If you still have some products in your beauty cabinet that date back to your high school years, you may be surprised to hear that cosmetics actually have expiration dates.
Not only will expired beauty products be less effective, but they can potentially lead to irritation and infection if contaminated with bacteria, New York-based dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner told Shop TODAY.
While you can usually find the expiration dates marked somewhere on the container, even if you can’t, there are a few rules of thumb that experts recommend following for when you should be replacing your makeup.
According to Zeichner, things that come into direct contact with your skin, like mascara or eyeliner need to be replaced more often than other products. It’s recommended that you replace mascara every three months, lipsticks every year and eyeliner every three to six months (though pencils last longer than liquids). Primers and