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Expired Beauty Products Doesn't Mean They're Bad

July 24, 2017

We've taken a look at the expiration dates of foods and medications and how dates can be misleading.  But what about beauty products?  Well yes, they have misleading expiration dates too.  Like food and some medications, the expiration date doesn’t necessarily mean to toss it in the trash.  As long as they remain unopened, you can stock up and save. For instance, face and body washes. They will hold up for six to 12 months after expiration date. If they contain active ingredients such as lycolic acids, peptides, or antioxidants, they'll be effective for about six months.  If there is no expiration date, discard 12 months after you purchase it. Moisturizers should be good for six to 12 months after the expiration date as long as the product remains sealed. Like with face wash, this would decrease if the product contains active ingredients like glycolic acids, peptides, or antioxidants. Eye crèmes should be ok up to six months after they expire.  As long as makeup foundation remains sealed, it's good for up to 2-3 years after the expiration date. Lip gloss and lip stick, sealed, last up to 3 years. Sealed bronzer/blush lasts up to two years. Sealed mascara lasts up to 12 months.  Once opened replace it every few months. Finally unopened shampoo and conditioners should last up to three years. 

SOURCE: PopSugar (slide show)

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