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It's Time To Start Throwing Out The Makeup You've Had For Years

How long have you had that mascara? Too long.

This is exactly how long you should be keeping every beauty product you own.

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Honestly ask yourself: Have you consistently added to your makeup collection for years, hardly throwing anything out?

Have you built your nail polish stash to include every color and shade under the sun, hardly using most of the colors in your arsenal?

If you've answered yes to any or all of these questions, it's time for a change. All the makeup you've had laying around for years can actually ruin your skin.

And those skin care products you've been stock piling are WREAKING HAVOC. Especially anything in a jar.

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"Products contained in jars have consumers touch the packaging with their hands. Over time, repeatedly dipping unwashed hands into the same product allows for bacteria to increase inside the packaging and in the product itself, which can lead to bacterial infections. Expired skin care products in general can cause bacterial infections, skin irritation, and redness," Dr. David Bank, board-certified dermatologist, tells BuzzFeed Life.

You know what expires fastest? Acne treatments.

Using expired sunscreen is no better than putting any run-of-the-mill lotion on your skin.

Skin care has a pretty set lifetime, but makeup has some wiggle room. There are some things you can do to make sure it doesn't expire faster than it should. First, keep everything as clean as possible.

Next, tightly shut every item you own and keep it stored at room temperature.

Stash your nail polish bottles in the fridge so they don't get all thick and gooey.

And don't go overboard with the polish thinner.

Getting rid of your makeup before it's finished can feel like throwing away gold.

But it's worth it in the end.

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Because nothing is worse than a major skin issue you could've avoided.