Did you know that makeup and beauty products can go bad? That’s right! Just like food, our makeup  can spoil. Unlike food, cosmetics don’t have a printed expiration date, but what they DO have is a symbol that tells you how long its good for once opened. Inside the symbol is a number, and that number represents the number of months it is good for after being opened.

So, why is this important? Sure, if we eat a mouldy blueberry we might spend the night over the toilet, but is expired makeup REALLY going to harm us?

The answer is yes. It could. You see, your skin is your largest organ, and what you put on your skin will be absorbed into your body. This is why I highly recommend all beauty and skincare products that are organic, food grade, and paraben free. Yes, I said food grade. Your skin ‘eats’ what you put on it.  And, lets not forget that eye makeup and lip makeup are applied very closely to open orifices of our body, which means direct access to your bloodstream.

Some basic guidelines are to toss mascara and liquid/gel eye liner every 3 months. If we don’t, we run the risk of contracting some pretty gnarly eye infections, and no amount of concealer is going to hide your swollen, puss-filled eye. (Sorry for the visual.) What about lipstick? You’ll want to toss your cherry red out after one year! The good news is that every product should have the expiration symbol on the box in which it came, so there’s very little to do on your part.

But, how are we to keep track of the dates we opened various products? I have 3 mascaras, 2 eyeliners, 4 blushes, and at least 15 lipsticks for God’s sake. Worry not, there’s actually a pretty simple remedy for this. Assign a notepad in your phone to document which product you opened and when. Then, in your calendar, set an alert for when it’s time to swap it out!

I know what you’re probably thinking. You spend a lot of your hard earned money on high-quality products, and it bums you out to have to throw them  away. I get you, sister, but your health matters more, and there are amazing products out there that are animal-friendly, safe for your body, and safe for the environment too. I personally use 100% Pure, which uses the highest quality food grade ingredients, and they won’t break the bank! You could actually eat this stuff (you know, in the event of a zombie apocalypse.)

Here is a little guideline to help you get rid of expired products!


Acne pad
Nail File
Face Masks & face peels


Face serum
Face wash
Eye cream
Liquid foundation
Acne cream

1- 1 1/2 YEARS

Face cream
Lip gloss
Shower gel
Bar Soap


Nail polish
Body scrub
Body lotion (jar)
Lip pencil
Eye pencil
Powder foundation


Body lotion (pump)

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