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Have you looked inside your cosmetic bag lately?

Posted by Wright Artistry on

When have you taken the time to thoroughly rummage through your makeup bag? Has it been a while since you took a deep look as to what colours you still have hanging around that you hardly wear?

Now is the time to throw out the old and replenish with what's new. I'm talking about any cosmetics that you have laying around that is far beyond it's expiry date...yup, you should get rid of it.

You may be wondering...what's the harm anyway? Not only is expired makeup non-hygenic, it can cause skin irritation, start to harbor bacteria and eventually cause un-wanted infections.

Expiration date is the date after which your cosmetic product will be expired and should not be used anymore. Usually this date must be specified only for the cosmetics which shelf life period is 30 months or less. If this date is present, it should be printed directly on the product package in the form month/year or day/month/year [Source:]

For example, when you see an image like this:

it means that the product must be thrown away 6 months after opening. You'll sometimes see an open jar symbol indicating 6 , 12, 18 or 24 months, this is known as Period After Opening (PAO) date.

Know when to throw away your old makeup, see chart below:

You'll notice that eye products have the least amount of shelf life, this is because the eyes are the most sensitive area on the face, and products such as mascara are prone to bacteria contamination which can lead to infection when used around the eye area.

Best practices when using makeup on yourself and on others:

  • Wash or sanitize your hands before application.
  • Do not share applicators with anyone.
  • Keep cosmetics in a cool, dry storage area, keep away from sunlight and direct heat.
  • Use disposable makeup applicators when applying makeup on someone else.
  • Keep makeup area clean and sanitized.
  • Do not dilute makeup (such as mascara) with water.
  • Keep container lids closed tightly so that air does not get in.
  • Sanitize makeup and makeup tools after use with every client.

How to tell your makeup has gone bad, here are some signs to look for:

  • Distinct change in colour.
  • Bad odor or strange smell.
  • there is obvious signs the texture has changed.
  • Cosmetic has been exposed to direct heat.

Now that I have you thinking about throwing away your makeup, the good news is, spring is just a few months away so you're probably in need of some new colours anyway. It's always fun to shop for makeup season to season, colour trends are changing, you're usually shopping for new clothes and you want to be looking good in transition.

That being said, we invite you to subscribe to our newsletter for updates on new arrivals and promotions. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check the labels on your cosmetics for the expiration dates.

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