What's lurking in your makeup bag?
"Like food, makeup has an expiration date, and over time cosmetics can harbor harmful bacteria that can lead to infections," states Dr. David Schlessinger, a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon and ophthalmologist, and medical director of Schlessinger Eye & Face. "The risks are multiplied when these products are shared among friends."
Check out the dates below and find out when you should toss your makeup stash.
Expiration dates — beginning from the time you first open these products
Powders and shadows: 2 years
Cream shadows: 12 to 18 months
Foundation: 1 year
Lipstick & lipliner: 1 year
Mascara & eyeliners: 3 months
Makeup brushes: Clean weekly using a mild detergent
Makeup sponges: Replace weekly, or when sponge becomes soiled
Tips for keeping your skin clean and your makeup fresh
— Smell your cosmetics; if they have an unusual odor, they may contain bacteria and should be discarded.
— Always make sure that products are closed tight and stored out of sunlight, as this can destroy the preservatives.
— Don't use any eye products if you currently have an eye infection.
— Never add any liquids to products unless directed by the manufacturer.
— If there are any changes in color and texture, dispose of the product immediately.
— Avoid sampling makeup at department stores when possible. If you do test, never apply directly from the makeup. Instead, use a clean, disposable applicator (i.e., cotton swab, sponge) to apply cosmetics.