Did you know that your makeup and skincare have an expiration date? I know some people are probably thinking about that eyeshadow they have in the bottom of their makeup bag since 2013…. now go throw that out and come back to find out why.
Ok good. Here’s the thing- makeup and skincare don’t have expiration dates, but you may have seen something like this:
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That little open jar graphic is a PAO, which stands for period after opening. This is SO important. However…. Who the heck remembers the exact date they open a product? Not me, that’s for sure!
PRO TIP- use a sharpie to write the date you open the product on the label, that way you know when it’s time to chuck it.
So, what happens when you use expired beauty products anyway… is it really that bad for you? I’ll break it down.
Cosmetics are breeding grounds for bacteria. Your makeup can trap bacteria, which in turn can cause rashes, breakouts, and eye infections. Have you ever noticed that the colors on really old makeup don’t look as vibrant either? Pigmentation in makeup start to fade and no longer looks as bright as it used to.
Using expired skincare can actually be dangerous.… especially using expired sunscreen- I cannot stress this enough! Your sunscreen will not work if it’s expired, which can lead to burns/skin damage.
Skincare with active ingredients will lose their efficacy once expired, and won’t give you the result you are looking for. Some creams (especially eye creams) will start to turn color, and can cause rashes because of bacteria build up.
The problem is, There are no U.S. laws or regulations that require cosmetics to have specific shelf lives or have expiration dates on their labels.
Check out this article from Real Simple, they have a great visual guide on cosmetics & toiletries expiration dates.
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