The only type of detox we’re recommending here at IMAGE in 2019 is of your beauty stash. We don’t know about you, but we love the fresh start feeling of a new year, so what better time to give your make-up and skincare a clear out?
I am consistently amazed at how many people don’t know that the products we use have expiry dates, and I hate to break it to you, but they do. So yes, that Juicy Tube you’ve been hanging on to since sixth year has got to go. All products will have a symbol on the packaging called a PAO (period after opening) this is the advised time to keep a product after first opening;
Mascara: 3-6 months.
A common culprit, but one to be most wary of as it’s so close to your eyes.
Eyeliner: 6 months to 1 year.
Gel and liquid doesn’t last as long as you are double dipping into a pot or tube. Pencil eyeliners are safe to use for up to a year as they are more hygienic with regular sharpening.
Powder Products: 1-2 years.
Eyeshadows, highlighters and blushers as they are dry, last far longer.
Foundation: 6 months- 2 years.
Pump foundations last longer as they are not exposed to air and powders will last much longer.
Lipsticks: 2 years.
Not as long as most people think (I certainly have a few I need to get rid of) these usually have a funny smell if they’re gone off. Clean the top of them occasionally with a wipe and make sure to always keep the lid on!
Lipgloss: 1 year
Never, ever pump your lipgloss as it causes air (and bacteria) to get in and it will go off quicker.
Miccelar Water: 6 months.
I race throw bottles of these so this tends to be a safe one as we replace them frequently.
Cleanser: 1 year.
This will very much depend on the type of cleanser you’re using so be sure to check the packaging. If you’re using a cleanser from a tub, squeezy tube or pump bottle, this will influence the expiry date as air getting to a product decreases this a lot.
Moisturiser: 1 year.
Same goes for moisturiser as it does for cleanser, depending on your packaging the product will last that bit longer.