Still using the same eyeshadow palette since high school? Well, if you needed an excuse to buy more makeup, this is it. Aside from your products losing their efficacy, if you don’t pay attention to beauty product expiration dates you run the risk of skin irritations, dermatitis, allergic reactions and infection.
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If you can’t bear the thought of parting with those palettes that you’ve been holding onto for years, there might still be hope. Here’s everything you need to know about beauty product expiration dates – including which ones you really need to follow.
How to tell when your beauty products are expired
Most of your beauty products will expire eventually, but how soon depends on factors such as preservatives, ingredients, antioxidants, packaging and where you store your products. And if you love natural beauty products, you need to be extra cautious as they expire far quicker than other products due to the lack of preservatives. Firstly, you can check the expiry date by looking for either the pot logo with how many months until it expires on it, or look for the exact month and year printed on the packaging (it looks similar to the one you would find on grocery products).
No date, no problem
But what if your product doesn’t have an expiry date on it? Some products won’t have expiry dates on them depending on where they were manufactured. If you can’t find a label, here’s a general guide:
Toss 2 years after opening
- All powder products
Toss 12 months after opening
- Lip gloss
Toss 6 months after opening
Toss 3 months after opening
- Liquid eyeliner
If you’re still unsure, toss any unopened products after three years and any opened products after six months.
Colour, consistency and smell
You can also test your products to see if they’re expired by looking for the three major giveaways: Colour, consistency and smell. The first thing to look for is changes in the colour of the product For example, perfume tends to go quite yellow once it’s expired. Next, check for changes in its consistency. You should be able to notice that the formula has started to separate or gone gluggy. These signs are not good. Lastly, the biggest indicator is smell. A quick whiff of an expired product is a dead giveaway as it will smell toxic or rancid.
How long have you been holding on to your oldest beauty product?