It’s one of those essential life chores we never quite get around to doing, but now there’s no excuse not to throw away old beauty products thanks to a little symbol most of us have probably never seen before.
While it’s tempting to plead ignorance and breathe a little extra life – and a couple months extra use – into your favourite foundation, there’s actually a very clear symbol on the packaging that tells you exactly when it needs to be binned.
Known as the period-after-opening symbol or PAO, it’s usually located on the back of the product.
This is pretty handy when you think of all the nasty things that can happen from using old make-up – think eye infections and skin irritations.
For those who still want a bit of a rough guideline, here’s when you should think about throwing your beauty buys away.
Make-up sponges: 1 month
Mascara and liquid eyeliner: 6 months
Concealer, foundation, moisturiser: 12 months
Blush, bronzer, eyeshade and eyeliner: 18 months
Lipstick and gloss: 18-24 months