I was sitting at my makeup desk and looking at my favorite bottle of liquid foundation — my beloved Chanel. It’s been one of the best foundations I’ve ever used. It gives me the perfect amount of coverage without looking too caked on. But I began to realize, that I’ve had this bad boy for over a year now! So was it time to toss it? Fortunately, not yet (phew!). But there are a few makeup products that don’t have the same shelf life that foundation does. Take a look below to see if you’re ready to toss out some of your favorite beauty products:
1. Mascara — (3 months) According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), mascara should be replaced every three months because of the likelihood that it will collect bacteria with prolonged use. Holding on to mascara and other eye makeup longer than three months can increase the risk of eye and/or skin irritation or infection (to your face, eyelids, etc.), according to Dr. Debra Jaliman, dermatologist and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist.
2. Eye shadow — (18 months) If you’re using your eye shadow correctly, as in using clean brushes, not touching it with dirty fingers, and storing them in a non-humid place, you can probably get a longer use out of it. Similar to mascara, it is very easy for bacteria to grow on products like this. However, sometimes, as the eye shadow gets older, it can start to crumble and break, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be tossed.
3. Foundation — (12-18 months) This one is important because using old foundation can actually cause skin issues, especially if you’re using it with a dirty makeup brush or sponge. Water-based foundation can last up to 12 months and oil-based will last up to 18 months, check the back of the bottle for a list of ingredients. Also, be diligent with cleaning the makeup tool that you use to apply your foundation.
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Original story published on Medical Daily