Even though I made light about my newly acquired allergy to eye makeup, I have to admit that a little part of me died inside when I realized I was allergic to eyeshadow. I seriously love eyeshadow. The allergy is even more depressing than when I realized I was allergic to dairy (a story for another day). Except for a brief test to see if I was still allergic (yes), I’ve totally avoided any eye makeup for the past month, which means no mascara, no eyeliner, no primer, no eyeshadow and no brow powder. However, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to talk about makeup expiration dates and what to do if you find out you’re allergic to a beauty product. Keep reading for some helpful pointers if this ever happens to you.*
The Most Important Thing to Know
Before we dive in, it’s important to know that you can develop any allergy to any product at any time. Just because you’ve been using a product for an extended doesn’t mean you will not develop an allergy to it. Watch for changes in your skin, and if you notice bad side effects, discontinue use.
Know Your Makeup Expiration Dates
“Is your makeup expired?” was the first question I got from my friends when I sought their advice on my eyeshadow allergy. Knowing when your makeup expires is important because eventually the chemicals and bonders in your makeup will begin to break down, making the product more susceptible to bacteria and less effective. Expired products can give you rashes, make you break out and cause irritation. If your makeup falls outside the expiration guidelines, it may not be safe to use.
|Cream and Liquid Foundation
|12 to 18 Months|
When You Don’t Know if Your Makeup is Expired
You’ll also keep in mind that makeup can sit on the shelf for quite some time before it’s purchased. If you have an item that has long been discontinued or buy something on clearance because it’s being discontinued, keep in mind it may not fall in the above guidelines. If you can’t remember or can’t tell if your makeup is expired, keep an eye out for any changes in the product. If a product changes consistency, smell or texture, it is probably expired and it’s time to toss it out.
If you notice only certain products, like say a certain color eyeshadow, is causing irritation, start a list. Next track down the ingredients of each product–this can be found on the back of the of packaging or online. This way you may be able to find a common ingredient and phase that specific ingredient out of your makeup routine.
No Product is Worth Your Health
You shouldn’t have to learn this lesson the hard way. If you think a product is expired, toss it out. It may be hard to part with high end eyeshadow, but it would be a tragedy to part with your good vision. No product, no matter how expensive, should compromise your health.
*Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and this post should not be construed as medical advice. If you think you think a product has caused an allergy, seek the advice of a doctor.