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Expired Products: 4-3-22 Tip of the Day

What’s that shelf-life looking like, beauties?







When’s the last time you checked the expiration date on your skincare and cosmetics? All products have an expiration date. If it’s all natural, it will definitely expire at some point. Take a moment and go through your products to see what needs to be tossed.

Using expired products could lead to redness or irritation. Bacteria can multiply quickly and cause infections or breakouts. Fyi, adding water to products like mascara and moisturizer to “stretch them out” isn’t the best idea. Adding water increases the ability for mold and mildew to grow.


Most expiration dates are somewhere on the product container or outer packaging. It could be difficult to locate the packaging once something is opened, so the Mayo Clinic suggests using these guidelines if you’re unsure about a specific expiration date:


  • Mascara and liquid eyeliner typically are considered safe to use for three months. Liquid products used near the eye have an increased risk of spreading bacteria.

  • Pencil-style eyeliners, gel eyeliners and lip pencils can be used for up to a year.

  • Water-based foundation typically is good for a year, while oil-based foundation is good for about 18 months.

  • Consider replacing cream-based foundation or blushes every six months to a year.

  • Powder products, if stored properly and free from moisture, are good for up to two years.

  • Lipstick is good for one to two years, and lip gloss can be used for six months to 1 year.


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