Sunday, February 19, 2012

Shelf Life of Makeup Products

How often do we check the expiration date on the makeup products we have locked up in our drawers and bags. Sometimes we hang on to different products ranging from colored pencils to different shades of lipsticks, and we believe at some point that we are going to use these stock someday, but most times we end up never getting to use them. but all the same we keep them just incase.

Makeup products have a period at which you hang on to them for after which they become prone to germs and bacteria and also expire.(Yes I mean expire).... Many ingredients in makeup can become what you call stale or bad and run the risk of being contaminated by mold, yeast, and other organisms which can enter into your pores or touch your skin can cause a host of skin and health problems...(so you are wondering how come this acne isn't going, or why are my lips feeling rough or what the patches on my just might be your makeup that needs to be thrown out..)
  • Your makeup brushes should be washed every 2-3months with warm water and mild shampoo 
  • Foundations have about 12-18months shelf life. 
  • Pencil liners, lip liners have about 2-3 years of useage after which you should consider getting new ones. 
  • Lip Sticks- I would say 1-2 years, others might say 3-4 years, but if it starts to smell bad, then it is bad ok. 
  • Mascara, 3-4 months and for it to last that long, then you might want to stop pumping the wand in and out to avoid dry air from getting in. 
Using expired products can lead to a number of skin issues like:
  • Acne 
  • Skin blemishes and breakouts 
  • Skin discoloration 
  • Rashes 
  • Eye infections and so on...... 
So guys lets try to stay on the healthy side by keeping stock of our makeup products that way we know when it was bought and when we think its time to toss it out.

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