Clean out your makeup drawer

March 29, 2010 3:50:15 PM PDT
We sort through your makeup drawer mess to tell you what's good and what's gone bad.

When should I throw out a product?

The Life of Makeup, Skin, and Body Care Products

Eye Shadow
Powder: 1 to 2 years
Cream: 6 months to 1 year

Eyeliner
Pencil: 2 years
Liquid: 3 to 6 months

Lipstick/Lip gloss
1 year

Foundation
Liquid : 3 to 6 months
Cream: 4-6 months

Concealer
6-8 months

Natural Cosmetics ("all-natural body washes")
6 months
Natural Cosmetics are likely to have an unusually short shelf life - "all natural" products that contain plant-derived ingredients (which are conducive to bacterial growth), or products with no preservatives.

Mascara
3 to 6 months

Powder
2 to 3 years

Lotions
2 to 3 Years

Anti aging products
3 to 6 months

Bath Oils
1 Year

Shampoos and Conditioners
3 years

Shaving creams
2 Years

Hair products
3 to 5 years

Deodorant
1 year

Facial Cleansers & Moisturizers
6 months

Facial Toners
1 year

Other signs your product has gone bad:
Pigment fades
Powder dries out
Smells
Becomes clumpy
Weird Consistency
Crystallization
Separation

Products that do have expiration on them:
Please check the bottom of the container/jar or crimped area of the tube for a "lot" or "batch" number and send us an email request with the information, along with the product purchased to customerservice@drbrandtskincare.com and we will reply within 48 hours. The bottom line is there's no way to tell just from looking at the package if the product is still good or not.

Cosmetics aren't required by law to have expiration dates. From the time you open it, the life and effectiveness of the product decreases and bacteria grows. Treat makeup products with care. Keep them in a dry, cool area. Throw makeup away if the color changes or an odor develops (makeup has preservatives, similar to that in food, which can break down over time).


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