You might have to part with your favourite lipstick after reading this.
Did you know that your makeup can expire? Oh yes, it can. Is it really okay that you’ve held on to the same lipstick for years for those rare occasions you need a bright orange lip? And what’s wrong with keeping a blusher forever? I know those are the questions that are running around in your mind right?
Well even though most of you are already in denial, according to a British study some women keep their makeup up to six years after their expiry date; that’s nasty, and 70% of women never clean their makeup brushes. Remember ladies, keeping old makeup products can expose you to harmful toxins and can cause serious health problems.
Here’s a guideline on when to throw out your top 4 makeup items:
This makeup item should only last 3 to 6 months period! Mascara provides a wet environment that harbors bacteria called staph, which is why our most-loved beauty product has such a short expiration period. Bacteria also naturally exist on our eyelashes and these germs are transferred from our eyes to our wands and into the mascara tube. In fact, research from two Brazilian university studies found that 79% of mascara samples owned by women are contaminated with staph bacteria. Thar’s so damn nasty so throw the whole thing away sis.
It should last 3 months up to 3 years. The difference between liquid eyeliners and pencil eyeliners is that they have the same bacteria-prone formula and packaging as mascaras, whereas pencil eyeliners have greater lasting power because as you sharpen them you remove bacteria that you pick up from using it on your eyes. If a white film that can’t be sharpened off develops on your eyeliner, replace it with a brand new one quickly!
3. Let’s talk foundation & concealer.
The life of your foundation depends on its ingredients. A water-based foundation and concealer will last up to 12 months, while oil-based foundations will make it to 18 months because oil is a natural preservative. Remember you can prevent your foundation from separating by stashing it somewhere cool and regularly shaking the liquid to mix the oils, purified water and make-up particles together.The most important note to take away is to keep your application tools clean too and avoid touching your foundation as much as possible to keep bacteria at bay.
I know you’re probably screaming with joy because lipstick doesn’t hold much bacteria. It can last between 12 to 18 months. Although lipstick and gloss are packed with preservatives such as essential oils and vitamins to ward off germs, these naturally start to break down after a year.
We want to know, how long you’ve had your makeup for? Leave a comment below.