Did you know that when your skin care and makeup products cross their expiry date, they can turn into one of the most potent threats to your overall health?
Once your makeup and your skin care products are over their shelf life, they start becoming breeding grounds for bacteria, yeast, mould, dust and all types of germs and as a lot of these products can seep in through the layers of your skin, the harmful elements can also get in and mix in your blood stream.
This can give rise to a host of skin related issues as well as health problems, if it becomes a consistent affair.
So how can you keep yourself safe from potential hazards that could be lurking in your makeup products?
Most skin care and makeup products that are from an Indian brand will have an expiry date clearly mentioned on them, and the same goes for European brands as well. However, most of the US based brands will not have this information mentioned for their products, as the US FDA law does not make it mandatory to do so.
So what is the best way to know the shelf life of your products?
To be safe, it is best to go by the rule that all makeup and skin care products have a shelf life of 2 years, which is 24 months. But, unless this date is clearly mentioned on the packaging, it is best to toss out your products after 18 months, because it is also possible that the products were already in the store for a few weeks or months before you purchased them.
Try and follow the following rule of use-and-bin when it’s about your skin care and makeup products.
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Use till about 18 months if it is in good condition. Once it starts to look dry or cracks up, toss it.
Foundations or cream based makeup, such as cream blush, cream eye shadow: It is best to use and throw within 6 to 8 months, as cream based products, especially foundation, can start breeding bacteria very fast.
Powder based products
Up to 18 months.
Eyes and the skin around the eye area are the most sensitive, so toss out these products within 3 to 5 months.
Lip, nail and pencil products
The general rule to follow is that, if you notice any change in your makeup or skin care products in terms of the colour, texture, appearnace or smell, or if you notice the water separating or any other layer forming on it, throw it immediately.
DISCLAIMER: While we have taken steps to check the accuracy of information & practices shared here; it is not a replacement for a doctor’s opinion. it is important to first always check with your own doctor before trying any medication, practice or suggestion from this site.