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Friday, 09 October 2015 17:01

Has Your Makeup Expired? PART 1

Written by  Cheryl Mah
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Find out if your cosmetic products have gone past their prime

Time to confess – do any of you regularly check your makeup and throw away the expired ones? Like a lot of other things, cosmetics have a shelf life and do not last forever. We go through so many types of beauty products so often that few of us bother to spend time checking their expiry dates and tossing them out when necessary.

While some cosmetics simply lose their effectiveness or smell a bit “off” when they’re past their prime, they can still be unhealthy to use due to the buildup of bacteria. As such, applying expired makeup can cause you to suffer from irritation, pigmentation, swelling and infection – among other damages.

How do I find out the expiry date of my cosmetics?

Some products may have their manufacture dates printed on the packaging, unfortunately, most cosmetics do not print the expiry date on their products. However, you can make use of online cosmetic calculators to find it (try checkcosmetic.net or checkfresh.com). You need to find a lot or batch code that is printed on the product (usually at the bottom), pick the cosmetic brand, type the code in and you’ll be able to find out its manufacture date and determine its expiry date.

Lot or batch codes are usually printed at the bottom of beauty products.

Each beauty product has a general shelf life. Some products carry codes like “12M” or “36M” and this usually indicates the shelf life of the product is “12 months” or “36 months”. The following is a general guideline to the shelf life of common beauty products (from the least to the most):
Mascara – 3 to 6 months
Liquid Eyeliner – Up to 6 months
Liquid foundation & concealer – 6 to 12 months
Cream eyeshadow/blush – 6 to 12 months
Lipstick/lip balm – Up to 1 year
Facial cleanser – Up to 1 year
Moisturiser & cream – 1 to 2 years
Eyeliner Pencil – 2 to 3 years
Powder eyeshadow/blush – 2 to 3 years

An indication of the shelf life of the product.

Want to know more? Part 2 of this article will explain the physical signs of expired makeup and provide tips on how you can prolong the shelf life of your makeup…. Till then, remember to watch this space!


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