Did you know that as gorgeous, beautiful, and expensive products can be, you must throw them out after a while. Yes, we know that it can be hard to purge your collection of some of your favorite products, but it is a measure you should take in order to keep you skin as healthy as possible. The longer you keep a product, the more germ infested and unsanitary it becomes. Throwing out your products and purchasing new ones can also reduce the amount of bacteria growing inside the product, on your skin, and can actually help reduce acne. However, not all products are the same and each item has a different shelf life. Check out this guide to help you know when to toss a product out.
Foundation is pretty easy to remember to throw away because if you use it on a daily basis, you should run out by the time in hits peak germ infestation around 10 to 12 months. The same goes for concealer, if you use it pretty regularly in your makeup routine, by 8 to 12 months it should almost be gone. If not, throw it out! you could be using your concealer to hide acne and blemishes with bacteria built up inside the product.
Powder is another important item to watch because you use the powder all over your face to set your makeup. You should throw powder away anywhere from 18 to 24 months. Mascara is probably the item that builds the most bacteria so toss it out and grab a new bottle every 3 months or so. Items such as eyeliner and lip pencils should be sharpened often, but they can stay in your makeup bag for up to a year. Lip products can also be kept for 18 months at the most. Be careful since it does touch your lips, don’t share your products with anyone to decrease the amount of germ contamination.
Take a look at your makeup collection now and see if there are any items you should be throwing away. Although you might be throwing away some expensive products, it is worth it because you don’t want the bacteria on your face. If you use this guide and purge your makeup collection of old products, let us know what you threw out in the comments below