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    How long do you keep your beauty and makeup products?
    Susan Evans, MD posted:
    If you keep your cosmetics for too long, you could cause breakouts and potential infection in your skin. As a rule of thumb, liquid foundation should only be kept for 6 months, lipstick for 8 months, powdered makeup for 1 year, and mascara for 2 to 3 months. How long do you keep your cosmetics?
    IRIN2010 responded:
    Hey susan
    I have Got few questions sweetie.
    • what if i havent open the package of the lipstick or other make-up yet?
    • I am from Bangladesh and we dont get good cosmetics over here. so on my way back from Australia I bought a hell lot of cosmetics (including shampoo n all) with me and almost half of them are unused (still inside the packet) and got the sticker that shows that it can be used upto " 6 months after First use".Can i use them ?
    Thank you so much....
    Annie_WebMD_Staff replied to IRIN2010's response:
    Hi IRIN2010,

    Unopened skin care products should be stored in a cool, dry, place away from light, heat, and humidity. So storing unopened products in a humid bathroom isn't the best idea.

    Once opened products can deteriorate if stored in a hot and humid environment. Skin care anti-oxidants can deteriorate in the presence of light so you may want to keep them in a drawer or medicine cabinet.

    Regardless of when you bought them, if they smell "off" or if they have separated (like foundations and nail polishes), then it's likely they have gone bad and you should toss them out.

    Remember that mascaras should be replaced once opened every 2 to 3 months.

    - Annie
    Susan Evans, MD replied to IRIN2010's response:
    Dear IRIN2010,

    Many manufactures will place an expiration date on their products. The reason for this is that some makeup products contain active ingredients or preservatives that may not be as effective past a certain date. Clearly if the packaging has been opened or tampered with you should not use it. Using a product beyond the expiration date may run the risk of a potential allergic reaction or bacterial contamination .

    The fact that you are wondering if you should use it implies that you are already concerned. Using an outdated product because of the "price" may not be the best choice.

    Dr Evans
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    igetadeal responded:
    I appreciate with your views. But I think a healthy skin is more preferable than the applying cosmetics. So if your skin is good than nothing need to looks beautiful. I have been use obagi skin care products . That gives me a soft and smooth skin. I am not using any make up for me.

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