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Every woman has a makeup bag filled with makeups she hasn’t used in years. Actually, all cosmetics have different shelf life ranges. Some products last longer than others and some will expire before your other products do. It’s important to know what your products shelf life are because using expired products can cause skin and eye irritation, bacterial infections and breakouts.
A shelf life of cosmetics depends on a period after opening. Let’s check each item’s expiration date.
Face Peels & Masks
Acne Creams & Washes
Lip and Eye Pencils
Powder Eyeshadow & Blush
Body Lotion (Jar)
Shampoo & Conditioner
Body Lotion (Pump)
Unopened cosmetic products that are still sealed usually have a shelf life of 3-5 years. You can check the period after opening (PAO) symbol which is commonly found on packages of cosmetic products. It indicates how long the product is safe after the package is unsealed, for example, “12 M” means that the product will be good for 12 months after opening.
However, cosmetic shelf life also varies, depending on product composition, a function of storage and temperature. If anything looks or smells weird, don’t use it.
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