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MUA Insiders: Why Expired Makeup is a Big No-No

Posted on April 22 2024

MUA Insiders: Why Expired Makeup is a Big No-No

A Guide to Checking Expiry Dates on Cosmetic Products

In the world of makeup, using expired products can not only compromise your flawless look but also pose serious risks to your health. At The Central School of Makeup, we understand the importance of safety and hygiene when it comes to cosmetics. That's why we've put together this guide to help you check for expiry dates on your makeup products.

Expired makeup can harbour bacteria, mould, and other harmful pathogens, leading to skin irritation, infections, and even more serious health issues. To ensure you're using safe and effective products, follow these steps to check for expiry dates:

1. Look for the PAO Symbol: Many cosmetics feature a Period After Opening (PAO) symbol—a small open jar icon with a number inside. This number indicates the number of months the product is safe to use after opening. For example, "12M" means the product is safe to use for 12 months after opening.

2. Check the Packaging: Some products may have an expiry date printed directly on the packaging or label. Look for phrases like "Use By," "Best Before," or "Expires On" followed by a date. If you can't find a specific date, check for a batch code, which can be used to determine the manufacturing date.

3. Assess the Product: Pay attention to changes in colour, texture, and scent. If a product has changed significantly from its original state or has developed an unusual odour, it may be expired and should be discarded.

4. Be Mindful of Shelf Life: Different types of makeup products have varying shelf lives. For example, liquid foundation and mascara typically expire sooner than powder products like eyeshadows and blushes. Refer to our makeup shelf life guide for more information.

At The Central School of Makeup, we prioritise the health and safety of our students and clients. That's why we offer comprehensive makeup courses that cover everything from application techniques to proper hygiene practices. Our experienced instructors are dedicated to providing hands-on training in a supportive and professional environment.

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