Check your bathroom or drawers and chances are you’ll find some rarely or never used makeup and skincare products you probably even forgot you had. But how do you know if these products are still safe to use? Beauty products gone bad don’t perform as well as they used to, and can even cause irritations or infections. Sometimes it is easy to recognize a product is gone bad (dried mascara or separated foundation), but more often, the changes are more subtle and harder to detect.
Expiration dates, even when printed on the packaging, usually don’t help much because they only tell how long a product can last after opening. But if you don’t remember when you opened it in the first place, that indication is useless. But don’t despair. There are 5 signs that tell you when a product has gone bad. Here they are:
Change in smell: if the product has a strange, foul or rancid odour it is time to throw it away.
Change in color: the colour of a product is sensitive to light, so if the product has packaged in a see-through container, it can change slightly. However, if the change is more drastic (for example, if your red lipstick has become orange), it’s time to toss it away.
Change in texture: a products has gone bad if the texture has changed and become lumpy, grainy, very thick or thin, or hard to apply.
Separation into two layers: if the active ingredient has separated from the rest of the formula, the product may not work properly anymore.
Bacteria or fungus contamination: if you notice fuzzy, black spots in your product, it might be contaminated with bacteria or fungus. Throw it away or you might risk to get an infection.
Do you check your stash regularly for expired products?
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