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Friday, 16 October 2015 13:25

Has Your Makeup Expired? PART 2

Written by  Cheryl Mah
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Learn the physical signs of expired makeup & discover how to prolong their shelf life

Part 1 of our article shared with you the importance of checking your cosmetics regularly to ensure they haven’t expired. We also showed you how to find out the manufacture date of beauty products so you can determine their expiry date.

Nonetheless, if trying to determine the expiry date of your cosmetics is too much of a hassle for you, the next best way is to look out for physical signs of expiry and throw the spoilt ones out. Taking care of your makeup products can go a long way in maintaining or even prolonging their shelf life too (and save you more money) – so read on!

What are the signs of expired makeup?
Not sure if it’s time to toss out your makeup? Here are some physical clues to common products:

Liquid Foundation - The colour has turned lighter, liquid has separated out into layers or it has curdled. It may also emit a “waxy” sort of odour.

Mascara - Turned clumpy and smells weird.

Powder-Based Makeup (Eyeshadow, Blusher etc) – Hard, compacted and/or flaky.

Lipstick – Gives off a strong and waxy smell.


How do I prolong the shelf life of my cosmetics?
While it is not likely that you can extend the use of beauty products way past their expiry date, you can prevent them from spoiling earlier. Take note of these ways:

Retain the original packaging
As much as possible, keep your beauty products in their original packaging as they were designed to protect them that way.

Prevent the spread of bacteria
Wash your brushes and sponges regularly to prevent bacteria from transferring to your makeup, and make sure you throw away any makeup that has been used while you had any facial sores or infections. Additionally, do not share any brushes or sponges.

Keep out of sunlight
Always keep your cosmetic products in cool places and avoid leaving them in sunlight.

Nice & tight
Once you are done using the product, remember to replace its lid firmly and tightly to avoid unnecessary exposure to air.

Missed out on the earlier part of the article? 
Click here to read part 1!

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