Like the food in your fridge, the makeup in your bathroom goes bad after a while. Even though a swipe of day-old lipstick doesn’t warrant a trip to the hospital like food poisoning, expired makeup can wreak havoc in its own nasty ways. It’s not compulsory for makeup companies to print expiration dates on their containers, so how do you make sure your makeup bag has a clean bill of health?
Does makeup expire?
If you’re not convinced that updating your makeup bag is that much of a health hazard, you’re not alone. According to a British study some women keep their make-up for up to six years after their expiry date, and 70% of women never clean their makeup brushes. But keeping old products can expose us to harmful toxins and cause serious health problems, which is why we’ve pulled together a very handy and in-depth guide. We’ve also pulled together
When does foundation and concealer expire?
The life of your foundation depends on its ingredients. A water-based product will last up to 12 months, while oil-based foundations will make it to 18 months because oil is a natural preservative. When the oils rise to the top and the consistency thickens, which means that your foundation will create an uneven, streaky and inconsistent finish. You can prevent your foundation from separating by stashing it somewhere cool and regularly shaking the liquid to mix the oils, purified water and make-up particles together. Keep your application tools clean too and avoid touching your foundation as much as possible to keep bacteria at bay.
When does blusher, bronzer and face powder expire?
The recommended time to keep it is 18 months. Powder products don’t contain water, so it’s harder to make bacteria grow. Some advises to look out for the ones with botanical extracts such as aloe, green tea extract and chamomile. that oils will cling to the bristles of your brush and transfer to your product when applying powder over liquid or cream face products, which causes a dull grey film on the product. Noticed a hard rim on your powder? This is due to minerals in your blush mixing with oils from your skin overtime.Always close your compact or twist the lid shut after use to avoid oxidation, which can change the colour of powders. Plus, make sure your brush is always clean before each use to limit the amount of oil that ends up in your powder. Allow to dry and it’s as good as new.
Three months with everyday use and six months with occasional use. Wet environments bacteria, which is why our most-loved beauty product has such a short expiration period. Bacteria also naturally exist on our eyelashes and these germs are transferred from our eyes to our wands and into the mascara tube. In fact, research from two Brazilian university studies found that 79% of mascara samples owned by women are contaminated with staph bacteria. If it smells funky, it’s gone off, but trust us, just toss it after 3 – 6 months. It might be heartbreaking to see your makeup expire, but binning that mascara now is better for you in the long run. Don’t pump the wand, as it pushes air into the tube, causing it to dry out. Instead, draw it out and twist against the tube’s interior to pick up product. If your mascara dries up,revive with a few drops of baby oil.
When does eyeliner expire?
Three months to three years. Liquid eyeliners have the same bacteria-prone formula and packaging as mascaras, whereas pencil eyeliners have greater lasting power because as you sharpen them you remove bacteria that you pick up from using it on your eyes.
When does lipstick and lip gloss expire?
Lipstick doesn’t hold much bacteria, so it can last between 12 – 18 months. Although lipstick and gloss are packed with preservatives such as parabens, essential oils and vitamins to ward off germs, these naturally start to break down after a year.Any beading of moisture, funky smells or chalky texture means it’s time to toss. Store your summer hue in the fridge. Keeping lipstick and gloss away from heat slows the breakdown of ingredients. Also, don’t apply lipstick straight after eating it cultivates bacteria.