All products have a length of time during which they are most effective and this also includes your beauty products. The most common beauty products such as your lip gloss and lipsticks usually don’t come with an expiration date on their packages and it is highly important to know how long these should be used. Using expired beauty products will not only be detrimental to your skin, but can also affect your overall health. These are products you apply to your skin and other parts of your body, so just as you keep your eye on the expiration date of that carton of milk in the fridge, you should also pay the same attention to the shelf-life of your beauty products.

If you’re one of those people who hangs on to your favourite cosmetics until the bitter end, when the label on the powder compact is just barely legible, or until you can’t dig any further into that lipstick tube with your lip brush, then this article is for you. So, just in case you have no clue when to toss that dried-out mascara or that cracked blusher, let’s help you out.

Here are the most common beauty products and their average ‘life span’ so to speak.



Body lotion



Lasts up to two to three years, particularly if it’s in a pump container. Be sure to throw the product away the moment it starts to change colour, smell odd or the oils and fats begin to separate


Shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel.



Three to five years. Most are alcohol-based, which helps preserve the formula.


Bath oil:



These can be used for up to 12 months.


Mascara and liquid eyeliner



Three to four months. Make sure you’re diligent about replacing these items to prevent contamination and infections.


Eye and lip pencils



Three to five years. Sharpen them before each use as a way to preserve them and keep them clean.



Eye Shadows



These will also last up to 3 years. Powder eyeshadows can last for ages because they are mainly pigmented pressed powder. Cream eyeshadows have a shorter shelf life because they use emulsions that can break down over time.



Make up brushes



As long as it’s still usable, but be sure to wash every 2 to 3 months with mild detergents.



Lipstick and lip gloss



Two to three years. Lipsticks are generally quite long lasting because of the way the pigment and fat are formulated together.





About two years. Most bottles are designed to last that long. Check the ingredients: A water-based foundation will only last up to 12 months, oil-based will last up to 18 months. Concealers can last a year.





Can last about 2 years. Although powders can actually last longer, two years is the longest you should really keep it. After that, it can start to get a bit dry and, in the case of pressed powder, it may not go on as smoothly. This is unavoidable, as powder mixes with natural skin oils left on the sponge. As a general rule, loose powder can last up to three years in the right conditions.






About two years. To get more mileage out of a perfume, resist the temptation to display a pretty bottle on your vanity. Instead, stash it away in a cool, dark place.


Nail polish


These shouldn’t be kept for more than a year.



Bar soaps



Can last for about three years.


Shaving cream



Can be used for up to two years.





Deodorants can also last for two years.






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