Did You Just Use An Expired Lipstick? Pretty Not!

Written by Reshmi AR • 

Love dressing up? Can’t go a day without putting on makeup? Then, this article is just for you.

Before we begin the article, let’s ask you a few simple questions.

  1. Are lipstick, eyeliner, and kajal must-haves in your purse when you step out?
  2. Is your lipstick as old as you, yet you don’t want to part with it because a) Nothing suits your skin tone like this color does, and b) The brand has discontinued the shade (Alas, what a pity!)?

If you answered in the affirmative to at least one of the above questions, you better pay attention to what we are going to tell you.

When it comes to clothes, accessories, and cosmetics, women have their favorites. While it’s understandable that you don’t want to let go of that little black dress with the hope that you will fit into it someday – cosmetics, really?

A study conducted by a cosmetic company found that over 85% of women stack up their old makeup. Not surprising at all, isn’t it? Given the fact that they shelled out big bucks for the products.

Would you eat stale food? Then, how could you even think of exposing your skin to something that’s outdated? We are so particular about what we eat that we always check the expiry date of the product. But have you ever checked the same for your cosmetics? If you answered ‘No’, it’s a shame. Ladies, be warned! Using expired products can wreak havoc on your skin.

If you haven’t thrown out your cosmetics in a while, it’s time do so. Here’s why you need to do it NOW.

Why You Must Not Hold On To Old Makeup Products

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Like any product, makeup too has its lifetime. When you hoard up makeup for too long, it could lead to reformulation and bacteria build-up. Moreover, the efficiency of the ingredients in the product is compromised too. Say, you have been using an expired sunblock cream – it may not work anymore. Risk using the same on your face, and be prepared to deal with skin breakouts. The worst thing is when your skin reacts to the changed product. This could lead to inflammation, allergies, and unnecessary skin damage. Always use a fresh product if you want to protect your skin.

You must have noticed that while some products clearly mention the expiry date, others don’t. So how do you figure out if they are good enough to be used?

Well, there’s a way. Keep this checklist with you for some of the makeup products you use every day. We are sure it will come handy. Keep your dustbin ready as you are soon going to throw away half of your cosmetic collection. Wanna bet?

  • Powders

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Powders can be used till 18 months. You can use powder-based products for 2 years unless you notice a discoloration in the product.

  • Liquid Foundation

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A foundation is usable for about 2 years if it is stored in a cool, dry place.

A word of caution: Those with pimple-prone skin must avoid using their fingers to apply the foundation. Always use a brush or a sponge.

  • Liquid Eyeliner And Mascara

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Eyes are the windows to the soul, so you better keep them in good shape. And we are sure you will agree that they are the most vital and sensitive organs in the human body. While you can use an eyeliner for up to 12 months, mascara needs to go off your shelves post 6 months.

  • Lipstick

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When you apply a shade of color to your lips, you up your makeup game. You could safely use your lipstick for a year.

  • Brow Pencil

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Nothing like shaping your eyebrows. It makes your eyes look more attractive. This is one of those basic makeup equipment most of us would have, perhaps regularly used too. You can safely use your brow pencil for a year.

  • Concealer

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A savior for all those with acne-prone skin. This product helps hide those ugly marks left by pimples. A great way to conceal your dark circles under the eyes too. The shelf life of a concealer is 12 months.

The infographic below should give you a clear idea on how long you can hold on to your cosmetics.


How To Care For Your Cosmetics

Girls, here are a few pointers to ensure your makeup is safe for use:

  • Any makeup that doesn’t have a lid or is exposed must be discarded immediately and never be reused.
  • Make sure you wash your makeup brushes at least once a week.
  • To avoid beauty products from drying out, keep them tightly closed.
  • Exposing your makeup products to extreme temperatures can alter their consistency and also change their formulation.
  • Submerging a brush in water can peel off the glue, and soon, the bristles will fall off.
  • Drying your brush on towels may attract fungi.
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Look, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out if your product is outdated. A simple logic could do the trick for you. Check for these simple signs to know:

  • Is your nail paint separating?
  • Does your gloss feel sticky?
  • Does your lipstick smell weird?

These are clear indications that it’s time to bid adieu to your makeup products.

Every cosmetic product has a life of its own. However, you cannot rule out the harm caused by external factors like pollution, temperature, etc., which actually decide the shelf life of products. So, it helps to stock them in a safe environment, unexposed to these influences.

Have you ever used a makeup product way past its expiry? What were the repercussions? Share your experiences with us in the comments section below.

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