How often do you go through and check the expiration dates on makeup?

Do you remember when you opened it? Many of us have a couple of brands of the same item on the go at the same time so its easy to forget how long you have been using it for.

Replacement dates are from the day it is opened not the date of purchase, so keeping track is made even more important.

Once exposed to air your products can start accumulating bacteria.

TIP: The closer the product comes to your eyes and the more moisture it has the shorter the life span

Changes in the smell or texture is an obvious sign that the product should no longer be used.  Try to get into the habit of marking the date of opening either with a label or marker pen on the product when opened. The month and year are sufficient.

Using makeup past its expiry can give you breakouts, eye and skin irritations and harbour nasty bacteria making it unhealthy for your skin.

TIP: Keeping your fingers away from the opening helps keep germs at bay and always wash hands before applying any makeup.

As a general guide:

3 months: Mascaras and liquid eyeliners

6 months: Liquid foundations and concealers

12 months: Lip glosses, cream eye shadows and blushers, brow gels

18 months: Lipsticks and lip liners

24 months: Powder products including foundations, eye shadows and blushers

Never share you makeup with anyone and keep lids on when not in use.

Don’t forget to give those brushes and sponges a good soapy wash regularly and replace them immediately when they start showing signs of wear.

TIP: Placing makeup in a cool dry environment (not the bathroom or the car) also aids in its lifespan. If possible, the fridge is an ideal spot

As with makeup toiletries have expiry dates too.

12 months: Moisturisers

24 months: Shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste

36 months: Deodorant

As with makeup brushes, bath sponges and loofahs should be washed and replaced regularly as they live in warm humid environments.