Prescription or dermatologist brand skin care products should be fully effective and safe to use for two years after bottling. "If you use your products and regimens routinely you should never approach an unsafe usage date," notes Dr. Germain, "Consistency is key to reaping the benefits of anti-aging and preventative products." If you are using 'drug store' brand creams and serums general rule of thumb is to toss at a year old.
Using expired products not only weakens the results but can also lead to irritation or bacterial infections (especially those that do not seal appropriately, ie: jars or pop tops).
When cleaning out make-drawers and bags it is suggested to toss any items that no longer have lids or tops as bacteria can spread more easily, especially for eye products. Otherwise as a general rule you should toss mascara every three months, eyeliner and eye shadow every six to 12 months, lipstick every one and a half years and foundation/powders ever year according to Women's Health Magazine.
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