Do you truly understand the expiry dates of make up? Or do you use make up that is actually expired?
Do you every so often go through your makeup bag and bin some products because there expired? If you haven’t i truly urge you to do this.
How To Tell If My Make Up Is Expired?
When expired some products dry up, get really watery or go gloopy however not all products have a physical change when expired but the bacteria levels nearly double so unless you have a microscope and your a scientist you won’t physically see it.
Have you ever wondered why a older favourite product has randomly made you break out its most likely because of the levels of bacteria in the product as its actually expired.
Know about the PAO Symbol?
PAO stands for Period After Opening.
The PAO Is a graphic that symbolises the lifetime of a cosmetic product. It depicts an open cosmetics pot and is used together with a written number of months or years.
The symbol is usually on the back of the product found near the manufacture details.
General Expiry Dates;
Moisturiser – 12 Months
Foundation – 12 Months
Concealer – 12 Months
Powders – 24 Months
Eyeshadows – 6-24 Months
Mascara – 4-6 Months
Lipstick – 24 Months
These are the dates that are given as a general, this doesn’t always mean that its the expiration your product, so i recommend looking for the PAO symbol.
As an example I’m going to list some of my favourite make up products and what there PAO’s are.
Nars Orgasm – 24M
Maybelline The Eye Easer Concealer – 6M
Urban Decay Naked Skin – 9M
Becca Luminous Foundation – 12M
The Balm Mary-Lou – 12M
Collection Primed & Ready – 12M
Laura Mercier Primer – 6M
Primark Lippie Stick – 16M
Kylie Cosmetics Metal Lipstick – 12M
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit – 12M
Urban Decay X Gwen Palette – 24M
Seventeen Long Lash Mascara – 6M
T-Zone Face Moisturiser – 12M
Skin Therapy Face Wipes – 3M
Garnier Micellar Water – 6M
The Body Shop Body Sorbet – 12M
Nivea Post Shave Balm – 12M
Planet Spa Face Mask – 12M
I hope this has helped you, and that you look into the expiry dates of your make up and cosmetic items. I tend to go through mine and have a sort out every 3-6months to keep everything fresh and if theres a product I’ve had for 4months and its pao is 6months ill put it towards the top of my makeup to use it up whilst its still fresh.