Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wondering How Old Your Makeup and Other Cosmetics Actually Are!?

If you're like me and like to test out a lot of makeup and beauty items, it's easy to lose track of how long you've had each product. Although, recently I've started to date a lot of my beauty items so I can keep track of them more easily and know when they're expired.

Some beauty products have an expiry date right on them and some do not, but most should have a POA (Period After Opening) date. The PAO date refers to how long a product is good for from the time that it's first opened and is indicated by a picture of an open jar with the number of months the product is good for after opening it. But, in many cases, our beauty items may have been sitting on store shelves for years before they are purchased by us. Brands identify when each product was made by stamping the products with batch or lot numbers.

I recently saw a YouTube video by Jessica Braun, which caught my eye since it was about how old your makeup is. Jessica shared links to some sites in her video that can help us determine when a product was made based on these batch or lot numbers that are stamped onto our beauty products. I had no idea these sites existed and I find them really helpful, so I really wanted to share them with you! So, if you've got some old products sitting around and you can't recall just how old they are, these sites will at least give you an idea of how old they are. Although, the batch numbers indicate when they were made and not when you purchased the items. Products do have a shelf life as well but at least we can get an idea of just how old some of our products are.

If you are someone who purchases a lot of beauty items, you may want to start labelling when you purchase them. I find it very helpful.

Here are two great resources that will help you determine when a product was manufactured based on the batch or lot number on the product:

I'm finding these sites super helpful and I hope you do too! 

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