Tell us honestly: Have you, at least once, continued to use makeup that’s way past its expiration date? We don’t blame you if you have; in fact, some of us are just as guilty.
Take foundations, for example — sometimes we don’t even get to finish the full bottle or pan. We then altogether ignore the telltale signs of expiration and hang on to it even though it’s over its shelf life. This, of course, takes a toll on our skin.
This is unhygienic, to say the least; just like your home, your makeup kit needs regular spring cleaning!
Today, we quickly go through the risks of expired makeup, its effect on your overall skin health, and what we can do to keep things sanitized so our makeup doesn’t go off ahead of its original expiration date.
RISKS OF EXPIRED MAKEUP
When makeup expires, its original composition is altered; ingredients break down and are no longer as effective as they once claimed to be. Expired makeup cultivates bacteria, which can cause skin inflammation (manifesting through redness or rashes) or trigger acne, bumps, and swelling… You’d be lucky to avoid a skin infection!
All it takes to avoid a nasty skin dilemma: Do a quick audit of your makeup and check if expiration dates are indicated! If you can’t find expiry information, the general rules when it comes to shelf life are:
SIGNS OF EXPIRED MAKEUP
If your makeup doesn’t indicate an expiration date and you’ve forgotten how long you’ve had it, don’t panic just yet. Here are some telltale signs to know if you should stop using these products:
BEAUTY & SANITATION
Your skin’s health is greatly affected not only by your skincare regimen, but also by the tools and makeup that you use. We can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure that whatever you apply on your face is in good condition and well within its shelf life period.
One tip is to store products and tools in a cool, dry place where bacteria is less likely to breed. Also, as much as possible, avoid using your fingers to apply makeup! This is where brushes and hypoallergenic makeup sponges come in — using clean tools instead of your fingers helps prevent product contamination. We recommend spot-cleaning before and after use with an instant-dry antibacterial brush cleaner to remove oil, old makeup residue, and dead skin.
Along with all these precautions, it’s important to make sure you keep your face clean and clear after wearing makeup. We like cleansing off makeup at the end of the day with the Take It Easy Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover, which helps rejuvenate and ready skin for our usual soothing end-of-day wash and skincare routine.
The bottom line: When makeup doesn’t seem to have the same appearance and texture as when you first bought it, its time is probably up. So rummage through that kit and toss what needs to go — it’s always better to be safe than sorry!