Okay first, I have a confession… I still have nail polish that I bought in high school. Don’t judge me. With that said, there are products that I always stick to the expiration timeline on. With Spring upon us, I thought it would be a good time to share a post on a quick list of when certain products need to be tossed!
I’m by no means an expiration date expert but with some research and tips from my dermatologist I think I am happy with the timeline I follow for most of my products! The FDA doesn’t regulate or require that cosmetic companies or OTC skincare items place an expiration date on products, it’s up to the brand individually. Some brands are great about it, and you will see a PAO (Period After Opening) label on the back, those little containers in the above graphic with how many months it is good for after opening or they will even print a date on the product for you. However, this isn’t the case with all products. So it’s good to have a guideline! A good idea to keep all your products straight and when they need to be tossed, is to buy little stickers from an office supply store and just put the date you opened it on the container, so you can be sure to toss it when needed!!
A Few Things To Keep In Mind…
**Mascara & Liquid Eyeliner is one I always stick to no matter what! 3 months & they’re out the door!
(I’m battling pink eye right now, so take my word for it get rid of them, yuck!)
**Most skincare items are quick to breed bacteria so I usually stick by the 6M rule .
(I use most of them twice a day anyway so they rarely last 6Ms)
**Keep your makeup in a cool place to avoid bacteria build up.
(I also suggest not keeping it in the bathroom because more bacteria hangs out in there)
**I probably don’t have to tell you this, but anytime a product changes color or texture, toss it!!
**Liquid foundation can also be a breeding ground for bacteria, don’t stick your fingers directly in the jar && try to keep it in a cool place.
**Usually eye shadows, blush, bronzers & any powders have a long shelf life… Be sure to clean your brushes or sponges that you’re applying them with for a longer life.
**I can’t stress this one enough, replace your loofah FREQUENTLY! The usual rule of thumb is 3 months but I change mine out every month, I just buy it at the dollar store.
**Body lotions have a long shelf life as well once opened! Tell tale sign it’s gone bad? Change in the color, scent or texture.
**Nail Polish Tricks to make polish last longer, grab a thinner, store them in the fridge, do a monthly shake of your bottle to keep the separation at bay!!
**Organic and All Natural products, consult the company because as these products tend not to have preservatives they also tend to have a shorter shelf life once opened!