Do you have an overflowing makeup bin? Chances are pretty good that you answered yes to this question. Most of the women do not like to part with their old favorite lipstick or eye shadow and hold onto it even if they have bought dozens of new shades since then. It just sits there in the makeup stash for years among other hardly used cosmetics . Although it maybe fun to have endless choices, keeping old makeup and using it even occasionally is not good at all for your skin (and health). It’s important to get rid of old and expired makeup that is not only ineffective but can also cause infection/irritation on your skin. Read on to find out when and why you should toss your commonly used cosmetics.
Skincare products : These products should be replaced regularly because they are applied close to your eyes and mouth area. In general, the more water content a product has, the more easily/quickly it harbors bacteria. Therefore, powders last longer than cream-based products. Bacteria and fungus also grow rapidly in products with high dose of natural ingredients like plant extracts even with the best possible preservatives. Cosmetics in jar packaging are particularly more prone to get contaminated fast and deteriorate in quality since their ‘good’ ingredients (eg antioxidants) lose their efficacy because of being frequently exposed to air and outside environment . So, the recommended time for plant extract containing products is about 6 months to a year max.
Liquid foundation : Foundation in pump is not constantly exposed to bacteria on your hands or on a brush so it’s less susceptible to get contaminated. In general, cream and liquid makeup should be replaced every 6 to12 months.
Concealer : 6 – 9 months is a good time to replace the concealer for your eyes.
Pressed powder : About 18 months to 2 years.
Powder eyeshadow and blush : They can be used for almost a year because of the powder consistency. Cream shadows and blushes last for about 6 months.
Mascara : Toss it after 3 to 4 months since the eye area can get infected very easily. Never try to ‘pump’ your mascara or dilute it after it has dried out. Adding water to any cosmetic introduces bacteria in the product which can harm your skin.
Lipstick and lip gloss : Dump it after about a year since the oils and waxes in your lip color tend to deteriorate after a while.
Eye and lip pencils : They can be good to use for about a year but regular sharpening is a must to get rid of accumulated bacteria on surface. Liquid eyeliners should be discarded in about 4-6 months depending on the frequency of usage.
Makeup brushes : These makeup tools can last for a very long time if you are diligent about cleaning them frequently. It’s a good idea to wash them once or twice in a month depending on the usage.
Hair care products : Since they do not contain any plant-derived ingredients, they can last very long say 2-3 years or even more. The hair-styling products have even longer shelf-life.
While makeup products should not be kept and used around for too long, sharing your makeup is also not good because it makes bacteria accumulate even quicker. Do not share your lipstick/lip gloss, eye liner or mascara with anybody to avoid the increased chances of contamination. If you notice any changes in color, odor or texture in a cosmetic, simply throw it away.
(This article originally appeared on BeautyTidbits)