Good things come to an end and, they need to leave!
As much as you love that one lipstick that you’ve been stingy about using all these years, we hate to break it to you that it might make you look nice and everything but that old stuff comes with an expiry date and it needs to get out of your pretty collection right now.
It’s not an exaggeration when we say that using old makeup is as bad as eating gone-off food.
So does our skincare product come with a sell-by-date? Well, the sad thing about makeup products is that the shelf life depends on when the products were first opened, and how it has been stored, while few makeup products come with an expiry date.
Yes, you read it right your makeup products do have their own expiry dates and that is called the “PAO” symbol, which simply stands for ‘Period after Opening.’
The PAO acts as a guideline for when you should get rid of your products after you’ve opened it.
The symbol also includes the letter ‘m’ which stands for months and a number before the ‘m.’ Let’s make this easy, for example, if your products say ‘6m’ then that would mean that you shouldn’t be using your product beyond 6 months after it has been opened.
But what if you don’t have a PAO on your product? (Which seldom happens) Fret not ladies! We have you covered with the best expiry identifying guide for your makeup products.
‘Preservative –free’ moisturisers use natural ingredients and the need extra care as natural alternatives for preservatives can’t protect your products from bacterial contamination. It not really a bad thing but it reduces the self-life of your product to 1 year.
Concealers have a smooth, silky texture that is blendable and concealers use oils and hydrating agents such as shea butter and if your concealer tends to dry up or change texture then its time to say goodbye. Ironically, it’ll just make your breakout look even more worse than it already it. Make sure you change your concealer yearly. While the same story goes around foundations – remember the magical – 1-year formula.
Powders and blushers
Yes, powders can go bad too! Make sure you clean your makeup tools regularly to keep off with the bacterial contamination of your palates. Never leave your powder exposed to air and make sure you change it in 2 years even if it seems like the perfect shade!
They might be your best friend but you need to part ways in 2 years! Lipsticks contain water, moisturizers and hydrating agents but they too expire as time goes by. Using a brush helps to keep off unnecessary bacteria that come from your skin and your lips, but you can’t really do much about the ‘goodbye’ part.
The best thing about these babies – they can last up to 2 years! Unlike creams, powders are dry and they are less prone to bacteria breeding. But keep a watch out for discoloration, which could mean that your eye shadow is off the hook.
It does not matter how these magically tend to run for years! Lips balms have a shelf life up to a year. Make sure your fingers are clean while you’re using a pot lip balm because dirty fingers could attract germs and reduce your lip balm’s shelf life (did not see that coming). While your tube lip balms might last longer.
These last up to 10yrs and it’s absolutely fine if you’re being super stingy about this one. Fragrances are made of spirits, so make sure you fix their caps and stoppers tightly so that your favorite potion does not vanish. Don’t blame your sibling later, we warned you!
As much as it’s heartbreaking to part with your favorite buddy, you get a zillionth better reason to hit your favorite makeup store!
Get set makeup go!