Out With The Old, In With The New: Releasing Expired Beauty Products

Happy Almost 2024, my beautiful friends! As we prepare to step into this fresh chapter, it’s not just about setting goals and intentions; it’s also about making space for them. And guess what? That includes your makeup bag and skincare shelf!

Today, let’s discuss something we often overlook – the expiration dates of our makeup and skincare products. Yes, just like that half-forgotten yogurt in the back of your fridge, your beloved beauty products have an expiration date too!

Why Tossing Expired Products Is Important

  1. Skin Health: Expired products can be a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to skin irritation, breakouts or worse. Your skin deserves love and care, not a bacteria party!
  2. Effectiveness: Over time, the active ingredients in skincare lose their potency. Using them past their prime is like trying to water plants with an empty watering can – not much happens.
  3. Quality: Makeup textures and colors can change over time. Clumpy mascara and dried-out foundation? No thank you, friend!


Finding Expiration Dates

Where are these mysterious dates? Here’s a mini-guide for ya!

  1. The Tiny Jar Symbol: Look for a small open jar icon with a number followed by ‘M’ (12M). This means the product is good for that many months after opening.
  2. Batch Codes: Sometimes, it’s a batch code instead of a date. You can check those codes online on some brand websites or batch code checkers.
  3. When In Doubt: If you can’t remember when you opened it and the product smells off, the texture is different or the color has changed, it’s time to say goodbye.
  4. Bonus Tip: Once you open a product, write the date on it in a permanent marker. Remember that if you haven’t opened your products, they still expire.


General Expiration Date Guidelines

Cream Products (foundation, concealer, liquid illuminators, etc.): 1 year

Mascara/Liquid Eyeliner: 3 months

Powder Products: 2 years

Lip Products: 1 year

Think of anything that you apply to your face with an applicator that goes back into the product or something that you dip your finger into.
Bacteria, bacteria, bacteria.

Skincare: My general rule is that if it’s a year old, it’s time for it to go.


Spiritual and Emotional Release

As a Spiritual Life Coach, I believe in the power of releasing what no longer serves us. Tossing out expired products isn’t just about skincare hygiene; it’s a symbolic act of letting go of the old and making room for new beginnings and energies.

Imagine each expired product you toss as releasing a little bit of the past, creating space for new experiences and joys. Here is an affirmation to support you: Each item I release is a step toward renewal. As I let go of expired makeup and skincare, I embrace a fresh start for my skin and spirit, creating space for new blessings and beauty in my life.


A Fresh Start

After you’ve cleared out, take a moment to appreciate the space you’ve created. It’s not just physical space, but an emotional and spiritual one too. Now, you’re ready to welcome in products that align with who you are now and where you’re headed.

My prayer for you is that this is supportive, that you are willing to surrender the products (no matter how much they cost), and that you are willing to say yes to new products that you will use more consistently so that you don’t have to worry about an expiration date – especially on your skincare.



Felicia Yvette

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