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Make up and skin care products are expensive, so of course you want it to last as long as possible. But did you know that your favorite cosmetic and skin care items expire as well? Yes girlfriend! They don’t last forever!

Research reveals that women tend to use cosmetic and skincare items beyond their expiration date. 70% of women are using over a year old mascara. While the longevity of mascara is just 3-4 months. 1 in every 5 women do not realize there is a Period After Opening date (POA) on their products. Don’t know what POA looks like? It’s a small picture of a jar with something like 12M on it.
FDA does not require cosmetic or skin care product companies to put an expiration date on the product.

Risks of Using Expired Beauty Products

Using expired face creams, moisturizers and foundation could cause irritations, acne, blotches and blemishes on your skin.  Who wants that? Using expired eye make up, such as mascara, eye shadows or eye creams can cause pink eye to painful eye infections.  Now ladies, is holding onto that $100 face cream or $40 mascara worth putting your health at risk?  We are only given one set of healthy gorgeous eyes and if you’re blessed with flawless porcelain skin, would you trade it for blotchy, blemished skin?  I know I wouldn’t.

Why Do Beauty and Skincare Products Expire?

Because the ingredients break down and lose their effectiveness, whether they are expensive or cheap. Also, the expired ingredients become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that you are applying on your skin and eyes everyday.

Want to keep track of when your beauty products are going to expire? There is an app called Beauty Keeper. It’s an easy to use app that tracks expiry dates of your beauty products, reminds you when it is time to replace them, and helps determine production and best before dates encoded by manufacturer. Only available for iPhones.

Here’s a list of the longevity of beauty items:

1. Mascara: Shelf life: 3-4 months
Toss is out when you notice it getting clumpy or smells terrible. Please don’t share mascara! It’s a guaranteed way to spread germs.

2. Liquid foundation and concealer: Shelf life: 6-12 months
Toss it out when you see clumping or the color has gotten lighter. Keep make up out of sunlight. UV rays destroys the preservatives and will make your product spoil faster.

3. Lipstick and lip gloss: Shelf life: 2 years for lipstick, 1 year for lip gloss
Toss it out when you notice the lipstick is dry or lip gloss is extra sticky.

4. Powder eye shadow and blush: Shelf life: 2 years
Toss it out when you notice it’s really flaky and dry.

5. Perfumes: Shelf life: 8-10 years
Toss it out when the fragrance smells different and has gotten lighter in color. Bright light will oxidize the chemicals in your perfume causing it to smell different and shorten the longevity. So store your perfumes in dark, cool places.

6. Creams/lotions: Shelf life: 1 year cream, 2 years lotion
Toss it out when you notice a change in color or scent. When purchasing for creams and lotions, go for a bottle with a pump, which is less prone to airborne bacteria than jars.