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Spring Cleaning: Skincare and Beauty Items You Need to Get Rid Of

When you are spring cleaning around your home, are you decluttering your skincare and beauty products? My guess is probably not, when you definitely should be. Like any other items, these products have an expiration date. So, regardless of how much product is left, once it hits the used by date, it is time to get rid of it.

And I know… it can be difficult to simply throw out a bottle that still has some product left in it. Especially when you’ve paid good money for it! However, bacteria and mold can start to grow. And if you’re using all-natural products, the ingredients will begin to lose their powerful qualities. (More on this down below.)

If you’re wondering when and what to ditch, I’ve rounded up a quick and easy list in case your products don’t say when to refresh them. 

Skin Products

  • Cleansers — Use within 1 year
  • Toners Use within 6 months to 1 year
  • Exfoliants — Use within 1 year
  • Serums Use within 6 months to 1 year
  • Moisturizers (Body or Facial) Use within 6 months to 1 year
  • Lip Balm — Use within 1 year


  • Mascara — Use within 3 to 6 months
  • Eyeliner — Use within 3 to 6 months
  • Foundations (Liquid, Stick or Powder) Use within 6 months to 1 year
  • Concealer (Liquid, Stick or Powder) Use within 6 months to 1 year
  • Blush (Powder-based) — Use within 2 to 3 years
  • Lipsticks / Lip glosses / Lip pencils Use within 2 to 3 years

Why Throw Them Out?

Throwing out skincare and makeup that are almost full might feel wasteful. Yet once they cross the expiration date, the product can easily become contaminated and toxic. This increases the chances of it causing harm to your face, skin or eyes.

Other factors also come into play here, such as how the products are stored, the quality of the product, and the date when you bought the product.

When it comes to organic products, they are usually free of preservatives. So that means they have a shorter shelf-life and should be used up or replaced more frequently.

Just remember… It is better to be safe than sorry. At the end of the day, you want to make sure that you are using good, quality products that will help your skin — not aggravate it. So spring clean your skincare and beauty products as soon as possible and let your beauty grow.

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