I don’t know about you but I don’t attach much importance to beauty products. After all, a cosmetic is just a thing, you use it and when it’s out or expired, you throw it away and get a new one. However, if you’re not good at bidding your products farewell, read my mini-guidebook for keeping cosmetics neat and organized.
Shelf life of cosmetics
It’s a piece of information to be checked before purchase and before throwing products out. On each packaging you’ll find either a date or a jar determining the expiration given in months, e.g. 6M means the product is good to use for six months after opening.
What are the estimated expiry dates of products? Take a look at some types of products:
- 3 years: perfumes and fragrances stored properly
- 1-3 years: foundations, powders, blushes and eyeshadow
- 1 year: fluid products, nail polish, sunscreens, lip glosses and lipsticks, eye and lip liners and pencils
- 6-10 months: pump applicator products
- 6-8 months: eyeliners
- 6 months: self-tanners
- 3-6 months: mascaras
- 3-4 months: liquid eyeliners
- up to 6 months: natural and eco-friendly products
How to keep your cosmetics under control?
Let’s start by taking them out of shelves, beauty bags, boxes and whatnots. Next, divide them into ones you want to keep and ones you need to throw out. If you see that a product is about to expire, use it up as soon as possible.
After selection, it’s time for organizing the space. Put products in beauty bags, boxes and organizers so you know where they are. Put all make-up products together and place your hair products in a different box or group cosmetics shelf life-wise.