What To Know About Expiration Dates On Cosmetics

Back to NAM Blog

What To Know About Expiration Dates On Cosmetics

Because our business is providing reliable marking and coding equipment to a wide variety of industries, the team at Markem-Imaje realizes that for consumers, deciphering information including ingredients or expiration dates on cosmetics and other personal care items can be difficult or confusing. For instance, many cosmetics contain polyethylene glycol or oxybenzone, but how many really know what the purpose of these ingredients are, or their potential risks? While most cosmetics or personal care items do contain an ingredient list (although deciphering it may not be easy), not all of these products include an expiration date. For instance, most nail polishes, mascaras, foundations, and other products give the consumer no idea of how long they should use it. We've gathered a list to help you know when it may be time to toss some of the items you use on a regular basis. Mascara and liquid eyeliner should be thrown out after three months; however, if you get an eye infection and use the products, throw them out immediately. Perfume, nail polish, hair products (shampoo, styling products, conditioner), toothpaste - these products typically have a shelf-life of about two years. If something begins to smell funny, throw it away. Also store perfume or other scents in a dark place, away from sunlight. Liquid foundation, skin creams, sunscreen, products designed to fight wrinkles or acne, moisturizers - depending on how they are packaged, these products are generally safe to use for six months to one year. Products with a pump in place of a lid that is removed last longer, because they are not exposed to bacteria in the air. Eye/lip pencils, soap, lipstick, deodorant, mouthwash - these products are effective and safe to use for up to three years. In fact, some eye and lip pencils are good for five years. Powder-based foundations are also generally safe to use for up to three years. Loofahs and bath sponges have a fairly short life at about three to seven weeks. Why such a short life? Because of the holes in sponges and loofahs, they are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. You may want to consider a washable washcloth if you don't want to toss out your loofah every month. At Markem-Imaje, we understand that many consumers would be happy if manufacturers put expiration dates on cosmetics and personal care products. While some do, many do not. In the U.S., there are no regulations set forth in regards to expiration dates for these products, according to the FDA. Are you a manufacturer of cosmetics or personal care products? At Markem-Imaje, we provide quality coding and marking systems designed to keep your production lines going while reducing long-term costs. Call us today for unsurpassed coding solutions!

January 10, 2014
Markem-Imaje Announces Acquisition of CSAT

Markem-Imaje Announces Acquisition of CSAT
Back to top