First of all, use common sense – if you have had something hanging around for more than 5 years, or if it is covered with a layer of slime or has seriously discolored – it’s time to go in the garbage! Some products do discolor slightly as they oxidize but if your product has changed color significantly or starts to smell quite different or moldy – toss it! Be sure to store all of your products in a cool, dry place. Do not keep your products in your bathroom where they can be affected by the steam and heat – a drawer in your bedroom is a great choice. Watch for any expiry dates stamped on the bottom or neck of the product – most products with sunscreen will have this. And if you dip your fingers into your lotions or makeup to apply it – you may want to invest in a new product sooner as bacteria can build up in the products.
Unopened lotions will usually last a good 2-3 years and opened products will generally last about 6 months to a year. Any lotions with sunscreen or active ingredients will start to become a bit less effective after being opened for 6 months or so. Cleansers and Exfoliant products generally follow the same timelines.
The same goes for makeup when it comes to an unopened product – but once opened makeup timelines can be quite different. Foundations and conceallers follow the 6 – 9 month rule once opened. Powders, eye shadows and blushes are generally fine for about a year or two. Lipsticks and glosses can last 2-3 years, but watch for texture changes. Eye liners can last about a year, yet mascara only 3 months! If you have any eye infections, a cold, or cold sore – throw out your makeup! You can pass the infection back to yourself! At the very least – sharpen your eyeliners and lip liners well and wipe off a great deal of the lipstick to get rid of the germs – but still throw out your mascara as it holds in bacteria easier.
Fall is a great time to invest in a new skincare regimen and some new fresh makeup colors, so start fresh with some brand new products!