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How Long Do Beauty Products Last?

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How Long Do Beauty Products Last?


All things must come to an end, including the contents of your makeup bag, your medicine cabinet, and shower caddy. Unlike food and medicine, though, beauty products don’t have an expiration date. Check out this handy guide to the shelf lives of makeup and skincare products.

When you’re purchasing new products, you can use marker or a label maker to note when they will expire. Or, you know, buy less of the stuff because you’re not going to use it all anyway!


A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • By cleaning your brushes regularly and caring for your products, you can extend the shelf life.
  • These guidelines apply to more mainstream brands — natural products have a shorter shelf life.
  • Err on the side of caution if you have sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts or other issues.
  • If you smell something funny or if the product has taken on some weird characteristics or consistencies, toss it!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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3:47PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

that photo is sooooo wrong!

8:15PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

hmmm, really? I have a lot of old products, but some of the above information in the article I don't understand. I think that bar soap can be used even if it is fairly old.

5:14PM PDT on May 28, 2012


5:13PM PDT on May 28, 2012

thanks :)

1:39PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Hmm, I've been using some very old cosmetics.

7:27AM PDT on May 28, 2012

They last until they go off. :-)

6:56AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Thank you for this informative information.

10:40PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Thank you

9:26PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Is that open or unopened?

11:07AM PDT on May 27, 2012

Thanks, I need to throw a lot out! I'll do it today.

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