Do you know where to look for expiration dates on your beauty products? Did you even know beauty products HAVE expiration dates?
I’ve talked about this in past videos but with the start of the new year, I want to remind you to check the dates on your products.
Most products have the date directly on the bottle itself, but sometimes it’s only on the outer packaging. The date is often placed inside a “container looking” shape and is followed by an “m”, meaning months.
12m, 24m, and 30m are pretty common timelines of product expirations. And that number starts counting down when the product is first exposed to air, not necessarily when you bought it.
The placement of the expiration date is usually about the same whether it’s on makeup or haircare.
If you aren’t able to find an expiration date on your product, a good rule of thumb is to replace it in about a year. In general, though, the products that need to be replaced first at the ones that come into contact with your body and then are returned to the container.
For example, a mascara wand is removed from the tube, used on the eye, and then replaced into the tube. With the wand goes any and all bacteria or junk that may be near or in your eye. And then the bacteria lives its life in the mascara tube. A common timeline for replacing mascara is about 1-3 months depending on use.
Other products that should be replaced somewhat regularly are lipsticks or glosses, and concealers that have an applicator wand.
Conversely, hairspray and a good amount of aerosol products can last a really long time!
So what is the easiest way you can track the expiration timeline?
Keep a sharpie in your bathroom drawer and write the month and year that you opened the container on the bottom or side of the bottle. You can also use a label maker, like this one that I love, if you’d like to be fancy.
If at any time you find a beauty product you are using to smell different or look different, it may be best to toss it.
On a similar note, if you find yourself with unopened or unused products that you don’t want anymore, check into your local women’s shelter and see if they accept donations!