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Your Definitive Guide to Makeup Expiration Dates

Nothing lasts forever. Like all good things in life, beauty products have a recommended shelf life. Here’s why: “Old products can be great breeding grounds for bacteria, yeast and molds,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hadley King. These can irritate the skin and potentially cause breakouts and infections. But how long do foundations, lipsticks, eyeshadows, liners, and all the other goodies in your makeup bag last? 

If makeup products don’t have  an expiration date on the packaging, Dr. King and Sarah Akram, a celebrity master esthetician and owner of Sarah Akram Skincare, have some handy, general guidelines to keep in mind. 

”If you notice the color has slightly changed or even the texture of the product, it’s time to toss it...”

”Creams and liquids tend to build up bacteria the quickest and have a shorter life span.”

“Old products can be great breeding grounds for bacteria, yeast and molds.”

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