Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Expiration Date for your products!!

Using the right skin regimen for your skin type is important because this will target all the issues you are concerned with. Such as rosacea, acne, wrinkles, skin discoloration, etc. Expiration date is also an important factor to check before buying your favorate moisturizer or eye cream. When a product is decomposed this may cause your skin to break out. All products have an expiration date! It is either displayed under or at the back of the product, and it is printed on the packaging as well.

Products slowly lose their efficacy once being opened or being exposed to sunlight. Those that include an SPF have a specific shelf-life. If the product has a funky smell, changed color or watery THROW IT AWAY!! Many products become ineffective after the expiration date, and some can be harmful.

  • Eye cream- 1 year
  • Face lotion- 3 years/SPF- see date on the box

  • Lip balm-1-5 years

  • Lipstick-2 years

  • Mascara-3 to 4 months

  • Perfume-1 to 2 years. To keep them lasting longer, store them in the fridge or away from direct sunlight.

  • Wash'n Dri moist wipes -Good until dried out
  • Anti-aging and acne treatment-3 months to 1 year

  • Body lotion-2-3 years

  • Sunscreen-Check the package for an expiration date

  • Eye and lip pencils-3-5 years

  • Lipgloss-18 months to 2 years

  • Foundation-one year

  • Powder-2 years. It can last longer, but it tends to dry out.

  • Concealer-1 year

  • Eyeshadows-3 years/Cream shadows-1 year

I was on Lara Hill website and was able to learn "MAC production codes are a handy way of working out how old your more perishable cosmetics are, as well as being useful for working out the 'safe' qualities of various pigments (certain pigments made after a particular date are listed as being safe for eyes, lips and face, whereas previous production lots of these same pigments may have been unsuitable for eyes or lips) and being a good indicator of whether a product is fake or not.

The first letter signifies the production run that month - A was the first run, B the second run and so forth.

The second letter or number signifies the month of production:













The final number indicates the year of production.

Using these numbers tells me that this Bombshell lipstick was made in the first production run of April, 2005."

Courtesy of Lara Hill

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