Expired Makeup Ruined My Skin

Expired Makeup Ruined My Skin #LeCityKitty

It’s a wonder I never knew that makeup could actually expire. In fact, there are expiration dates right on the labels. Writing this post now, I know how logical that sounds. But unfortunately for me, I had been hoarding makeup for a very long time. As a blogger, I have the wonderful opportunity to attend events from my favorite beauty brands. The current situation of my collection has accumulated, and resembles an isle in Sephora. Over the past few years I’ve noticed my skin go from flawless to embarrassingly blemished, and now I maintain a proper regimen to keep breakouts at bay. All this time, I was under the assumption that my adult acne was a result of hypothyroidism. As that may be true, I bet adding expired makeup to the mix did not help my case.

Expired Makeup Ruined My Skin #LeCityKitty
Expired Makeup Ruined My Skin #LeCityKitty

It never occurred to me that my beloved cosmetics could be the problem. After watching a YouTube video by Tia Ward, I came to realize that I was in for some trouble. Last year, when my skin began breaking out, I felt helpless. I tried tons of products to help remedy the solution, and eventually purchased new makeup. I was, however, still using bronzer and blush that I received from a Buxom event, a few years prior. Under my cheekbones and around my sideburns are where I broke out most. It is possible that your expired cosmetics could be the cause of your skin issues, too. Because products trap bacteria, they can cause skin irritation, breakouts, and eye infections. Gross! I recently tossed hundreds thousands of dollars worth of makeup, which saddened me, but my skin’s health is way more important.


Expired cosmetics begin to harbor bacteria, causing infections and pink eye. Molecule breakdown in these cosmetics could cause irritation, inflammation, and dermatitis. What’s more is, the efficiency of active ingredients will become compromised. Products with SPF, salicylic acid, or retinol will also lose its potency.

Expired Makeup Ruined My Skin #LeCityKitty

I did a little research and found, your cosmetics begin to expire the moment you open them. Also, the more moisture the product has—the shorter its lifespan. Typically, foundation will last anywhere from 6 months to 1 year. With eyeliner, lipstick, and nail polish, you have a year before they expire. Luckily, you can hold onto your blush for up to 2 years. However, mascara and eyeliner have the shortest lifespan, at 3 months max. It’s important you take a closer look at your cosmetics. Located on the back of each product, you’ll find a small jar with a number on it. The number will be followed by an “M” for the amount of months its good for. It’s time to check the labels, and throw out your expired makeup. I know it sucks to empty out your collection, but your skin will thank you for it!

I hope this post was helpful, and if you have questions, or anything you’d like to add, please feel free to comment below.


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