1/5/10

Expiration dates~

Due to the lack of tasks at work I ended up researching on the expiration dates of things... I know, super random thing to research, right? On the other hand, this was somewhat related to my new year's resolution to keep my room clean. I have tons of unused make up I received from my cousins and Aunts who come from the US. I hardly use makeup so most of the presents I get are left in the drawers "just in case." Most of the products I have do not have a manufacture date or even an Exipiration date printed on it so it's stuck there until it rots, so to speak.

I came acrosse several site which listed the shelf life of each kind of products. Some would say that we should read the batch code of the product to determine the shelf life. One blog which specifically stated not to copy anything from her posts mentioned a site that automatically calculates the shelf life of a product.

Anyway this site had the following list:

Bar soap - 18 months to 3 years
Bath gel, body wash - 3 years
Bath oil - 1 year
Body bleaches and depilatories
- Unopened: 2 years
- Used: 6 months
Conditioner - 2 to 3 years
Deodorant
- Unopened: 2 years
- Used: 1 to 2 years
- For antiperspirants, see expiration date
Eye cream
- Unopened: 3 years
- Used: 1 year
Face lotion - With SPF, see expiration date. All others, at least 3 years
Foundation, oil-based - 2 years
Foundation, water-based - 3 years
Hair gel - 2 to 3 years
Hair spray - 2 to 3 years
Lip balm 
- Unopened: 5 years
- Used: 1 to 5 years
Lipstick - 2 years
Mascara
- Unopened: 2 years
- Used: 3 to 4 months
Mouthwash - Three years from manufacture date
Nail polish - 1 year
Nail-polish remover - Lasts indefinitely
Perfume - 1 to 2 years
Rubbing alcohol - At least 3 years
Shampoo - 2 to 3 years
Shaving cream - 2 years or more
Tooth-whitening strips - 13 months
Wash'n Dri moist wipes
- Unopened: 2 years
- Opened: Good until dried out

Anti-aging and acne treatment - Three months to a year. Antioxidants are easily oxidized, so be on the lookout for any changes in color.
Blush/Bronzer- 18 months after first use
Body lotion - Two to three years, particularly if it’s in a pump container.
Concealer - 12 months after first use
Creme eye shadow - 6 months after first use
Creme blush - 12 months after first use
Eye and lip pencils - Three to five years. Sharpen them before each use as a way to preserve them and keep them clean.
Facial Moisturizer - 12 months after first use
Hairstyling products - Three to five years. Most are alcohol-based, which helps preserve the formula.
Lipstick and lip gloss - 18 months after first use
Liquid eyeliner - 3 months after first use
Liquid Foundation - 6 months after first use
Mascara and liquid eyeliner - Three to four months. Make sure you’re diligent about replacing these items to prevent contamination and infections.
Skin care products - 6 months after first use
Sunscreen - 6 months after first use


I never knew Lip Balm can last to 5 years!!!

Interesting tips from CBSNews

The following tips lessen the contamination of makeup and extend its use:

Use common sense.

Basic hygiene is key: Before applying makeup, wash your face and hands with soap.

Instead of directly touching your makeup by placing your fingers in the product, pour a little into your palm or scoop a little out with a disposable spoon or applicator.

Don't share your makeup with others.

Keep makeup containers tightly closed when not in use.

Throw makeup away if the color changes or an odor develops (makeup has preservatives, similar to that in food, which can break down over time).

Don't use water or, even worse, saliva, which could introduce bacteria that could easily grow out of control. If makeup has lost its original texture or consistency, the preservatives have probably broken down.

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