“I’m going to use all of my old makeup before I buy new makeup” – Said no woman, EVER.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll know how easy it is to accumulate beauty products. You may also be aware that all of them have an expiry date, and eventually you’ll have to muster up the courage and say goodbye to them.
Your skin absorbs everything that you put on it, and expired makeup can cause all kinds of problems from inflammation, rashes and severe allergic reactions. It’s just like eating food past it’s expiry date – it may not make you ill, but it’s really not good for you!
I’m sure many people are aware of the rough expiration guidelines; mascara needs to be replaced every 3-6 months, liquids such as eyeliner, foundation, concealer, face and eye cream last for 6 months to a year approximately, etc.
However, I recently made a big discovery. There’s actually a very easy way to find out how long a specific product is good for..
Many cosmetics and beauty products have a Period After Opening (PAO) sign; this tiny symbol is an ‘open jar’ with a number in it, followed by the letter M. This number indicates how many months the product can be safely used for after opening it.
Some products will also have an additional expiry date, such as the eye cream below. This is in this form; ’122014’ which means you should stop using the product after December 2014.
These products shouldn’t be used after the expiry date, regardless of whether you still have some left and haven’t reached the PAO time. Confusing, I know! If in doubt, you can always contact the company that produced the product and ask for an expiry date, as it may have been sat on the shelves for a number of months before you purchase it.
I completely understand that throwing away makeup before it’s finished can feel like you’re throwing away gold. However, it’s worth it in the end, because nothing is worse than a skin condition that could have potentially been avoided.