Ever wonder about expiration dates?
Aren’t you glad there are labels to warn you when your milk is about to spoil rather than finding out the hard way, after you’ve poured it on your favorite breakfast cereal, and took a big sour spoonful? That is IF you read it before you drank it.
Well actually milk has a “sell by” date stamped on it (see picture above), this is for stores to know how long they can display a particular product. If you keep the item refrigerated it will usually remain drinkable for about one week after the “sell by” date on the package. The date tells you how long the product is likely to remain at its best quality when unopened. But it is not a safety date.
Most products have the “use by” or “best” date stamped on them, after these dates have passed, you will start to notice changes in the product’s texture, color, or flavor. But as long as you’ve been storing the item properly, you can generally consume it a little beyond this date (depending on the specific product). The best way to gauge the quality is by smell or taste. Always discard foods that have developed an off odor, flavor or appearance (like green fuzz growing on it is pretty obvious), for your health and safety.
“Use by” is like an expiration date on medicines, and taking them after the date listed is not recommended.
But how about your skin care and makeup? Do they have expiration dates?
There is currently no law requiring similar labeling on cosmetics.
But all cosmetics do have a shelf life, as to how long they can stay good while unopened, and how long they remain safe once opened.
When either of those periods ends, spoilage can begin, and reduce a product’s effectiveness, allowing bacterial growth that can cause irritations or infections.
It is best to replace any of the following products that are past these expirations:
Eye Cream 6 Months
Mascara 6 Months
Lip and Eye Pencils 12 to 18 Months
Lipstick 12 to 18 Months
Concealer 2 Years
Powder 2 Years
Liquid Foundation 2 Years
Powder Blush 2 Years
Cream Blush 2 Years
Moisturizer 2 Years
Sunscreen 2 Years
Face Cream 2 Years
Just put a little in the palm of your hand with water and swish the brush around. Then rinse it until soap residue is gone. Squeeze out excess moisture and let dry before using. Never immerse brushes in water, as the bristles are glued to the base and will come apart (even the most expensive ones).
You should also throw away any broken containers or ones that are missing caps. Powder blushes and pressed powders that have broken are hard to use and should also be trashed. Then you can make space for your newer, fresher, shelf life items. Here is a suggestion when you purchase new products: put little stickers on your lipstick, concealers etc… with the recommended expiration dates, so you won’t have to guess later down the road.
Don’t cry over sour milk, or expired beauty products, just replace them when needed to keep yourself healthy and beautiful!
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