Your favorite 3-year-old lipgloss still smells and looks okay, should you be ditching it anyway? Run your makeup inventory against our cosmetics expiry guide to see whether you ought to be trashing them instead of using them on your face.
Cosmetics expiry checklist
Always check the use-by labels on your cosmetics. Don’t see any? Use this checklist below as a general guide:
|Blusher (cream)||12 months|
|Blusher (powder)||2 years|
|Eye Liner||2 years|
|Eyeshadow (cream)||12 months|
|Eyeshadow (powder)||2 years|
|Face Powder||2 years|
|Foundation (oil-based)||18 months|
|Foundation (water-based)||12 months|
|Lip Liner||2 years|
|Nail Poilsh||12 months|
Prolonging shelf life
In a hot and humid climate like ours, it is always wise to keep your cosmetics and skincare products away from direct sunlight.
Also, wash your makeup sponges and brushes weekly with warm soap water, and leave them to dry naturally. Do not add water into drying mascara: it won’t work, and you’re just introducing more bacteria into the tube. Sharpen your eye liner and lip liner pencils regularly to get rid of the bacteria growth on the tips. And if your compact powder case is broken or has cracked, get a new one.
Where’s the use-by date?
Most of the makeup you purchased should have expiry dates indicated on their boxes, packagings or wrappers. Ensure you dump any unfinished portions once they have past their use-by dates.
One point worth noting: Cosmetics companies that claim they incorporate very few or no preservatives in their products will have a much shorter shelf life compared to their preservative-laden counterparts. Once past their expiry dates, they are much more prone to becoming breeding grounds for bacteria, so you need to pay extra attention to their use-by dates. Never ever use these preservative-free cosmetics past the use-by dates indicated.
Source: Shopping Lifestyle