How to Check the Shelf Life of Your Cosmetics

Keep your vanity (and skin) healthy by tracking the shelf life of each product with our easy guide.
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May 14
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!Like all good things, your beauty products do come to an end. Whether it's you hitting empty because you love it so much, or it reaching the end of its shelf life, it's important to track the use of your beauty products to make sure they're still good to use! Check the shelf life icon on your product
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Whenever you get a new product, check it's shelf life via a small icon on the product's packaging. It's important to check this because forumulas, when expired, can mold and be more harmful than good for you.
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Why the shelf life matters Most skincare, haircare, and makeup products contain water, and water is a living thing that harbors life. This means that bacteria and mold can grow in your products over time, especially when exposed to air. Think of it this way—any product you use that has water or touches it constantly (like a makeup sponge) needs to be treated as disposable.
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Our Guide to Shelf Life
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Tips to Keep You Cosmetics Safe - Keep lids tightly closed - Store products in a cool place, away from sunlight - Try not to share your makeup products to prevent cross contamination - Apply products with clean hands or an applicator - Never dilute products (e.g., mixing water in mascara) - Opt for air-pump packages; less air exposure = less bacteria = longer shelf life
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