Did you know that most products in your bathroom have a used by date? Amazingly a lot of people don’t realise, but if you have a look at your makeup and lotion you’ll notice an expiry date in a very small font. It may be hard to say goodbye to some of your much-loved lipsticks or eyeshadows, however like food they all have a shelf life.
Generally, if you take care of your products (covering after use and storing correctly), using them for just a few extra months beyond the expiry date will most likely be safe. Using products past their expiry can may bring a risk of bacterial contamination which can lead to infections, redness, pain, swelling, pimples etc. It is recommended to throw out makeup that has passed this date since purchase to ensure they are safe and effective:
- Perfume – 24 months
- Mascara – 4-6 months
- Eyeshadow/Blush – 18-24 months
- Lipstick/lip-gloss – 12 months
- Foundation – 6 months
- Powders – 12 months
- Eye and lip pencils – 12 months
- Cleansers/moisturisers – 6 months
- Lotions – 12-18 months
- Nail polish – 12 months
- Shampoo and Conditioner – 36 months
- Sunscreen – has an exact expiry date, check the packaging
If you’re still unsure about a product, here are some warning signs that will tell you if it has expired:
- The product’s smell has changed.
- There is an obvious colour or textural change.
- The item has been exposed to prolonged heat.
- Mould is visible.
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