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Lowdown on Cosmetic Expiration Dates

Did you know that cosmetics expire? While you’re spring-cleaning your home, grab your makeup bag and give it a little revamp. Since cosmetics have a shelf life, it’s important to keep track of the date that you opened the cosmetic since the product likely sat on the shelf for a short period before you purchased it. Apply a small sticker with the date to the bottom of the product so you can keep track of this easily.

*If there is an expiration date on the item, make sure you discard the product once this date has been reached regardless of these suggestions. Once the item is open, you can use these guidelines to make sure you haven’t past their life expectancy.

General period after opening is:

  • Perfumes – up to 3 years
  • Powders (blush, powder eye shadow) – 1 to 3 years
  • Foundation in a jar or a cream powder – 1 to 3 years
  • Lipstick and lip gloss – 1 year
  • Pencil Liners (Eye and Lip) – about 1 year
  • Solid eyeliner and eyebrow pencil – from 6 to 8 months
  • Liquid eyeliner – from 3 to 4 months
  • Mascara – 3-6 months
  • Bronzer – 6 months

Note that natural and organic cosmetics do not include preservatives. These products can be stored up to 6 months after opening.

If you notice any changes in the product, such as consistency, color, or smell, discard the product immediately. Don’t try and “revive” old products as this can affect the safety of the item. While some changes in consistency just mean that the product will not perform at its best, some changes can result in skin irritations or infections. Once you have tossed out any expired products, turn your makeup bag inside out and toss it in the washing machine with your dark clothing. Allow it to air dry and then put everything back inside, wiping the outside of each item with a rag to remove any powder or dust.

Your makeup bag is now officially spring-cleaned… Now give us a call at (707) 759-3896, and let us tackle the rest of the house!

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