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Time to update your makeup and skincare collections. Here’s how long to keep your products.
3 to 6 Months
Expert Tip: New, unopened mascara can be stored for up to two years. When using your mascara and it becomes tacky or hardens, it’s time say goodbye.
Expert Tip: Prolong the life of your products by storing away from direct sunlight between uses, preferably in a cool, dry place.
6 Months to 1 Year
Expert Tip: If you have an open-top foundation, gently drip the formula onto the back of your hand, avoiding contact with skin before you apply.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Expert Tip: Tighten the cap closed after every use. Do not dilute shampoo or conditioner, as this might provide an ideal environment for germs.
Expert Tip: No matter how long you’ve had your creams, if you notice a change in their texture, color or consistency, it’s definitely time to replace.
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Expert Tip: Avoid humidity and warm temperatures, so consider storing nail polish somewhere other than the bathroom.
Expert Tip: Use a clean brush to apply powder. Keep lid sealed and avoid storing in warm places.
Eye & Lip Pencils
Expert Tip: Sharpen before application and replace lid after use. Occasionally clean your sharpener with rubbing alcohol.
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What does it all mean?
- Manufacture Date If other information is not present, knowing when the product was manufactured can be helpful. Unused cosmetics can also lose their freshness and change in consistency. This date will help you determine if a product is past its prime.
- Refer to Box or Insert If products are small or the manufacturer chooses not to print on the product container, you can usually find valuable information on the box or the product insert.
- Expiration Date If a product has natural ingredients, there will be an expiration date on the package that is valid, even if the product has not been opened.
- PAO (Period After Opening) This indicates how long you can use the product after opening it or breaking the seal. It is required of all cosmetic products with a shelf life of 30 months or more to feature this symbol.
- Best Before End Date (BBE) Any cosmetic product that has a lifespan of less than 30 months has a “Best Before End of” date, symbolized by an hourglass or egg timer.
- No Label Look for physical indicators like change in smell, color or consistency.