How was everyone’s weekend?
As a self-proclaimed beauty product hoarder, I am always stashing away products without paying attention to the expiration dates.
However, this week I began my yearly beauty declutter task, so I can make room (dare I say) for all the fall beauty products, and discovered that I needed to pay attention to the expiration dates on all beauty products as they can compromise my skin.
Here are some easy to follow guidelines to help you decide what to stash and what to trash:
Mascara (regular or waterproof) and eyeliner: 3 to 6 months (always toss out dry mascara—never add water to extend its life)
Cream, liquid or stick foundations/concealers: 6 months to 1 year
Powder-based products (including blush, bronzer, etc.): 2 to 3 years
Lipstick, gloss and lip pencils: 2 to 3 years
Cleansers: 1 year
Toners: 6 months to 1 year
BHA or AHA exfoliants: 1 year
Facial or body moisturizers and serums: 6 months to 1 year
Lip balm: 1 year
Acne products should be thrown out after six months to avoid skin irritation (because that defeats the whole point of skin care, right?). Most products, if not all, should have a number followed by the letter “M” to tell you how long you can use the product for once it’s been opened.
Another trick is to look at the box for the PAO symbol (a number followed by an M and an open jar icon). The PAO symbol tells you how many months after opening a product, it should be thrown away. For example, a “12M” would mean you should throw the product out 12 months after you’ve opened it.
Sending sunny beauty vibes! 💋
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