Cosmetics & Toiletries Expiry Guide!

cosmeticsexpiry-guide

Ladies I understand it can be difficult to get rid of your favorite eye shadow palates, but it’s crucial to check your cosmetics and toiletries for signs of degradation. While nothing too harmful can come from using expired products, some may lose efficacy, some may cause minor irritations and some will become downright unappealing and not look, smell or act as initially intended.

For that reason, taking stock of your items once or twice annually can help true up your personal inventory and keep things uncluttered in your bathroom. When you do get a new item, consider using a permanent marker to write the purchase date on the product, that way you know when you bought it and roughly when to get rid of it.

Cosmetics Expiry Guide

Mascara: Change every 3 months, or after you have an eye infection

Eye-liner, liquid: Can last up to a year, or replace after you have an eye infection

Eye-liner potted: Can last up to 18 months, use a clean spatula to scoop a small amount onto a separate palate for use

Eye and brow pencils: Can last up from one to three years, depending on the quality (test it for performance), sharpen before each use to avoid eye infections

Eye-shadow, liquid: Can last for a year

Eye-shadow, powder: Can last up from two to three years, depending on the quality (test it for performance)

Lipstick: Can last up from two to three years, depending on the quality (test it for performance)

Lip gloss: Can last up from two to three years, depending on the quality (test it for performance)

Lip pencils: Can last up from two to three years, depending on the quality (test it for performance)

Lip balm: Can last up to 5 years

Blush, cream: Can last for one year

Blush, powder: Can last up from two to three years, depending on the quality (test it for performance)

Bronzer: Can last up from two to three years, depending on the quality (test it for performance)

Foundation, moisturizing: Can last for 18 months

Foundation, oil-free: Can last for a year

Concealer, stick: Can last for two years

Concealer, powder: Can last for two years

Concealer, liquid: Can last one to two years, depending on the quality (test it for performance)

Face powder: Can last for two years

Perfume: Can last for up to two years, store in a cool and dark place

Nail polish: Can last up from one to two years, depending on the quality (test it for performance). If you shake the bottle and the formula won’t mix up, the polish is garbage.

Nail polish remover: does not expire

Cleanser: Can last for two years

Moisturizer: Can last for 2 years (if in a pump) or one year (if in a jar), if product contains SPF, check for expiration date on package

Face cream: 6 – 12 months (6-9 months for products in a jar)

Eye cream: 6 – 12 months (6-9 months for products in a jar) once opened

Sunscreen: One year, this is federally regulated

Anti-acne products: Products containing Benzoyl peroxide will only be effective for 3 months, other products can last up to a year, however, products with retinol, glycolic acid, and vitamin C break down quicker.

Anti-aging products: 6 months to a year, again, depending on ingredients (products with retinol, glycolic acid, and vitamin C break down quicker)

Shampoo: Can last for one to two years if the bottle is opened, or up to three years if unopened

Conditioner: Can last for one to two years if the bottle is opened, or up to three years if unopened

Hair styling products: Can last for one to five years, products containing alcohol tend to last longer

Deodorant: Can last for three years

Antiperspirant: Can last for three years, check package for expiration date

Shaving cream: Can last for two years

Toothpaste: Can last two years, always check the expiration date, since the product contains fluoride

Mouthwash: Can last for three years, bottle should contain an expiration date

Soap, bar: Can last for three years

Soap, liquid: Can last for 3 years

Body wash: Can last for 3 years

Body lotion: Can last for 3 years

Rubbing alcohol: Can last three to five years

Tooth whitening strips: Package will contain expiration date

Body bleach cream: Can last for six months if opened, and up to two years unopened

Depilatory cream: Can last for six months if opened, and up to two years unopened

 

 

 

 

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