Guide: Cosmetic Spring-Cleaning

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.

Adhesive label stickers from HEMA

Adhesive label stickers from HEMA

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.

Chocolate Ganache Tartelette

Chocolate Ganache Tartelette

Coco Choco Pop

Coco Choco Pop