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Shelf Life of Common Cosmetic Products

Cosmetics play a big part in enhancing your facial attributes.  You can accentuate your eyes by using an eye shadow, make your jaw line more chiseled or contoured by using a contour stick or powder, or make the lips appear plumper than usual by using certain colors of lipsticks or lip gloss. Most of the time we buy and just store them in drawers for years. But did you know that cosmetics do not have a set expiration date, but instead they have a shelf life? Using poor quality cosmetics or cosmetics that have gone bad may cause irritation, redness, or bacterial infection.

Here are some general guidelines for how long to keep common cosmetics:

TYPE OF COSMETIC PRODUCT

SHELF LIFE

Mascara

3 to 6 months

Eyeshadow

1 to 2 years

Foundation

1 to 2 years

Blush / Contour Powder or Bronzer

1 to 2 years

Lipstick

1 to 2 years

Eyeliner

1 to 2 years

 

It is important to note that these are just general guidelines. The actual shelf life of a cosmetic product maybe shorter or longer depending on the specific product and how it is stored.

When is the best time to throw them out?

There are a few signs that indicate that a cosmetic product has gone bad. These include:

  • Change in color, texture, or smell
  • Product that has separated or become lumpy
  • The product is difficult to apply or does not go on smoothly
  • The product causes irritation or redness
If you notice any of these signs, it is best to throw them out.

 

Tips to extend the shelf life of your cosmetics

  • Store in a cool dry place
  • Avoid exposing cosmetics to direct sunlight or heat
  • Keep cosmetics tightly closed when not in use
  • Do not share cosmetics with others
  • Wash your hands before applying cosmetics

By following these tips, you can help to extend the shelf life of your cosmetics and keep them looking and performing their best.