How Often Should You Change Your Mascara?

Yes, makeup has a use by date, who knew? I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and admit that I perhaps leave my makeup a little too long before replacing *cough* I’ve had an eyeshadow palette for over 4 years *cough*. Some products will breed bacteria quicker than others and mascara is definitely one of those products you should probably adhere to the use by in order to prevent any nasty infections happening around your eyes.

So, how often should you change your mascara?

The advised length of time you should keep your opened mascara for is 3 months. If you’re using your mascara almost everyday there is a good chance the product will have run out by then and you’ll need to replace it anyway. However, if like me and swap between products or you just don’t regularly wear your mascara it may be that the use by date is passing before you’ve finished the product in the tube.

Yes, this can be frustrating and purchasing a new mascara may feel like a waste of money but ask yourself this; would you rather have infection free eyes or save a tenner on a new product?

One way to prevent wasting product is to stick to one mascara at a time in the hopes you will need to purchase a new mascara before the 3 month recommended use by is up.

Sometimes you may find an old favourite mascara at the back of your makeup draw and think yeah, this will do without even knowing how long it’s been rolling about. Maybe that’s just me, I don’t know, but either way it may be a good idea to steer clean and treat yourself to a brand-new mascara, if anything, it’s a good excuse to do a bit of retail therapy!

Reasons you should be changing you mascaras every 3 months

Bacteria build up

The first obvious reason and one I’ve already touched on is the build up of bacteria. Mascara wands aren’t usually cleaned after use and the motion of apply your mascara then putting the wand back in its tube over and over again for months at a time is bound to allow germs to fester. You don’t want to be putting these on your eyelids.

Loss of performance

Even if you somehow manage to swerve any gunky infections around your eyes, it’s pretty likely that you’re mascara won’t be performing as well as it did in the early days. You’ll probably find after three months of pumping your mascara up and down (Quick tip: swirl you’re mascara rather than pumping, this will stop it from drying up so quick!) the formula has become dry and hard to reach its full potential on your lashes.

My mascara top picks

Looking for a new mascara to replace your old one? Let me enlighten you to some of my personal favourite mascaras on the market at the moment!

Replacing your mascara doesn’t need to be pricey. There are plenty of budget mascaras out there that will leave your lashes looking great without emptying your wallet.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara

If you’ve read any of my other mascara articles you may be bored of hearing about this one, but I won’t stop raving about it; it’s my favourite! All I can say is just buy it and try it for yourself if you want fanned out giraffe-length lashes.

I always purchase the waterproof version which has never left me with the dreaded smudgy under eyes even after an entire day’s wear. Be warned though it really is waterproof, sometimes it is a struggle to remove this bad boy off at the end of the day.

Glossier Lash Slick

Now, I can’t 100% confirm that this was the mascara that rejuvenated my lashes from short and stumpy to lusciously long, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that after using this mascara religiously for over a month my lashes were transformed to a healthy state. Here’s a bit of back story, I was a sucker for eyelashes extension and had a tendency to pull them out along with all my natural lashes – not good. Anyway, long story short I stepped away from my addiction to eyelash extensions and used this mascara instead within no time my lashes had grown back and looked longer than ever.

The Glosser Lash Slick mascara is super conditioning on the eyelashes which may have been they key factor in helping my lashes on the road recovery. Its also a tubing mascara, if you’re not familiar with a tubing mascara then basically they contain tiny fibres that enhance the length of your lashes further than you’re regular mascara.

Moral of the story, just give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

It’s a classic that will never let you down. If you haven’t tried the Roller Lash mascara by Benefit you’ve either been living under a rock or you’re a makeup novice. Even after years of sitting on the benefit makeup shelf this mascara still remains one of the best formulas out there.

Firstly, lets talk about the wand. It’s not called Roller Lash for no reason, the curved wand lifts and rolls your lashes without the need of an eyelash curler. Lets be honest who can be bothered to always curl their lashes? This mascara makes it super easy to achieve a lifted lengthened look.

One slight issue it’s not waterproof and with reluctance I do have to admit that occasionally I do find it a bit smudgy if I’ve been having one of those super long, chaotic days. I guess you can’t always have everything, right?

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