LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- As we embrace more natural skin-care products, we're also saying goodbye to a lot of the preservatives that help extend the shelf-lives of our creams and serums. So how long before these products start to go bad and should be tossed?
Here are five things to keep in mind from Yahoo!.
1. The more bacteria that enters your cosmetics and skincare, the less time that product has. To lengthen the lifespan of your cosmetics, always use a cotton swab or brush, instead of your finger to touch the product.
2. Doctors say when dealing with mascara and eye liner, it is better to be safe than sorry. Only hold on to those items for about three months before changing over. And without preservatives, a product should only be kept for around a year, even if unopened.
3. Like food, dermatologists say makeup gives off physical signs of going bad. Look for the separating of a product or a change in color. Also pay attention to the smell of a product. Once the smell has changed, it's time to toss it.
4. Beauty products that are powder-based, like powder blush and powder foundation, last a lot longer than their liquid counterparts. In fact, you can get 1 to 2 years wear out of them.
5. Liquid-based cosmetics, from foundation to lip gloss, can't be kept around for too long. Toss foundation and concealer after six months, and throw away lip gloss at around four months.