While makeup can be expensive and hard to part with when the time arrives, it’s a necessary task for the sake of your skin. Using old makeup and application tools can cause acne, rashes and other skin issues you probably don’t want to deal with. This handy guide will tell you how long your beauty products will last and when it’s time to say goodbye.

Makeup Brushes
With regular cleaning and care, makeup brushes can last between one and five years. As it’s in constant contact with your face, it needs to be sanitized on a regular basis. A sign that it’s time to replace your brushes is when the bristles lose their softness and volume.

Like makeup, skin care products have an expiration date affixed to them. As dated products can negatively affect your skin, we recommend throwing out your moisturizer after a year or two. This timeframe will depend on the specific product and can easily be determined by reading the fine print. A number followed by the letter “M” will tell you how many months the product is good for once it’s been opened.

Foundation and Concealer
As long as you keep your foundation and concealer clean and sealed tightly, it can last you up to 1.5 years before needing to be replaced. Once it’s past its best before date, both beauty products will start to change colour and develop a smell. To keep your product fresh, wipe down the container every so often and make sure you’re not dipping dirty hands into it.

Blush, Bronzer and Eyeshadow
These three beauty products all share a few things in common: they’re both available in powder and cream formulas and they’ll last you about two years with careful use. Well, the powders do. Cream products, however, will only last one year. With the repeated dabbing of brushes into the product, bacteria and dead skin cells are being transferred everywhere. When a product, cream or powder, has darkened in colour, that’s an indicator that it’s time to let it go.

Eyeliner and Mascara
Products that come in direct contact with the eyes need to be monitored carefully or you’ll likely end up with an eye infection. Pencil eyeliners, for example, can last up to two years, being cleaned via sharpening. Liquid eyeliners, on the other hand, have a much shorter lifespan of three months. Mascara is much the same, in that it only lasts for about three months. The constant action of pumping the wand allows bacteria to linger and fester in the tube.

While it might not seem like you’d need to consistently replace your perfumes, the reality is that they can go bad as well. It’s recommended that you retire perfumes after 36 months. To properly maintain your scent and keep it lasting as long as possible, wipe down the nozzle every once in a while. Be sure to keep the bottle in a cool, dry space as well.

At Kaloya Skin Care, we specialize in addressing our client’s varying skin concerns. Our expert team provides relaxing skin care services that include facials, microdermabrasion, acne treatments and more. Be sure to call us today to get your free consultation.