I am re-posting this entry which I've read in yahoo as a reminder for myself and for the rest who uses beauty products whether they are make-ups, beauty creams or even perfume have expirations! Everything has their shelf life and even as frugal as we want to be- better learn to throw away those expired products when needed. As they say, your skin will thank you for it.
As a general rule the drier the formula of the makeup (powder, pencils), the longer its shelf life. Conversely, the more cream- or liquid-based it is, the quicker it is to spoil. Here is the average amount of time your cosmetics should stay on your vanity table or your makeup kit:
Mascara and liquid eye liner: half a year
Creamy lipsticks, lip colors in pots, lip-gloss: 2 years
Pencils for eyes, eyebrows, and lips: 3 years
Powder-based products like loose powder, pressed powder, blusher, and eye shadow: 2 years
Liquid and cream products like cream foundation, mousse products (like primer and foundation), gel-based items like blush and eye liner, liquid liner, highlighter): 1 year
Body lotion and shower gel: 3 years
Anti-aging cream: 3 months to 1 year.
If you don't remember when you bought the beauty product, that's a pretty good indication of a purchase made long ago. To determine if your beauty goodies need to be tossed, do any (or all) of the S-tests:
1. Smell it. Does it still smell the same way it did when you first got it? If you don't remember, then at least determine if it smells good or bad. If it smells sour or has a pungent odor, bid it goodbye.
2. Scrape it. Really old powder-based products develop a fine film on its surface, making it even more dry. If this is the case, then it's time you throw it away.
3. Study its texture. If it's cracked and has a different shade than when you first bought it, or its color has changed, chuck it.
that's it! hope this helps!
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