A big part of our health and the safety of it, not only revolves around what we put INTO our bodies, but also what we put ONTO our bodies. I want to delve a bit deeper into my discussion on YouTube, about Makeup products and their expirations. How you can tell if they have gone bad, how to keep track of how long you have had something, and what can happen if you use bad old products JUST BECAUSE. I bet you didn’t know that your makeup has an expiration date, did you!? It’s actually right on most packages/bottles/tubes/tubs. It looks like this.
Now that you know that, are you curious to find it on your makeup products yet!? Well in case you can’t check right now, here’s a rundown of what’s what and who’s who!
Your Makeup Has An Expiration Date, do you know when you should chuck it?
They say you can keep liquid foundations and stick concealers around for roughly 12-18 months. However, oil free foundations and liquid concealers should only really be kept for roughly 12 months MAX. Because these products are in constant contact with the air and your skin, they are liable to carry many germs, causing potential infection and concern for your skin’s health. Try to find foundations and concealers with a pump so that what is in the bottle is exposed to as little air as possible. This will help save that foundation or concealer, allowing you to use it as long as possible before it goes bad.
Some of the signs you need to throw that bad boy out, is when it starts to separate, settle, or the texture gets thinner (meaning it’s separating) or thicker. You also don’t want to use it anymore, if you start breaking out irregularly, or start getting “sores”.
Because it is a powder, most have a very long shelf life of a total of 2 years. However, this all depends on how sanitary your other products are (IE. your brushes). If you clean your brushes often, you will probably have no problem keeping that eyeshadow, blush, bronzer and highlighter etc. around for the majority of the two years. To keep in continuous use I would recommend you get a daily after spray for your brushes, as well as clean them weekly if you are a daily makeup wearer. You can find great products for this at E.L.F. Cosmetics (no I’m not sponsored ….I wish!!..I just really love their products!)
Because we all know by now, putting our pigments in contact with our skin and the air is bad for us! We know that once that powder starts clumping or crumbling WAY to easily…It’s time! That dudes GOT. TO. GO.
OK, by now you should know how this goes, and mascara is one of THE WORST culprits for harboring bacteria.This is a product you should only keep around for about 3 months at best. Why do you ask? There is no way ANYONE can get through their mascara in only three months. Here’s the problem, and you do it. I know you do! You’re pumping that mascara like you blew up your bike tires in elementary school. Doing this is putting air into the tube. Bacteria, as we have already discussed. Is in the air. Then on top of that, you are putting it on your lashes and getting, even more, bacteria on it. Thus is why mascara has such a short shelf life for you.
If you want to try and get the most out of that mascara. Purchase disposable mascara wands and either throw them away after every use or wash them in between uses. This will make sure the wand that your mascara comes with doesn’t come in contact with your face causing even more unnecessary bacterias. At the same time lets address your pumping problem. Instead of pumping the wand in and out causing air to get in, just wind the wand around the inner dimension of the tube. You will get the same results, and won’t be pushing as much air in!
Now how do you know when your mascara is passed it’s prime!? One way is if it is crumbling off your lashes, crumbling off the wand. Overly sticky and gunky. Or better yet! If you aren’t feeling like it’s coating your lashes correctly. The worst sign to throw it out is if it gives you pinkeye. Don’t be that person. Don’t hold onto an eye product after it gives you pinkeye.
Lipstick / Liquid Lipsticks
These products are in constant contact with (let’s be honest here) the dirtiest part of our face. The MOUTH. Lip products should generally only be kept for roughly 1 year. Wipe off your lipstick with a cloth or wipe after every use so it can last as long as possible.
Some hints that you need to chuck it, are smell and texture/consistency. If that lippie starts smelling nasty, it’s time to pitch it. If the consistency of your lipgloss or liquid lipstick changes texture or consistency. PITCH IT. It’s not worth keeping an ill product around. It has clearly met its final days. The potential for things like cold sores is too much of a risk to keep that pretty little lippie around.
These are two pretty easy products to work with. Because they are in pencil form, as long as you sharpen that pencil between each use, you have very little potential for harboring bacterias that can touch your skin. So these types of products can be kept around for about 2 years as well.
The key to knowing when to throw pencils out is if they start crumbling when you are sharpening them or using them. Meaning they are drying out. Other than that they are so super simple to keep clean and ready for all usage.
So that’s it, folks. Your makeup has an expiration date, and this is it! The gist of how long to keep your makeup, what to look for when it goes bad, and the amount of time you should keep each product regardless! I know it’s hard keeping track of all our makeup, so here’s an idea for you. Take a little round sticker ( you can find them in the stationary section at your local dollar store probably) and write the month and year you got the makeup and stick it on the bottom. That way, when you go looking through. you know when you should pitch each product.
For a quick recap here’s a video I did explaining when each item should be pitched.