When to Throw Out Makeup
Angie's List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies, asked it’s highly rated dermatologists and eye care doctors for tips to make sure you have a healthy supply of beauty products.
- Evaluate your makeup: Replace liquid makeup, such as mascara or eyeliner, every three months. Powdered products can be used up to a year. If the product colors or consistency changes, that is another sign that you need to throw out the makeup.
- Label new purchases: If there isn’t an expiration date on the makeup, stick a piece of tape on the container and write down the date you opened it so you can keep track.
- Clean your beauty tools: Clean makeup brushes regularly and use different applicators so that the makeup brush won’t cross-contaminate makeup. Disposable applicators are another option to reduce the chances of spreading bacteria.
- Don’t share: Contrary to what you learned in elementary school, sharing makeup is not a good idea. This can increase your chances of catching an infection.
- Rethink storage: Your makeup should be stored in a cool, dry place.
- Toss it out: If you do get an infection around your eye, or you develop skin irritation, make sure to throw out your makeup and start fresh. Also, stop wearing contact lenses until the eye infection has cleared up. Seek advice from a board-certified dermatologist or physician if symptoms persist.
- Prevent infection from spreading: It’s important to wash your hands frequently and avoid sharing eye drops since the tip of the bottle can be contaminated.