Cosmetic companies are not required to put expiration dates on beauty products although some brands do list them, most don’t. Using expired makeup can lead to serious skin irritation, breakouts, and infection. So when is it time to let go of make up?
- False eyelashes – Toss false eyelashes after every 3rd use
- Hairspray - Toss after two years
- Make up Brushes – If cared for properly, they can last forever
- Lipstick- Keep it for up to 2 years maybe more
- Foundation- Toss it after 6 months to 1 year
- Sunscreen - Toss it in 6 months to 1 year
- Lip Liner Pencil – Keep it for up to 3 years if sharpened regularly
- Eye Liner Pencil – Keep if for up to 3 years if sharpened regularly
- Moisturizers and creams - 1 year
- Disposable Make up sponges – Toss after 1 month
- Mascara – Toss after 3-4 months
- Eyeshadow – Powder, Keep up to 3 years / Cream, Toss after 6 months
- Powders – Keep up to 2 years
- Concealers – Keep to 12 months
- Nail Polish – Toss at 18 months
- Perfume – Leave that one up to your noise
(Note: These are standards that may differ depending on the quality, storage and ingredients of the products)
These are some things we can do to help us remember when to toss our bad cosmetics:
- Use a Sharpie type marker and write the date you bought the item on it’s container or box.
- Keep a small notebook in your cosmetic drawer or medicine cabinet and note the dates of purchase there.
- Use your nose and treat your cosmetics like you treat the food in your refrigerator, If it doesn't smell right, toss it!
- Don’t share your make up items with anyone!
Annie Hatcher of It's a Glam Thing presented a segment titled "Pitch It or Keep It" on Studio 10 Tampa, St. Petersburg. View the video to learn more about when it is time to pitch or keep your make up.