Okay so the general consensus that I have found is change your mascara out every 3-6 months. Which, to me, seems like quite a wide timespan. Personally, I lean more towards the 3 month mark. I have found that if I hang onto my mascara for too long my eyelashes do not seem to be performing at their utmost potential. We’ve all seen it … the lady with the lumpy clumpy lashes. The one we all just want to take a eyelash comb to and rake out the cake. This is a prime example of someone who is due for some new mascara. Replacing your mascara every 3 months will help avoid problems of it drying out and becoming chunky. It will also lessen your chance of it developing bacteria that can lead to irritation and even infection.
Here are some signs you need to replace your mascara:
If it becomes clumpy
If it appears flaky and dry
If you notice a change in its color
If you notice it has a funky or rancid smell
If you recently had an eye infection (continuing to use it can lead to further infection and contamination)
If the mascara in the tube has come into contact with water (water contains bacteria)
So just like anything else, if you want to continue to get the best results, you must do your part too. When you purchase a new mascara it is a good idea to mark it on your calendar. Mark the day you purchased it as well as 3 months later when you plan on buying a new one. I like to write the purchase date on a sticker and slap it on the side of my mascara so I know for sure wherever I go how long I have until I need a new one. Hope this helps you ladies! Stay healthy!