Monday, 18 June 2012

Do you ever use products after their expiry date?

Hi everyone!

Hoarding makeup, skincare, jewellery and clothes is my biggest problem. I hate it and the situation is getting out of control. I decided to start with something easy and binned all skincare products that were no longer safe to use. Don't think I was using them after the expiry date. I wasn't. They were collecting dust in the bathroom or taking up space in my drawers.

I read a lot about skin care expiry dates and I am shocked with the fact that most of my skincare and makeup will have to be binned very soon :(
I always thought that it is safe to use beauty products until the expiry date printed on the packaging.
I was wrong. Once you open a product, the countdown starts and you have only got a couple of months to use it up. You can find this information on the packaging. Some creams are safe to use for 3 months, some will be ok to use for  6, 12 or 18 months.

Here is all the skincare I had to bin recently:

39 comments:

  1. Oh my.. thats a total waste :( But that you so much for your post, I never actually thought of checking for expiration dates on my skincare *yikes* Better start now!

    xx, diamondinrouge.blogspot.com

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    1. I collected so much stuff that I needed a clearout anyway.

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  2. That a lot of products, that I why I just stopped buying so much now, I'm now trying to use up a certain product before buying a new one. I just need to make a fast move on with my foundations, as I have too many. I been throwing out lots of nail polish recently, as they had gone off. x

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    1. I feel the same. I need to use up as much stuff as I can before I decide to buy a new product.

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  3. I use makeup a few months beyond expiration, in fact a lot of medicines can even be used after expiration for a maximum of 6 months. My grandmother is a doctor and she told me this. I was pretty surprised to hear it from her!

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    1. Makeup usually lasts longer than skincare. I use my eye shadows past their expiration date. It's good to know about the 6month rule. Thanks for letting me know. Most of the stuff I binned was 1 year after the expiration date :)

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  4. I'm terrible for keeping things past their expiration, really should sort everything out.

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    1. I am the same, but I was really running out of space :)

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  5. I ignore the expiry dates and just bin things when they look/smell different, apart from mascara, I'm fairly strict on that.

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    1. I've heard about mascara being safe to use for only 3 months from opening. It can cause a bad eye infection and irritation after the 3 month period. I am quite strict with mascara too, because of my sensitive eyes.

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  6. Aw, that's a lot of stuff you've had to throw out!! :(

    http://meine-schadenfreude.blogspot.co.nz/

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  7. i know it so sad isn't it!
    apparently the active ingredients that give you the benefits stop working after a certain amount of time :(
    xx

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    1. It is true, the active ingredients in skincare, especially serums and organic products stop working after a certain amount of time.

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  8. Hmmm...maybe you should check out gossmakeupartist which talks about expiration dates :) gives another look on it.

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    1. Great video. I totally agree with him about makeup expiration dates, especially powders etc. thanks for pointing this out.
      When it comes to skin care I am quite strict.

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  9. I know it's bad, but I never check my products for expiration dates :/ I only throw away products when it's obvious they're no longer safe to use...I should start paying more attention to this kind of things

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    1. I never used to care about it either until my hoard got a little bit out of control.

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  10. I always keep things close until I intend to use them, however most nail varnish says 36 months but even after that if its not gloopy its still good to use :) x

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    1. I am the same when it comes to nail varnish, If it isn't gloopy I keep using it :)

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  11. I usually throw out anything thats been longer after a year or two. :/


    The Fashion Cyclist
    http://thefashioncyclist.blogspot.com/

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    1. I think that even though, I keep products for quite a long time I don't seem to use them anyway, because of the new ones I purchased. That's my problem. I buy far too much skincare :)

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  12. I actually never check products for expiry dates it's quite shocking really isn't it! In a way it makes you realise how much we don't actually need to buy!

    Tia

    www.bellezzababe.blogspot.com

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    1. Its in our nature to buy stuff we don't need :) we are only human :) x

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  13. There should be (maybe there is and I don't know ^^) a support group for us skin care and makeup hoarders LOL Kidding aside, this post made me realize that I should choose carefully what to buy, I don't need five face scrubs or ten mascaras! Nobody does! Even less when some things cost an arm and a leg and it's going to be ruined in a few months. Thanks a lot for sharing this, I know it must have been difficult to throw things out, it sure is for me xo

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    1. Definitely, a support group would be helpful :)
      Throwing all this products out made me realise that I do not need anymore body lotions, foot creams, scrubs etc.

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  14. If I haven't managed to use something up before it's expiry date I will bin it unless I can't bare to part with it, like an expensive lipstick then I'll use it a teeny bit longer - bad I know! xo

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    1. Apparently lipsticks are safe to use a couple of years after the expiry date :)

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  15. I didn't even know there were expiry dates!!!! I alway use products I've had for months on end, oppsiee!

    http://jadorebeautybrushes.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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    1. I was always aware of expiry dates, but never binned anything until now ;)

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  16. depends - powder products? sure! Liquids (especially lush products) are kind of on a product by product basis. If it still smells good, I'll use it!

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    1. I noticed that about Lush products, some of them go off really fast and become smelly. Powders are usually safe to use for a couple of years and longs we keep them clean and the consistency doesn't change they should be ok.

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  17. Oh god, poor you! I`m so bad at checking dates (especially for MU), but i try not to collect products :)

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  18. Oh this seems such a shame! And a waste. I've never even thought about expiry dates before - expect to use mascara within 3 months. I guess we all need to learn to up products and not to hoard them! x

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  19. Be careful with your powder products--many of my makeup artist friends and enthusiasts said that you don't need to throw it out as long as you don't get them wet.

    I personally prefer my own method of figuring out when something expires instead of going by guidelines. If the smell or texture changes, it gets tossed out. The only thing I follow guidelines for is mascara because, well, you just shouldn't mess around when it comes to bacteria and your eyes.

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  20. I always thought it was alright to use after expiry date aswell. I now know better. I was shocked to realise that Benefit's High Beam only lasts 6 months!!!! I could never use the whole thing in 6 months! It's so expensive aswell :( xxx

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  21. I only use expiry dates and PAO's as a guide. I've had face wipes with an expiry date on & the next time I've bought them they don't have one on. Obviously they didn't need one. I think we've become a nation who are obsessed with use by and best before dates & throw stuff away because it says we should. If it looks, smells & feels ok I'll keep using it x

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  22. I never heard of these brands before but this products are looking very natural, thanks for the sharing...
    Skin Repair

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  23. i never use products after expiry! thats alot to throw away :(

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