Beauty Products Expiration Dates Checklist

You know your makeup and skin-care items won’t last forever, but for how long are they good?

Makeup and hair products
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Skin Care

  • Antiaging and acne treatments:

    Three months to a year. Antioxidants are easily oxidized, so be on the lookout for any changes in color.

  • Sunscreen:

    Check the package for an expiration date.

  • Body lotion:

    Two to three years, particularly if it's in a pump container.

Hair Care

  • Shampoo:

    About three years.

  • Conditioner:

    About three years.

  • Hairstyling products:

    Three to five years. Most are alcohol-based, which helps preserve the formula.


  • Mascara and liquid eyeliner:

    Three to four months. Make sure you're diligent about replacing these items to prevent contamination and infections.

  • Eye and lip pencils:

    Three to five years. Sharpen them before each use as a way to preserve them and keep them clean.

  • Lipstick and lip gloss:

    Two to three years.

  • Foundation:

    About two years. Most bottles are designed to last that long. And if you don't use it, chances are you didn't love it to begin with.

Bath and Shower Products

  • Bar soap:

    Up to three years.

  • Shower gel:

    About three years.

  • Bath oil:

    One year.


  • Perfume:

    About two years. To get more mileage out of a perfume, resist the temptation to display a pretty bottle on your vanity. Instead, stash it away in a cool, dark place.

  • Nail polish:

    One year.

  • Shaving cream:

    About two years.

  • Deodorant:

    Up to two years.

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