Makeup is so glamorous and fun that we tend to forget that it is, in fact, perishable. There is no governing body that ensures cosmetic companies are properly labeling their products with expiration dates, so your seemingly harmless tube of mascara could be harboring dangerous bacteria. A change in odor, consistency and color can be signs of a product past its prime, making it a cesspool of bacteria that causes infection, irritation, rashes and acne. Also, don’t only rely on your memory to track of all of your goodies, use expiration date stickers as a trusty reminder.
With some light maintenance, your beauty collection can live a long and healthy life. Check out our guide to find out when to kick your beauty products to the curb.