Why You Need to Purge Your Cosmetics

Have you ever scanned for junk in your vanity, purses, or bathroom drawers? Are you finding free chapsticks that you picked up from a career or job fair in 2011? Or, are you holding on to an eyeliner you bought two years ago because you want to save some money?

Firstly, I really can’t tell you how vital it is to learn one key concept: Beauty products have a shelf life and expire after sometime.

No, you cannot keep a shampoo bottle for 10 years. If you do keep it, don’t use it on your hair. If you’re not using it for your hair, I’m not sure why you would want to keep it anyways. All jokes aside, keeping boxes and drawers full of beauty products is absolutely unhealthy and unncesccary.

As a general rule of thumb, remember these timeframes:

  • Nail polish: 1 year
  • Body products, including lotions, shower gels and shampoo/conditoner: 2 years
  • Deodorant: 1-2 years
  • Sunscreens: 2-3 years
  • Facial creams/lotions, including acne treatments: 1 year
  • Eye makeup, including mascaras & liquid eyeliners: 3-4 months
  • Lipsticks: 1-2 years
  • Lip & eye pencils: 3-5 years
  • Liquid foundations: 12-18 months, check with your individual cosmetic company/this timeframe could vary.
  • Perfumes: 2 years, this may vary depending on storage methods.

Secondly, start practicing the art of decluttering.

If you’re not using a purple eyeshadow, get rid of it! If you’re holding on to free samples of lotions or soaps that you’ll never use, but just collected because, well, they were free- donate them if applicable!

Hope this helps everyone! Post your comments below! Send pictures of any beauty products you were able to donate! I know when I did this, I had an extra large cardboard box full of expired and/or unneeded products. When I finally trashed them, it was a feeling of relief and it really helped me organize my bathroom and vanity areas! Again, I do this every 6 months.

Also, be sure to look out for the M symbol on your cosmetics (some have them and some do not, but for those that do have them, it’s much easier to get an expiration date):


*It tells you the amount of time in months you have before a product expires, like 12M for this product!*


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