it’s expiration date. So here is a little cheat sheet that might help you stay away from the doctors office due to old/bad cosmetics. The old sniff test isn’t just for food and clothes your nose can also help you determine if it’s time to part ways with old faithful.
Teen Vogue give’s us a guide to help you know when it’s time toss that old make up.
Here are some guidelines on how long you should keep a beauty product before throwing it out.
- Mascara lasts 3 to 4 months and has the shortest life span of all the beauty products. Using expired mascara can cause infection because it gathers bacteria. The best way to keep this from happening is to put a label with the date on the bottle as soon as you purchase it.
- Stick concealers last up to 1 year and wand concealers last up to 6 months.
- Cream lasts up to 1 year before you will begin to see the cream separate from the water. The smell and texture of the cream will also change.
- Nail polish lasts up to 1 year. It’s actually very easy to see when your polish has gone bad because you see the separation of the paint and oil.
- Foundation is good for up to 18 months and has expired if it has separated. Once separated the foundation will not work as it should properly and may in fact cause rashes or irritation.
- Lipstick is good for 1 to 2 years. Lipsticks that make the lips look fuller or plumper has a shorter life span than those that do not. When lipstick expires it tends to gather bacteria in the form of beads of oil on the surface of the lipstick itself. This bacteria may cause irritation.
- Eye Shadow lasts up to 3 years, but be sure not to use it after 3 years because expired products applied to the eye area can cause eye infections.