Cosmetics Have Expiration Date Too

December 11, 2012
Not all cosmetics have expiration date printed on them especially when their shelf life is 3 years or 30 months. This is a tough one since it’s hard to tell when the item was manufactured. Even so, there are precautionary measures that we can do to protect ourselves from the ugly effects of expired cosmetics.


One of trusted brands when it comes to cosmetics.
  1. Choose a reliable store to buy your make up or other personal care products. 
  2. Check the labels or packaging before heading towards the till. Always look at the period after opening (PAO) on the label. It looks like the picture below. Please take note, a cosmetic that has been opened are exposed to microorganisms that can cause skin irritation, allergies or infection.
  3. Close the container after every use to reduce chances of contamination.
  4.  If you’re not yet convince, you can check the physical consistency of the product. Check the smell, color and texture.
  5. If still you’re still unhappy, contact the manufacturer to verify manufacturing date of the cosmetic you have.
  6. Toss to the bin any expired make-up, face creams and similar items.
  7. Do not buy brands you don't trust. 
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22 comments:

  1. What a helpful tips Sis, do appreciate it :-) Sometimes I just buy medicine without checking the expiration dates. I mostly order my cosmetics online. I have to check the expiration from today. Thank you for sharing this to BPC mwah :-)

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  2. I was never aware of that I should be more careful in buying cosmetics now. And for sure I would be looking at the label. Thanks for the tip sis.

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  3. Opps thanks for the reminder.. I really don't read so much, especially with cosmetics. here for bpc!

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  4. Correct, expired cosmetics could do more harm to your skin than what it promise to you, to beautify.. Always check the labels and don't buy in the streets which has no guarantee on the safety of those cosmetics..

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  5. My husband is very big on reading labels and all when we go shopping. I rely on him for that lol. Everything has expiration I believe.

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  6. I'm probably one of those who recently found out that our fave beauty products do expire. And I'm one to hoard only to throw them later on. Sigh... Now I know better, and thanks a lot for sharing this info with matching photos to show where we can find the expiration. Sometimes, I just feel bad throwing my beauty products because they're a bit costly. But, it's also my fault for not using them and buying them out of whim. Lesson learned!

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  7. i have no idea how long cosmetics usually last.. i don't wear make-ups or any cosmetics in a normal day unless it's a party or an occasion which needs to.. i don't store one at home and if i need to have make-ups on, i usually go to a salon... but these tips are very helpful...

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  8. very helpful information, thank you so much for sharing this to us...I don't use cosmetics often and still have to learn how to properly apply them and seriously wanting to finally be able to put on gorgeous make up on my own...this article helped me a lot with do's and don'ts on cosmetics...happy day to you :)

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  9. I agree with you, "Do not buy brands you don't trust." or else it will be a waste.

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  10. really helpful tips!:) we really should check expiration dates on cosmetics as we applying these products on parts of our body

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  11. Last night, I went to the pharmacy to buy cough medicine for my little K :-) your post reminds me and I check the expiration date before I buy it. I also buy my favorite lotion, Jergen's am not sure if there is an expiration date on it :-)

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  12. Be it cosmetic products or plain sardinas, I always check the label. As a rule, have a second look when buying products Made in C.... ;)

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  13. It is really difficult to put our health at risk by using products that have not gained a reputation for quality and effectiveness.

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  14. I'm very particular with expiration dates when it comes to food products and medicines but I seldom check on make up and similar products.

    It is really important to buy trusted products all the time to avoid problems in the future.

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  15. ..but sometimes because we want to save or cannot afford to buy the next beauty products we tend to exhaust anything there left even if it expired, i've known some person like that and i always remind them that it ain't helpful to used an expired product.

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  16. i believe that too. cosmetics do expires. if u notice ur beauty products such as lipsticks, it would smell funny after a year or more. also the face powder, foundation, moisturizers and others

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  17. Thanks for sharing this very informative post, Len.

    I learned about this in one of the posts of my blogpals many years before. After reading it, I had become too particular in checking out all the labels of the products I purchase. It pays to be extra careful.

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  18. hello, i am here again from BPC.

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  19. Yes they do! In fact, I have a lipstick and a blush on brought all the way from CDO and after 2 years, I threw it away na kasi it was already expired. :D

    Great info you have shared!

    BPC hop!

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  20. Great tips. Good thing i don't use a lot of cosmetics. it's really hard to tell if the item is expired or still good especially if the date is not so visible. Thanks for sharing this tips

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  21. All items have expiration date talaga. As consumers, it is our task to determine that we use the products during their valid periods. Otherwise, may mga harmful effects talaga.

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  22. I also make sure I check every expiration date sa kahit anong produkto.. One time, may natira pang Pro-Active yung asawa ko at muntik ko na magamit kase kala ko ayos pa.. Di pa kase nabuksan eh pero walang nakalagay na exp date.. Buti nagtanong muna ako sa kanya, at nung sinabi nyang almost 3 years na yun, tinapon ko na.. I didn't want to take the chance.. Anyway, facial wash lang naman yun..

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