Like food, makeup has an expiration date, and over time cosmetics can harbor harmful bacteria that can lead to infections. The risks are multiplied when these products are shared among friends
Here is a guideline to help you determine when it’s time to toss out old makeup:
Creamy Foundation: 6 -12 months
Powder Foundation: 12 – 18 months
Pressed powder: 12 months
Concealer: 6 months (Wand applicator), 12 months (Stick, twist-up tubes, or compact concealers)
Lip gloss and lipstick: 1 year
Mascara: 3 – 6 months. Toss it immediately if it becomes dry, or you develop an eye infection. Never, ever share mascara!
Eye and lip pencils: 6 – 12 months. Toss when it become dry, crumbly, and hard to apply.
All-natural cosmetics: Because these products do not contain preservatives, they should be used or discarded within 6 months.
Nail Polish: 12 – 24 months
Makeup sponges: Replace weekly, or when sponge becomes soiled
Makeup brushes: Clean weekly using a mild detergent
Shampoo and Conditioner: 2 – 3 yearsHere are some more tips that will help you make the most of your makeup:
1. Don’t ever share cosmetics,
2. Don’t put your fingers into the product. Use the applicator provided, or a makeup sponge.
3. Keep containers tightly closed, and store them in a cool, dry place.
4. Don’t use water or saliva to ease the application of a product. Doing so introduces bacteria into the product, which can cause a host of problems.
5. Immediately toss the product out if there is a change of color, texture, or consistency; if the ingredients settle or separate; or if an odor develops.