When Should You Toss Your Makeup?
For many women, applying makeup is part of their daily routine. It can be a way to feel more confident and put together before starting the day. Makeup can also be a fun form of self-expression, allowing women to experiment with different looks and express their personalities.
However, not all women feel the same way about makeup. Some prefer to keep their look natural, while others only wear it for special occasions. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to makeup habits – ultimately, it is up to each woman to decide what works best for her. Whether they choose to wear makeup every day or only for certain events, all women should feel free to express themselves in whichever way they feel most comfortable.
Dive into the ingredients of your beloved makeup products with New York Skin Solutions, and learn about the expiry for makeup.
Ingredients in Makeup
There are a few common ingredients that you’ll find in most women’s makeup. Talc, for example, is a soft mineral that absorbs oils and helps to prevent caking. Titanium dioxide is a white pigment that reflects light and provides coverage. Mica is another common pigment that gives products a shimmery finish. And then there are the many synthetic chemicals that are used as preservatives, fragrances, and colorants.
While these ingredients may be safe for most people, they can cause skin irritation or even allergic reactions in others. That’s why it’s always important to read the label before purchasing any makeup product. By familiarizing yourself with the ingredients, you can help to avoid any potential problems and know what makeup to avoid or toss out.
There’s another potential problem many of us may not even think about — the expiry date for your makeup! Just like food, makeup has an expiry date. And just like food, we often ignore those dates and continue using products long after they’ve gone bad. But expired makeup can harbor bacteria and other contaminants that can cause skin irritation, breakouts, and even infection.
So how can you tell if your makeup has expired? The first place to look is the packaging. Most products will have a symbol that indicates how long they can be used after opening. For example, a jar with an open lid symbol and the number 12 means that the product can be used for 12 months after opening. If there are no symbols on the packaging, it’s generally safe to assume that the product has a shelf life of 3 years.
However, some products – especially natural ones – may have shorter shelf lives, as they don’t contain strong preservatives. External factors, like the humidity in Singapore, can also cause makeup to have a shorter shelf life. Once a product is opened, it’s also important to pay attention to how it looks and smells. If it has changed color or texture, or starts to smell bad, it’s time to toss it out.
Side Effects of Using Expired Makeup
If your makeup has been opened or used, it can harbor harmful bacteria. This leaves you even more at risk of side effects if your open or used makeup products are expired. Unopened makeup products also pose a risk as your skin may react to product ingredients that have gone bad. This may result in skin irritation, inflammation or infection, and acne breakouts. You will notice signs like redness, itchiness, bumps, rashes, blisters or even swelling.
The same risk applies when you use expired eye makeup — the bacteria buildup can cause eye infections and pink eye. Expired makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so it’s best not to take any chances. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and replace any products that you’re uncertain about. Your skin will thank you for it!
As a general rule to safeguard yourself, you should replace your foundation, powder and other facial makeup every 12 months, lipstick every 1.5 years and mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow every six to 12 months.
Rescue Your Skin with NYSS
If you’re encountering sensitive skin or acne breakouts after using expired makeup, not to worry, New York Skin Solutions can help! We take a highly personalized approach with our signature facial treatments to give your skin exactly what it needs to effectively solve the skin problems that have cropped up. With our Activ-Clear Acne Treatment and HydroCollagen+ Skin Treatment, your face will feel more soothed, nourished and cared for. Book an appointment at any of our outlets located conveniently in Singapore and our experienced skincare specialists are here to help rescue and replenish your skin!