Why You Should Be Checking The Expiry Date Of Your Cosmetics

Frederique Bros
on 21 December 2022

Did you know expired cosmetics can create a dangerous chemical mix?

Have you ever wondered how long can you keep your cosmetics for? What about if you are using your favourite lipstick (we all have one) and it’s actually past its expiry date? I’ve always wondered how long can I use my face cream and makeup products before they start to have a reverse effect creating breakouts on my skin or worse.

Chemicals inside expired cosmetics can be extremely harmful. Women can use about 20 beauty products a day, combination of various substances contained by these, some of them damaged, can be harmful to health. According to Genius Beauty if you use makeup products every day, your body can absorb through the skin over two kilograms of chemicals per year!


How to check the expiry date of your cosmetics with an App

When was the last time you checked the expiry date of your cosmetics? Don’t worry there is an app for that!

Beauty Keepr app

Beauty Keeper is a stylish, easy to use app that tracks expiry dates of your beauty products, reminds you when it is time to replace them, and helps to determine production and best before dates encoded by manufacturer.

More than 880 brands are presented in the app such as Benefit, Biotherm, Body Shop, Bourjois, Chanel, Clinique, Dior, Garnier, Guerlain, Kiehl’s, Lancome, L’Oreal, MAC, Neutrogena, Pupa, Shiseido and others.

This app has over 368 reviews and has a 4.3 score, it’s a must-have.

Available on IOS and Android

Here’s more about what you need to know when it comes to checking the expiry date of your cosmetics. First, check out the batch code.

What is the batch code?

The batch code identifies the manufacture date of the product. Usually it is printed on both the primary container and outer packaging. The batch code consists from numbers and letters. If the product is not marked, then it must have the expiration date written.

If you use makeup products every day, your body can absorb through the skin over two kilograms of chemicals per year!


Batch codes can be located:

– printed on the bottom of the product

– printed on the package

– ink-stamped on the product

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What are the suggested cosmetic expiry dates from the big cosmetic brands?

  • Mascara: 3 – 6 months
  • Blusher: 12 – 18 months
  • Lipstick: 18 months
  • Foundation: 6 months
  • Eye shadow: 12 months
  • Liquid Eyeliner: 3 – 6 months
  • Shampoo: 24 months
  • Shower Gel: 24 months
  • Lip gloss: 18-24 months
  • Powder eyeshadow: 2 years
  • Cream eyeshadow: 12-18 months
  • Nail colour: 1 year
  • Fragrance: 2-5 years

Only one in four women frequently check the ingredients of the cosmetics she buys, and over half of them do not consider it necessary to read the list of ingredients if a product is natural. I know it can be hard for you to let go of your favourite product, like the perfect eyeshadow palette or lipstick, but try to think that after a few months this product that was your best friend can become your skin’s enemy.  

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Advice: Don’t buy so many makeup and beauty products if you don’t use makeup everyday because you will not have the time to finish them before they become harmful for your skin.  

So every couple of months try to look over your beauty products and check them, if they smell strange then it’s time to say goodbye.  


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