Expiration date on my beauty products? Not something that everyone thinks about, but eventually they all expire. Using expired products won’t make you sick, but it can cause break outs, irritation, or they just won’t work.
Most products put the expiration date on the bottle. When it comes sealed, the product expires 6 months or 12 months after opening. Here is my Fresh Soy Face Cleanser telling me it expires after 6 months (left) and my Kate Somerville Daily Moisturizer telling me it expires after 12 months (right). These labels look like this:
Then we have labels, like my LUSH Mask of Magnaminty, that tells me exactly what date it expires. Oops! I left that one in the closet and forgot about it!
Not just skin care products expire, so does cosmetics. See the label on my YSL Foundation, it too expires after 12 months of opening.
Many products don’t come with any direction on when they expire. Here is a good guide line:
Mascara: 6-8 Weeks
Lipgloss: 1 Year
Lipstick: 2 Years (if it’s dry and sticky, toss it sooner)
Liquid Anything (concealer, foundation, cream blush, etc): 1 Year
Powder Anything (eyeshadow, bronzer, pigment, etc): 2 years
Nail Polish: 2-3 Years
Fragrance: 8-10 Years
If you are switching up your products all the time don’t stick things under the sink or in the closet and forget about them. I call this the “graveyard” because it’s where products go to die. So stop rummaging thru your graveyard and finding old products and slathering them on your face. Most likely the good ingredients have gone bad and they are now filled with germs and bacteria – Yuck! Sorry :(
If you are someone who likes to switch it up all the time, try purchasing a sample or travel size. This will be enough product to last you 1-3 months, then you can get something new. This way you don’t feel like you are wasting your money by throwing products away.
Fresh offers a small size of my favorite cleanser, 1.7 oz for $15.