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When is it time to toss old beauty products?

You know your makeup and skincare items won’t last forever, but how long do they last? Check out this guide to know when to throw…


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[For Your Face]

Mascara and liquid eyeliner: Three to four months to prevent contamination and infections
Eye and lip pencils: Three to five years; sharpen them before each use to keep them clean.
Lipstick and lip gloss: Two to three years
Foundation: Two years; discard if discolored.
Anti-aging and acne treatments: Three months to a year; toss earlier if you notice a change in color.

[For Your Hair]

Hairstyling products: Three to five years; most are alcohol-based, and alcohol acts as a preservative.
Shampoo and conditioner: About three years

[For Your Body]

Sunscreen: One year; check the package for an expiration date.
Bar soap: Up to three years
Deodorant: Up to two years
Body lotion: Two to three years, particularly if it’s in a pump container, which is less likely to be contaminated than lotions in jars.
Bath oil: One year
Shaving cream: About two years
Perfume: About two years; longer if stored out of light and humidity.
Nail polish: One year

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