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What To Keep & What To Toss!

Updated: Feb 28

Are you uncertain about when it's time to say goodbye to your favorite cosmetics? Here's a helpful guide to assist you in understanding when to bid adieu to your beloved beauty essentials. For those who desire a more relaxed approach, I offer a Makeup Purge Zoom and guide you through it.

But here are two Essential Rules to Follow:

  1. Understand the Period-After-Opening Symbol (PAO): Keep an eye out for the PAO symbol on your product, typically represented as a number followed by the letter 'M.' For example, '6M' indicates it's good for six months after opening, while '36M' means three years. Pay attention to the time period in months, as it signifies how long the product remains usable after being opened, not from the purchase date.

  2. Consider Product Type and Usage Proximity: Moisture-rich products or those applied near sensitive areas like the eyes tend to have shorter lifespans. In the absence of a PAO symbol, rely on changes in texture, smell, or appearance. When in doubt, it's better to discard. Using expired products can lead to skin irritation, breakouts, or eye infections.

Cosmetic Expiration Timelines:

  • Mascara: 2-3 months

  • Liquid Foundation & Concealer: 6-12 months

  • Liquid Eyeliner: 3 months

  • Eye & Lip Pencils: Up to 1 year

  • Powder-based Cosmetics (Eye Shadows, Blush, Foundation): 1-2 years

  • Lipsticks & Glosses: 12-18 months

Additional Common Products and Their Expiration Periods:

  • Powder Foundation: 18 months

  • Powder or Stick Form Concealer: 2 years

  • Face Powder: 2 years

  • Moisturizers: 1 year

  • Shampoo and Conditioner: 2 years

It's crucial to remain attentive to any changes in consistency, color, or odor in your products. Proper storage in a cool, dry place away from heat and humidity can significantly extend their shelf life.

By adhering to these guidelines, you'll ensure your makeup and personal care products retain their freshness, efficacy, and safety for use.

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