Using expired makeup can lead to problems such as skin irritation, eye infections, pink eye, staph infection, fungi infections, clogged pores, acne breakouts, and can even cause you to lose eyelashes.
The effects of expired makeup may not be worth the risk.
There's a fine line between a makeup "collection" and clutter. We know how easy it is for products to stock up—a new lip gloss here, a new mascara there. Before you know it, you've built up a small landfill inside your makeup bag.
We all have our beauty besties. Whether it's a love connection with brushes or a match made in heaven with mascara, saying goodbye is never easy. But it's essential—especially when we're talking about spoilage, expiration dates, or skin infections.
It is very important to declutter your makeup collection from time to time if you want to stay safe when using it.
What happens to your skin when you use expired makeup?
Now here's the real danger. All of the molecules in these products can break down into something else, and you can react to it, which could lead to inflammation. And contact dermatitis, a broad term for inflammation of the skin, can, in turn, lead to redness, bumps, a rash, or even blisters and swelling of the skin. Um, that doesn't sound good, does it?
Your expired makeup can also start to harbor bacteria. When it comes to your skin, this can mean irritation and bumps that look like acne. And when it comes to your eyes, this bacteria buildup can cause infections and pink eye. As for lipstick, using an expired one can cause swelling. So, as a general rule, you should replace your mascara every three months, eyeliner and eye shadow every six to 12 months, and lipstick every one and a half years. Meanwhile, the average expiration date for foundation, powder, and other facial makeup is 12 months.
While it may be challenging to toss, old makeup can serve as a breeding ground for germs. Ready to be more disgusted?
Yes, makeup DOES expire!
Beyond the blatant signs of expiration—dried mascara and crumbling eyeshadow— it can be tough to tell when makeup has met its end. Surprisingly, U.S. labeling regulations don't mandate an expiration date on most cosmetics, making it that much trickier to determine its lifespan. Regardless of whether they’re brand new or on their last life, beauty products do go bad. Even worse, they can cause skin—and health—problems if not disposed of at the proper time.
TIP: Each time I start a new product I put a sticker on the bottom of the pot or on the back of the tube, and I write down the date I started using it. So next time I will declutter my make up collection it will be easier to remember when I first open it.
Liquid foundation generally lasts for twelve months, while mascara and eyeliner only stretch for three. Lip products will typically go for around two years but can begin deteriorating earlier if used frequently. Compacts, since it's a "solid," will generally last for two years or more if stored properly but be aware that effectiveness and pigmentation will fade over time.
That's why you'll need to chuck your mascara every three months or face risks from contamination with bacteria and cold viruses. "Anything moist that's touching wet parts of the body—eyes, lips, open skin—lasts a shorter period,"
Re-up your eye cream every three months.
Once you open a jar of any cosmetic product, the active ingredients are exposed to air and begin to break down. You're also inviting contamination with every dip of your finger, which is probably not sterile even if you just washed it. Expect to switch out your eye cream every three months—unless it comes in a pump.
Kiss lip balm goodbye every six months to a year.
Lip balm lovers must be cautious to part with their lip treatments every six months to a year, especially if they come in a pot that you dip your finger in (see eye cream).
Slather on that sunscreen for two years.
Sunblock is not something you can take chances on, especially when you're vacationing at the beach, and there's a real possibility of getting fired. Look to a sunscreen's expiration date for guidance, or figure you'll need to toss it two years after opening. But don't abandon common sense. If a formula looks, smells, or feels different than when it was initially purchased, dump it.
Give your eyelash curler two to three years.
It's a good idea to consider replacing an eyelash curler every two to three years, according to Aimi. And if the rubber part starts to crack or look old, replace that part sooner. The good news is that they're sold separately. Don't forget to wipe down the curler with rubbing alcohol between uses.
Spritz on perfume for two years.
The longevity of a perfume will depend on how you care for it over time. Keep the bottle out of heat, humidity, and sunlight, and don't shake it, because that causes a chemical breakdown that can alter the scent quickly. Expect to enjoy a fragrance for about two to three years, and trash it sooner if the color changes or if it starts to smell a tad like vinegar.
Clip and snip for under five years.
Even nail clippers and scissors have a shelf life—and it's two to four years. Of course, the lifespan of these beauty necessities depends on their quality and how often you use them. Don't use tweezers, clippers or scissors if they're nicked, dented, misshapen, misaligned, or rusted.
Brush on forever.
Go ahead and invest in your makeup brushes because they'll last decades, as long as you clean them regularly. With proper cleansing, drying flat versus standing up, and maintaining dry brush handles, brushes can last up to 20 years.
Clean your blush brush, eye shadow brush, and eyebrow brush twice a month, and your lip brush once a week. All brushes can be deep cleansed.
Turn over your toothbrush every three months.
To keep up with your dental hygiene, you need your toothbrush to be in good working order. When bristles are not standing straight anymore, they don't clean as well, so you should throw it out.
Let go of your loofah every few weeks.
One potential hotbed of bacteria is the loofah you use in the shower, which collects your dead skin cells and redeposits them—dirt, grime, and all—right back onto your body the next time you use it. Be prepared to replace that body sponge every few weeks, or sooner if it smells or changes color. Or skip the loofah entirely and just apply a cleanser using your fingers.
Some informations come from @thehealthy.com