Can lipstick expire ?

You might have been using your favorite shades for a while, but do you know if your lipstick has an expiration date? Is it safe to use a tube that has been sitting in your makeup bag for months or even years?

So, here's the important question: Can lipstick expire ? I'll tell you some important things to know before using an old tube of lipstick!

The expiration date of lipstick depends on what it's made of. Lipsticks have oils, waxes, colors, and things to keep them fresh, and each of these lasts a different amount of time.

If your lipstick doesn't have many preservatives (like parabens or phenoxyethanol), it won't last as long as lipsticks with more of these. Lipsticks with no preservatives can go bad faster because they react with air.

Usually, if you store your lipsticks the right way, they'll be good for about a year after you first open them. But remember, different types of lipstick might expire at different times.


Does Liquid Lipstick Expire?

Liquid lipsticks usually last about one to two years on average, but this can change depending on the brand and how it's made.

Some liquid lipsticks might stay good for longer if they have preservatives or things to stop germs. It's important to look for the Period After Opening (PAO) symbol to know if it's still okay to use.

If your liquid lipstick smells, feels, or looks different, that might mean it's gone bad or expired, so it's best not to use it.

Does Lip Gloss Expire?

Lip gloss usually lasts about one to two years, but this might be different for each brand and how it's made. Just like liquid lipstick, when lip gloss gets old, it can start to smell weird, change how it feels, or its color might change.

It's not a good idea to use lip gloss that's expired because it can cause problems like irritation or infections on your lips. So, if your lip gloss is past its expiration date or looks off, it's better to throw it away.

Does Unused Lipstick Expire?

Lipsticks have a certain amount of time they're good for. After this time, it's best not to use them because their formula might not work well anymore.

This means your lipstick won't do its job properly, and it won't keep you safe from germs and other bad things.

Usually, if you haven't used your lipstick, it can last for up to two years. But if you keep it in the right way, it might last for three years before you need to get a new one.

Remember, even if your lipstick looks perfect after two or three years, it might not be safe to use anymore. That's why it's a good idea to throw away any lipstick that's over two years old, even if it's hard to say goodbye to it.

How To Know If Your Lipstick Has Expired?

To make sure your lipstick is still good and won't harm your skin, it's important to know when it's time to say goodbye to that old tube.

Now that you know lipstick can expire, you might wonder how to tell if it's gone bad.

Don't worry; I can help! Here are some ways to know if your lipstick is past its prime:

  • Texture and Consistency: If you see any changes like moisture on the lipstick or the color looking different in the tube, it might be time to let it go. Also, if your lipstick feels dry when you put it on and doesn't have its usual creamy finish, that's a sign it's expired. Sometimes, it might even start flaking onto your lips, and that's a clear sign it needs to be thrown away!
  • Smell: Don't forget to use your nose! If your lipstick smells bad, either from inside or outside the tube, it means something has gone wrong with it. In that case, it's best to get a new one!
  • Color: If you see any changes in the color, like it getting darker or having weird patches, it's a sign that you shouldn't use it.
  • Mold: Believe it or not, mold can start growing inside your lipstick tube. If you see mold, don't try to salvage it by cutting off the bad part; it's time to say goodbye to that lipstick.


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