Guide: Cosmetic Spring-Cleaning
Did you know that cosmetics have a limited life span? Bacteria can build up and cause infections. For health and hygiene reasons, it is important to get rid of products past their expiration dates.
Toss or Keep: How Long Do Beauty Products Last?
From the moment the formula is exposed to air*:
- Mascara and liquid eyeliner: up to 3-6 months (yep, it's very short!)
- Pencil: up to a year
- Cream-based products (blush, eye shadow, lipstick, gloss, foundation, concealer): up to 12-18 months
- Powder-based products: up to 2 years
- Nail polish: up to 2 years
- Skin cleansing / moisturizing products: up to a year
- Hair products: up to 2 years
- Perfume: a couple of years, look out for any change of color or smell
- All products: as soon as the formula breaks or separates, grows mold or smells funky
*Always verify the manufacturer's shelf life specifications on pack.
Staying On Top Of Expiration Dates
I rarely wear makeup and when I make an effort, I keep it minimal. Due to my sensitive skin and my eczema condition, I make sure to spring-clean every quarter. Unfortunately, I can never remember how old my cosmetics are. I end up purging everything to avoid any risk — a costly waste.
I refreshed my makeup bag earlier this month and decided to play it smart this time around. I found a new system to keep track of expiration dates: labeling the opening date on pack. The math will be easier in the future.
Clean Tools, Clean Face
To keep your cosmetics germ-free, clean your brushes and sponges every two weeks. Rinse them with soap and warm water. Then, let them air-dry.
If you need to apply makeup with your fingers, wash your hands beforehand to avoid any cross-contamination.
Not Sharing Is Caring
The eye area is extremely sensitive and prone to infections so avoid sharing any eye products.