In the past, I was terrible at throwing out makeup and skincare products, letting my bathroom grow cluttered as I took in more products but did not get rid of anything.
Hoard much? Why yes I do but only beauty products. And shoes. And clothes.
It wasn’t until I thought I was developing glaucoma thanks to cloudy eyes due to old mascara, that I starting considering the possibility that my makeup was old! I realized that I had mascara from years ago that I kept in rotation.
If you use natural, organic, clean, and/or non-toxic products, especially skincare, you will notice the smell is off and oils will give off a pungent scent alerting you that it’s rancid. Conventional products typically have lots of preservatives in them, you won’t know when a product is past its prime.
Here’s the run-down of when to toss your makeup:
Mascara: 3-6 months
Eyeshadow: 18 months
Eyeliner: Pencil can last one year, liquid lasts six months.
Foundation: Liquid lasts for about six months, powder lasts two years.
Blusher/Bronzer: Up to 2 years
Lipgloss, Lip Liner and Lipstick: 2 years but you will know if it’s gone bad by the smell and texture.
Nail Polish: 1-2 years
If you want to read more, check out this article here. Take a look at CheckFresh to see when products are expired- note they do not list organic brands. And if you want to download an app for your smart phone, try this one.