Throwing away your favorite cosmetics can be tough, but it’s very important that you adhere to their expiration dates. And since some beauty products don’t come with an exact expiration date, you may be wondering if your mascara really does expire.
Yes, mascara definitely does expire, just like all other cosmetics after sitting around for a period of time, and this is not just a marketing tactic to make you buy another one. Not only will your expired mascara work less efficiently, but it can also prove harmful to your eyes.
Now since a number of us might be guilty of using expired makeup intentionally or otherwise. It
is important to keep reading to learn about the risks of using expired mascara and ways to make
your mascara last longer.
How to tell if your mascara has expired
You can usually determine that your mascara has expired if you notice that there is a separation in the product’s
formula. If the mascara becomes dry and starts coming off the wand in clumps, or it can’t be
applied as smoothly as it used to before, you should throw it out and get another one. Additionally, once you notice that the mascara is starting to smell funky, this is a big telltale sign that your mascara has gone bad. Check out makeup.com’s chat with NYC-based makeup artist Andrew Velazquez for some expert perspective.
How long should you use your mascara before tossing it?
Ideally, your mascara should be replaced every 3-6 months. You may think that sounds pretty
wasteful, especially if it is not yet empty before the 3-6 month window. Nonetheless, the truth is that your mascara won’t be both effective or safe for use after this period. As a general rule, you should change your mascara every 3 months if you use it daily, but if you use it occasionally, you may be able to push it to 6 months. Check out this hack that helps you know when it’s time to change your mascara:
What happens when you use expired mascara?
After some time, the ingredients within your mascara will start to separate, and the product will no longer be as effective as it used to be. Also, since the cosmetics’ consistency will have changed, it may cause a chemical reaction, leaving your beloved mascara to essentially turn into something else! When you continue to apply such mascara, it can irritate and may do considerable harm to your eyesight.
Wet environments are very conducive for bacterial growth; this is why you need to replace your mascaras often to avoid eye infections. We all have bacteria that naturally exist on our eyelashes – therefore when you use your mascara, you transfer germs from your eyes to your wand, and eventually back into your mascara tube.
The moist nature of the mascara further helps to promote their growth. After 3-6 months, the abundance of bacteria colonising in your tube increases your risk of developing eye infections, such as styes or pink eye, which can possibly damage your vision in the long run. If you do suddenly come down with an eye infection of any type, immediately throw out all of your makeup products that you use on or near your eyes.
How to make your mascara last longer
You really can’t avoid the buildup of bacteria in your mascara tube after a while. However, if you’re not careful, you can make your mascara become a breeding ground for bacteria even faster than expected. Here are some tips that can help you increase the longevity of your mascara:
- Don’t share your mascara with anyone, as this can lead to cross-contamination, creating more bacterial growth. This also applies to eyeliner.
- Avoid pumping the wand in the tube as this increases the volume of air that can get inside. Doing this encourages bacterial growth, and may dry out your mascara, causing it to get clumpy sooner than it should.
- Instead of pumping the wand, pick up the mascara and pull it out with a twisting motion.
- Wash your face and eyes before applying your eye makeup products. This will help remove the dirt and bacteria harboring on your eyelashes.
The Fashionable Housewife has more helpful tips that can make your mascara last longer.
Mascaras do go bad after some time, and it is important to change your mascara every 3-6
months because of the sensitive nature of the eyes. Now that you know how to tell if your mascara has expired, and ways to keep your mascara lasting for a more extended period, you can apply these tips during your makeup routine to help you stay healthy whilst looking glamorous. And remember, never compromise your health, no matter how spenny your mascara was!