Did you know that June is National Safety Month?
That’s right – National Safety Month is dedicated to helping people learn how to curb behaviors and habits that can lead to health problems. While many organizations are focused on improving habits at work, on the road, and in the home, here at Laser Skin Care Center we think it’s worth emphasizing safety in your cosmetics bag.
It may seem trivial, but old make-up can lead to significant healthcare concerns. From eye makeup that causes infections to bacteria that can be passed through old lipstick, here’s a definitive timeline of when you should throw away old cosmetic products:
- Mascara: You should definitely throw away your mascara every three months, as bacteria quickly builds up on this staple cosmetic product. Ultimately you should be replacing your mascara up to four times per year.
- Eyeshadow and Eyeliner: Eyeshadow should be thrown away after two years (sooner if you use eyeshadow every day), while eyeliner should be thrown away between three to six months. The only exception to this rule is if your eyeshadow is cream-based; if so, you should toss it after a year.
- Foundation: Throw away your liquid foundation after a year; your powder foundation can be kept a little longer (usually around 18 months). If you apply your foundation with a sponge, make sure you replace your sponge as often as possible (daily would be best, unless you have a sponge designed to last several cleanings).
- Lipstick: Surprisingly, lipstick can last up to one year before it needs to be disposed of. Lip gloss should be thrown away sooner, as it typically lasts between six months to one year.
This June, take another look at your cosmetics bag to see what you should keep and what can be thrown away. Your health will thank you for it!