Use it or Lose it - Beauty Expiration Date Guide

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Use It Or Lose ItWhen was the last time you cleaned out your beauty bag or makeup case? Believe it or not, your favorite beauty supplies do not last forever. The ingredients are only made to last so long. If you take a look at some of your products, you'll probably see an expiration date listed. Beauty expiration dates aren't a requirement (unless the product is an over-the-counter product) but many manufacturers list them anyway. If there is no expiration date on a product, it is best to determine the usage date by noting when you open a product and then discarding after 6 months, especially any product you are putting your hands in. You can extend the life of a products usage date by purchasing disposable product spatulas, or using a Q-tip instead of your fingers when applying.

Regardless of the date, your beauty and makeup supplies shouldn’t be used indefinitely solely based on that date. Dirt, germs and bacteria can thrive in opened products, breaking down their formulas and transferring to your skin. What should be tossed? We’ve got the lowdown on the optimal time-frame to use your beauty basics!

Mascara – 2 to 3 Months
Using mascara past its expiration date can cause severe eye infections. Toss that tube after two to three months. If you notice strange clumping or odors, toss it sooner. Mascara expires faster than many beauty products because air is constantly pushed inside the tube during every use. Bacteria grows quickly, so get rid of any old mascara immediately.

Natural Beauty Products – Up to 6 Months
Any beauty product that's listed as "all natural" should be discarded after six months, once opened as they are formulated without preservatives, these items tend to break down and spoil faster. Remember, even "all natural" can wreak havoc on your skin if used past the expiration date.

Foundation/Concealer – 6 to 12 Months
The expiration date for these products depends on how it is applied. For concealer or foundation wands, the date is usually between three and six months. Twist-tubes and bottles last far longer because, potentially, they're less exposed to bacteria. Keep an eye out for any changes in color or scent, and toss at the first sign of change.

Tip: Apply your foundation and concealer with sponges and/or brushes to limit the spread of germs and make them last longer.

Lipstick – 1 Year
You have up to one year to use up your favorite lipsticks and lip-glosses. However, if you've used a lipstick while sick, toss it immediately. If you carry your favorite lip products in your purse, clean the cap area regularly to remove debris and dirt and help your lippie last longer.

Nail Polish – 1 Year
Nail polish seems like it would last forever, but usually within one year, the polish starts to separate and no longer mixes well. It'll also start to smell slightly off. If you want your polish to look great, get rid of the old.

Eye/Lip Pencils – 12 to 18 Months
As long as you sharpen your pencils regularly, they'll last up to 18 months. If you notice the pencil tip changing color, discard it immediately.

Lotion – Up to 2 Years
Face and body lotions should never be used past two years. Odds are, you'll need to toss them sooner unless in an airless pump due to their possible exposure to bacteria. The moment the consistency or smell begins to change, it's time to say goodbye to the lotion.

Pressed or Loose Powders – Up to 2 Years
Powder products tend to last the longest of your beauty products. From pressed facial powders to powder based eye shadows, you can keep using your favorites for up to two years. However, clean your brushes and other applicators at least once a week to prevent the spread of bacteria.

As a rule of thumb, if your beauty products suddenly have a strange odor or change color or consistency, toss it! If you carefully store and clean you beauty products, you should be able stretch a few extra months out of them. To keep your arsenal up to date, make a plan to sort your supplies twice a year, trashing any questionable products.

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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