Can Mascara Expire?
You just purchased your favorite mascara. But you still have your old one sitting in your makeup bag. You look at it and its still looks like it's okay...but is it? That depends on when you purchased it.
Like all makeup products, mascara does have an expiration date. This date starts from the first time you use it. Once it has come in contact with your lashes it has be infected with bacteria. Replacing your mascara regularly is crucial for avoiding eye infections. Sometimes you can easily notice the formula getting clumpy or starting to smell funny, signaling it’s gone bad other times it not so obvious. And most important, don’t ever share mascara, as it can cause cross-contamination.
To minimize eye infections, don't pump the wand. Doing this allows for more air to get into the tube, providing a breeding ground for germs. Contrary to what you may have heard on the internet, never try to revitalize dry mascara with eye drops, water, alcohol, glycerin or spit.
To avoid eye infections it is best to switch out every three months. Some mascaras will list a expiration date. If you have one that has not been opened then you can keep it for six months.
We suggest writing the date you got the mascara on the tube. This allow you to easily keep track of when it is time to get a new one.
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