Tuesday, September 12, 2017
When to Toss Your Old Makeup
Therefore, if you are hoarding old makeup, it's time to purge! I have been in the process of going through all of my drawers, and so far I am only part way through my lipsticks and lip glosses, and the picture above represents the first round of products that I have just tossed.
If you long ago tossed the box, or can no longer read the expiration date on the label, then you must rely on your sense of smell and will need to note any changes in texture. If the product smells funny or rancid, or if the consistency and texture have changed– then it's time to throw it away. Many products feature a small label with an open jar symbol with a numeric code to indicate how long it will last after opening. Some people use a permanent marker to write the date that they opened the product to know precisely when to toss it out. However, do not strictly depend upon the label, because products can turn before they are supposed to. If this happens far sooner than it should, and you suspect that you purchased a nearly expired product, then bring it back to exchange it.
*When to Toss:
Concealers: 1-1 1/2 years
Cream eyeshadows and cream blushes: 1-1 1/2 years
Eyeliner pencils: 2 years
Lipsticks: 2 years
Lip gloss: 1 1/2-2 years
Lip Liner: 2 years
Liquid and cream foundations: 1-1 1/2 years
Liquid and gel eyeliners: 3 months
Mascara: 3 months
Powder blush, bronzers, eyeshadows and highlighters: 2 years
Once I have identified which products are destined for the trash bin, I scoop out any remaining product, clean up the packaging, and separate out the recyclable materials, and then recycle everything that can be recycled. This is a far more sustainable approach than simply tossing everything in the garbage since most of these materials are recyclable, and shouldn't end up in the landfill.
I have a lot more makeup to sort through, but it was quite cathartic to eliminate these lip products. It also serves to declutter my cabinets and drawers, and gives me a far better sense of what I have and what I am likely to use.
When was the last time that you tossed out old makeup?
*When to Toss dates are not intended as a substitute for the smell and consistency test. Instead, it adheres to most of the suggested dates from the companies and experts. Notwithstanding mascaras, which I always throw away several months after opening, I have many lipsticks and lip liners that are far older than the recommended discard age. I simply pay a lot of attention to smell and consistency. Also I corrected the lipstick and lip liner dates to two years as I had mistakenly written 1 year for each, when I had intended write two years instead.
All views expressed are categorically my own.
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