It's Time to say Goodbye: Guidelines For Cosmetic Life Span

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We know how much you love that perfect pink lipstick. We know you treasure that eyeliner which creates a smoky eye so sublime, it has been sharpened down to no more than a nub. Sadly, there comes a point when you have to let go and accept the reality that your favorite beauty products will eventually become a breeding ground for bacteria. Here's how to know what's still good and what's past its prime.

Moisturizing foundations and stick concealers can hang around for 18 months. A 12-month shelf life applies to both oil-free foundations, and liquid concealers which can dry out quickly.

Discard your cream blushes after a year, powder blushes, and powders after 2 years.

Toss your mascara after 3 months. Mascara has the shortest life span of all make up because the risk of transferring bacteria back and forth from your eye into the mascara tube is so great. If your mascara starts to dry out before its 90 days is up, throw it away. 

Eye pencils can be kept up to 2 years. To ensure you’re using a clean tip, sharpen before each application.

Powder shadows can last up to 2 years, but pay extra attention to cream-based shadows, which tend to grow bacteria more quickly than powders. If you use your fingers to apply your shadows, wash your hands before doing so. If you notice any changes in color or smell, its time to pitch it!

Since lipstick and gloss are repeatedly exposed to the mouth area, it is suggested to replace lip products after a year; if you've recently been sick, it may be a good idea to replace your lip products sooner. Lipsticks and glosses contain oily ingredients that start to smell like stale cooking oil over time, indicating its time to throw them out. 

The staff at PMTM have your best interest in mind! Take these helpful tips and give your cosmetic bag a look to make sure the cosmetics you apply are safe to use. You may find it's time to treat yourself to a re-stocking trip at your favorite cosmetics store!

Written by: EmmaLee Ducoeur
Edited by: Susan Piekarski

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