Wondering how long makeup products like foundation, lipstick, and eyeshadow is good for? Today I’m sharing a super helpful expiration guide for beauty products that will help you know exactly when to save or toss all your makeup products and tips on how to tell when products are expired.
Happy Wednesday loves! Here lately, I’ve been working like gangbusters to de-clutter, downsize, and organize throughout my home in order to create a cleaner, more simplified space. I’ve been taking it slowly, one area at a time, and most recently I went through all of my makeup and beauty products, which is an area that is sometimes easily forgotten.
Many people wonder if beauty products and cosmetics have an expiration date, and the answer is most definitely yes! Items like foundation, mascara, eyeshadow, skin creams, and lipstick can expire without you even realizing it and as a result stop wearing as well.
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It can sometimes be tricky to tell if a product is expired, so today I’m sharing my best tips on how to clean out your makeup and beauty stash and ways that you can tell if a product is expired or not. To help make it easy, I also created a handy expiration guide for beauty products that you can save in order to know exactly when to save or toss certain beauty items.
Expiration Guide for Beauty Products
Gather All Your Items
First things first, gather up all of your makeup and beauty products and put them in one area so that you can go through them in one go. If you’re like me and keep makeup in several different areas, this might be tedious, but trust me it’s worth it in the end, so that you’re not overlooking anything.
Get Rid of Unwanted Items
Once you have it all in one place, get rid of any beauty products you don’t want. Yes, I said want. We all have those makeup items that end up in our collection and for whatever reason they stay unused. Maybe it was a friend’s recommendation or a bad impulse buy, or something that you truly can never see yourself using. Whatever the reason may be, don’t hold onto it any longer, and simply let it go. No reason holding onto something you’ll never use or wear.
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Toss Out the Expired
Next, throw out any makeup that’s broken or expired. While it may be tempting to want to keep something a little longer because it was expensive, as with anything beauty products and makeup have an expiration date and eventually stop performing as they should.
Broken lipstick, cracked eyeshadow palettes, and dried out products should be immediately tossed. If you liked a product and just ran out of it, be sure and write it down for future reference in case you want to re-purchase it.
Keep or Toss?
In case you’re curious of how to tell when it’s time to toss something, here are a few things to look for:
- Dried out formula or appearance
- Separation of product
- Unusual or foul odor
- Chalky consistency
If any products fall under any of the above mentioned categories, toss it immediately. There’s absolutely no reason to keep something when it could be potentially irritating or infecting to the eyes or skin.
Always store your beauty products and makeup in a dry, cool area in the home, and always remember to wash and dry your hands thoroughly before using products. Heat, humidity, and moisture can quickly cause mold or yeast to form (yuck, I know), so take extra care in these areas to ensure your products last their full lifetime.
Using the beauty expiration guide above, you’ll avoid getting a potential infection and will ensure you’re only putting the best quality makeup products on your face and eyes. As a good rule of thumb, I suggest going through your beauty products every 6 months to make sure you’re not using anything that is past expiration, and when in doubt- toss it! I personally set reminders on my iphone’s calendar of when to toss high use products like mascara and face sponges, and it really helps keep me on track!
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I hope you enjoyed today’s Expiration Guide on Beauty Products and I hope you’ll find the above guide helpful when cleaning out your makeup stash! How often do you clean out your beauty collection? Let me know in the comments and be sure and share this post with others!
Thanks for stopping by!- Cara