If you love playing around with the latest beauty trends, you have probably accumulated a pretty extensive cosmetic collection. But have you checked the expiration date on your eye shadow compact recently? Like your pantry, all of the products in your makeup bag have a “best by” date, and like the food you consume, ignoring the expiration dates on your cosmetics could lead to health consequences.
When you apply makeup, oils and bacteria from your face end up back in your products, where they can fester and grow. Watch out or your blush compact might become a petri dish for microbes that end up back on your face, leading to breakouts or infection.
Every type of makeup has a different shelf life, read on to figure out when it’s time to trash your cosmetics.
According to makeup expert Bobbi Brown, powder blush should be thrown out after two years. If powder makeup changes color or begins to take on an odor, it should be immediately discarded.
Eye shadow should be replaced after two years. Mascara has one of the shortest shelf lives of all cosmetics. Toss your mascara tube after 3 months. Eyeliners, no matter if they come in liquid or in pencil format, should be thrown away at the year mark. Replacing eye make up on a timely schedule is especially important, as using old eye makeup can spread bacteria into the eye itself, potentially causing a serious infection.
The eye is an incredibly delicate organ, and in its exposed state, it is prone to inflammation and infection. Damage to the eye could cause anything from mild irritation to loss of vision, so be sure to take all possible precautions to keep your eyes safe and healthy.
Lipstick and Foundation
Lipstick and lip liner are both good for a year, after that, they should be replaced.
Liquid foundation and concealer should be discarded after two years. Prevent bacteria from growing by applying liquid foundation with a clean sponge and avoid putting your fingers into the bottle.
Be sure to use up your skincare products in a timely fashion as well. Not only can they go bad after a certain period of time, they are also simply less potent as the active ingredients in them expire. Moisturizer is good for up to two years after first usage, and facial cleanser should be retired after one year.
Take Care of Your Tools
While cosmetics and skincare products can become breeding grounds for microbes if they linger in your bathroom for too long, the real culprits for spreading bacteria are your make up applicators and tools. Brushes and makeup sponges can pick up bacteria and dirt from your face and contaminate your cosmetic products. Brushes also bring any bacteria growing in your powder compacts back onto your face where it could irritate your eyes and skin.
The brushes and sponges themselves can host a terrifying amount as bacteria as well. Avoid contamination by keeping your makeup tools clean. Sponges used to spread liquid products like foundation should be washed after every use, and replaced completely every six months. Makeup brushes can have much longer lives, but need to be washed regularly. Experts recommend giving them a full wash every two weeks to eliminate any bacterial buildup on them.
Many companies have introduced special brush cleaners specifically formulated for sanitizing makeup brushes, but a gentle soap can work as well. Swirl the bristles of your brush through the cleanser until it becomes sudsy, and then rinse thoroughly. Do not submerge the brushes completely in water, which can loosen the glue holding the bristles in place and shorten the life of your makeup brushes. Squeeze out any excess water and gently pat dry with a towel. Let the brush dry with the bristles hanging out over the edge of the counter so the brush keeps its shape. Do not let brushes dry on towels— this could cause mildew to grow, which is the last thing you want spreading across your face.
It is difficult to get through a product before the expiration date, and it can be tempting to hold onto cosmetics for years. However, not only does old makeup harbor bacteria, it also changes in formulation and consistency. Buy travel size makeup instead to ensure that you can use it up before it expires. It will save you space and money as well.
To keep your makeup in tip top shape, keep your products tightly sealed so they don’t dry out, and keep your cosmetics out of extreme temperatures which can affect the consistency.
Cosmetic expiration dates aren’t something you should ignore. Go through your makeup bag regularly to toss expired products to keep your skin and eyes healthy and happy.