3 Reasons to Replace Your Expired Beauty Products

June 21, 2021 9 Comments

3 Reasons to Replace Your Expired Beauty Products

Attention all babes: if you have expired products in your makeup bag, it’s time to get rid of it (even if it’s not empty yet). We know it’s hard - makeup and skincare products are expensive! But we’ve got a few compelling reasons why you should say, “out with the old and in with the new.”  

So, when do beauty products go bad? Let's see! 👀⬇️

Some organic products will have a shorter lifespan, and some products - like Babe’s performance-based cosmetics will have longer ones. Be sure to check the PAO (period after opening) label on your makeup to see what kind of timeline you are working with. We’ll leave that part up to you!

Why Do I Need to Replace My Expired Products? 🤔

There are three big reasons why you should replace your expired makeup:

  • Reduced Performance
  • You don’t spend money on makeup and skincare for it to not give you results, right? Unfortunately, most cosmetics slowly lose their effectiveness (usually due to drying out or excess moisture). And if you use a performance-based cosmetic, it’s particularly important to make sure the ingredients don’t lose potency. 

  • Increased Breakouts
  • Dermatologists refer to it as acne cosmetica, but you’re welcome to call it what it is - a breakout caused by expired makeup. Skip the clogged pores by only using products that benefit your skin.

  • Infection
  • Even from the safety of your own home, you’re at risk of infection when you use an old product. For example, liquid eyeliner and most mascaras are subject to flaking and housing bacteria, which could cause an allergic reaction or eye infection.

    3 Ways to Increase Your Cosmetics’ Lifespan

    Don’t panic. There are a few ways to extend the life of (some of) your cosmetics:

    1.  Keep Makeup in a Dry Area

    If possible, try to store your makeup in a different room than the humid bathroom. The steam and humidity from your shower wreak havoc on your makeup, softening and getting moisture trapped in the product, which could cause a bacterial buildup. Yikes!

    2.  Use a Brush or Applicator

    Even if you wash your hands ahead of time, your fingers contain oils and bacteria that can contaminate your makeup collection if you touch them. Stick with sanitized brushes and applicators to avoid introducing germs into your beauty products.

    3.  Don’t Use Makeup With an Eye Infection

    If you have an eye infection,DO NOT wear eye makeup or products until the infection has cleared up. There are two key points here - putting makeup onto infected skin slows down the healing process AND contaminates your makeup. That opens up the possibility of infecting yourself all over again - eek!

    We know it’s hard to get rid of the makeup you love, but we want you to remember that this is a step in your self-care routine. By getting rid of something that could potentially cause damage to your complexion or your health, you are prioritizing yourself and acknowledging that you deserve to use the healthiest products on your skin.

     

    XO
    BABE ORIGINAL 

    9 Responses

    Deb K.
    Deb K.

    July 26, 2022

    Thanks for the advice! I’m going to screenshot this (like I do half the beauty tips I read) so I remember this when I go shopping for cosmetics.
    Maybe this will help me purchase a few quality items instead of several bags of cr*p I just end up using just a few times. Lol 🤪

    Karen Cambria
    Karen Cambria

    March 30, 2022

    Wow, you learn something new everyday. Thank you so much this explains alot about some of the issues I have.

    Adaria Johnson
    Adaria Johnson

    March 30, 2022

    Awesome products very informative

    Jennifer McDaniel
    Jennifer McDaniel

    March 30, 2022

    I’m so guilty of hanging onto expired cosmetics. Going forward I am going to try to do better with keeping up to date with my cosmetics. Starting with this new eyeliner. Never have used this brand or ever this style of eyeliner. Wish me luck y’all.

    Cailin
    Cailin

    March 15, 2022

    omg, I’m so totally guilty of this! I have so many blushes, powders and eyeshadow pallets that I’ve had for YEARS. I only wear makeup for certain occasions, so it’s rare I actually finish a product within a year. Yikes! I will definitely have to sort through them all now after reading this.

    Monica
    Monica

    January 24, 2022

    I am a make up hoarder!
    I am 28 and have make up items from when I was 10. Yikes! This article taught me a lot. Definitely took out a bunch of stuff I didn’t need or even used anymore. And I was even able to recycle some items and make some paints with my daughters, for future crafts we will create together. Definitely a win!

    Khalilah Gildersleeve
    Khalilah Gildersleeve

    January 13, 2022

    Thanks for the tips

    Chanel
    Chanel

    October 01, 2021

    Eeks! I’m guilty of not knowing all of this and using my makeup until completion…which might take way past the expiration point! BRB, cleaning out my make up bag.

    Lauren
    Lauren

    June 22, 2021

    I recently threw out a Bobbi Brown pallet my mom gave me when I was 12. (I’m turning 30.) Instead of throwing out the eyeliner and eyeshadow brushes, I used them to paint a little chess set I’m making. They work great. Haha

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