Does Makeup Expire?

Many times we visit retailers like Walmart or Target and see a clearance section where we can find really great deals on beauty products. Most of these are products are expiring or near the date, they expire. Makeup is not cheap, which is why it’s so tempting to get those deals, but is it a good idea to buy expired makeup? Or better yet, how long should you keep using your makeup products after purchase?

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Throwing away makeup that you’ve had for a long time can be difficult, especially if you love it and if you haven’t used it all up. A 2013 study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science found that 70% of women in the study used some type of expired product. Researchers sampled their eye makeup and found that 67% had potentially harmful levels of microorganisms, which can cause bacterial skin infections.

Many times we use old brushes to apply our blush or foundation and when you keep getting acne or red spots on your face, this might be the bacteria. Most moisturizers have expiration dates on the packaging, which is a good thing because most makeup does not. So how do you know how long you should keep makeup?