When Beauty Products Go Bad

Yes, ladies I know–makeup and beauty products are EXPENSIVE–however, so are doctors’ bills and funerals. So, we have to make sure that the products that we are using are up to par and not out-of-date, YIKES!

Many women are taking a huge risk by using outdated cosmetic products and by not realizing that these products are harboring many harmful microbes, molds, and bacteria as a result of how long we’ve had them.


Most products like foundations, lipsticks, and eye shadows are stamped with symbols called PAO’s, Period After Opening, which is a graphic symbol that identifies the useful lifetime of a cosmetic product after its package has been opened for the first time. It depicts an open cosmetics pot and is used together with a written number of months or years.

Women are ignoring the importance of knowing the shelf life of their products, which can cause rashes, blemished skin, and eye infections, which can all lead to permanent damage.

So I will be providing a few cosmetic facts for us to use as a holy grail for our makeup products life span.

  • If the product contains water, the lifespan is short. Water boosts the likeliness for bacteria, yeast, mold, and fungi.
  • Never add water or saliva to moisten remaining product.
  • Never pump your mascara bristle in & out of tube, this is introducing bacteria into your bottle.
  • Make sure that your products are away from humidity and are stored in cool temperatures.
  • Antioxidants, plant extracts, glycolic acid, and vitamin C in products are a source of food for bacteria, so please believe that you must be cautious.
  • In your makeup case, have a sharpie ready for action! Mark your opening dates on all bottles & containers so that you won’t have to guess the shelf life of your goodies.

  • “Preservative Free” cosmetics are a huge risk because ‘no preservatives’ means that the makeup is free range for bacteria and microbes to live & grow.
  • If you have an eye infection, toss ALL of your used brushes out to prevent future infections.
  • If possible, stay away from products in jars because they are also a high risk for bacteria. This occurs as a result of all the germs you come in contact with on your hands. If the product is available in spray or pump containers, that is the best option.
  • Use alcohol to clean shared products, like lipsticks, to prevent shared bacteria.


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