How Old Is your Beauty and Hair Products?
Hi there my beautiful lovelies! Hope you guys are doing well and staying. Have you ever wondered if there is an expiration date for your beauty and hair products? The answer is yes. Today I will show you how to identify beauty and hair products expiration dates.
Beauty and Hair Products Expiration
Just like foods and medicine, the beauty and hair products we use have an expiration date. We just have to know where to find it. They are not designed to last forever. After all, makeup loses its quality, becomes harder to apply, and can even become harmful to your skin and cause infections as a result of bacteria buildup over time. If we use them past the expiration date, they can even cause irritation and infections. If you have sensitive skin then you are much more prone to the adverse reaction associated with expired products. When it comes to hair products, expired products can cause hair loss, irritation, and infections of the scalp.
How to Identify Beauty and Hair Products Expiration Date
Unlike food and medicine, beauty and hair products may not have a clear expiration date. You just have to know where to find those information hidden under symbols. If you are lucky some with just clearly say “expiration date” or “best used by” date. However, that’s not the case most of the time. In order to determine how long your products are safe to use, you have to check for tiny symbols on the packaging. One such simbol is the open cream jar symbol. The open cream jar symbol indicates how many months a product is meant to last after you’ve opened them. This icon is called the Period After Opening or PAO. PAO has the open cream jar symbol following by a number and the letter M. ‘M’ stands for month. Hence, the icon basically shows the number of months a product is safe to use after it has been unsealed.
While the US currently doesn’t require cosmetics to have an expiration date by law, the US Food & Drug Administration holds manufacturers responsible for ensuring their products are safe to use — and determining the shelf life of a product is considered part of their duty to consumers. Lip products should be thrown away sooner, usually after a year. Moreover, the FDA recommends getting rid of mascara after it becomes dry to prevent irritation to the eyes.
I have provided a general expiration guide for you above. If you can’t find the expiration date the above is a good reference. Remember every products has an end date, and it is in our best health interest to follow that end date, whether an expiration date of a PAO.
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