Now that 2013 has arrived, it’s time to clean out your beauty drawer. Normally I’d try to reel you in with a charming anecdote and a bit of a chuckle, but seriously, old makeup is gross, so I’m going to get straight to the point: That mascara you’ve been harbouring for over a year now? It’s festering with bacteria and you need to throw it out.
Makeup, like food, has an expiration date. The second something in our fridge starts to look or smell funky, we dispose of it. However, because of all the preservatives in our beauty products, it’s not as obvious when it’s time to relocate them to the ol’ cylindrical filing cabinet.
Not convinced? Well, according to Today Health, the moment the seal is broken on a new product bacteria will begin to grow. If you leave it for too long, it can cause burning sensations, skin redness, blistering, swelling, conjunctivitis and even hair loss. That’s a lot of trouble for an eye shadow you aren’t ready to bin because “coral might come back in again!”
To break it down for you, here is exactly how long your beauty products will last. You’re welcome.
Lipstick and Lip Liner
Oil Free Foundation
Liquid or Gel Eyeliner
Powered Blush, Bronzer and Eye Shadow
If you want to increase the longevity of your products, BellaSugar advises you avoid sharing your makeup (germs, you guys!), regularly clean your makeup brushes, ensure the lids and caps are on properly when not in use, and store your makeup in a cool, dry place (yep, that means avoiding the bathroom).