Sunday, November 1, 2015

Makeup and Skincare: On Expiration Date


In the wake of my mom’s complaining on how all of Hada Labo alpha-gokujyun products sold in Bintaro Xchange were nearing their expiration date, I checked all of my skincare products for their expiration date. I was disappointed to find that all of the Hada Labo products I was using, including one night cream which I intended to use after I run out of my current night cream, were nearing their expiration date as well. The night cream will be expired in three months! I immediately switched my night cream so that I can use it for at least 2.5 months. Meanwhile, most of the skincare products I have will not be expired before late 2016 or 2017. That should be relieving for now, though that also means I have to actively use them as effectively as possible before they are expired.

I am very concerned about expiration dates that I cringed when I read how someone, a beauty blogger, kept a really good liquid eyeliner for 2 years after being opened for a few times. I mean, I know it is really good… I like that eyeliner too… but keeping it for years while their average lifespan is about 6 months… *cringes again*. Everybody, please do not do that, especially if you suppose to be a role model for some make-up enthusiasts and younger girls learning makeup out there.

Since not every product mention their expiration date explicitly, and sometimes the expiration date is covered by some sticker containing translated product ingredients and the product’s exporter name and address (YES I am talking about you, The Body Shop Indonesia!), here is the compiled information on the average lifespan of some kinds of makeup:
  • Foundation: 1-2 years
  • Mascara: 3 months
  • Liquid Eyeliner: 6 months
  • Lipstick: 18 months - 2 years
  • Pencil Eye/Lip liner: 1-3 years
  • Eyeshadow: 18 months - 3 years
  • Powder: 18 months - 2 years
  • Blush on: 18 months
Please replace them A.S.A.P once they begin to smell weird and or show some texture changes, even if their expiration date is still a while away. I know that can be difficult to accept because we love our make up so much we do not want to part with them. What a trial of our life. Reality bites, and nothing is eternal. Anyway, I also put little sticky labels containing information on expiration date on almost every makeup and skincare products that will expire a few months after being opened.

After the recent finding I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I learned that I must not keep too many spare skincare products in my stash. I will only keep one per kind of product, e.g. one spare serum; one spare emulsion; one spare night cream; etc. I also learned that I have to be constantly reminded to check the expiration or manufacture year when buying any makeup and skincare products. I have to make sure that their expiration date is at least 2 years after buying.

Since I became aware of the risks of using expired makeup and skincare products, I abandoned the thought that I should save the best products for special occasions instead of using them up almost daily. For me, having them expired without being used often is more wasteful than using them up. The difficult part is that nowadays I want to buy a new lipstick every so often. There is just so much temptations, so many brands to try, and the trending lipsticks look so interesting (despite that I am not really into matte lipsticks that are trending nowadays - they look so dry! I thought glowy and moist look was trending a short while ago). It may be true that one cannot get enough lipstick, but sometimes we gotta rationalize our acts for good and fight back.